It seems almost impossible that left wing folk singer Pete Seeger was still alive, dying this week, merely age 94. He was old enough to have actively campaigned with Henry Wallace in his notorious third party 1948 presidential campaign, with the former Vice President condemning President Truman’s resistance to Soviet aggression. Even more remarkably, he was old enough in 1939 to have sung in favor of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, which divided Poland and began World War II.
Seeger had been a Communist and Stalinist, which he later eventually disavowed, sheepishly admitting Stalin’s crimes. He even in his final years wrote an anti-Stalin song citing “Joe, cruel Joe.”