The Rise and Fall of UFO Communism

J. Posadas had no doubt UFOs existed, and if we found them, they’d be communists. The year was 1967, and Posadas was presiding over a world congress for a splinter cell of Latin American Trotskyists that had broken ranks with the Soviet Union decades prior, when Stalin came to power. By this point, Posadas and his motley crew of revolutionaries were a mere shadow of the organization that had once led the communist cause across South America.But they hadn’t lost faith in the promise of a global communist revolution, which they were certain would be preceded by devastating nuclear war. As far as Posadas and his followers were concerned, it was only a matter of time until communism emerged victorious from the radioactive fallout, and it was their duty to prepare for this inevitability.The tone of the ‘67 world congress was serious, and focused on pressing issues like impending nuclear annihilation. But one of its members, a sci-fi enthusiast by the name of Dante Minazzoli, insisted on addressing the existence of extraterrestrial life in the universe. It had been Minazzoli’s pet issue for years and it was starting to get on the nerves of many of the members of the…

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The Rise and Fall of UFO Communism

Updated: December 21, 2021 — 9:27 pm