There are still some Communists around

The country’s Communists will be celebrating 83 years as a political party Monday. The party goes by the name of Partido Vanguardia Popular and proclaims Marxism–Leninism as its basic philosophy.

The party has fallen on hard times and has not fielded a presidential candidate since 2006. But that was not always the case. The party was a partner with Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia and his efforts to address the social needs of the citizenry. The party members also joined with Calderón supporters in the 1948 civil war.

The winner, José Figueres Ferrer, promptly outlawed the party, a situation that existed until 1975.

“We live confronting difficulties, we are active and we are advancing,” said the party in a release marking its birthday. And the common cause is the defeat of capitalism and imperialism and the construction of a socialist society.

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