Are we hiring spies?

BY: Scott Hiley| January 20, 2021
Are we hiring spies?
QHi, I recently came across your website and thought your organization to be very reasonable. I am a student in college and I was wondering if I could apply to be a communist spy. Any advice? :)

Thanks for your interest in our clandestine ops/espionage program!  Here’s how the process works.  You apply for membership in our party, then continue your education, look for a job, participate in non-violent political activity in accordance with your beliefs, and live the outwardly normal life of a regular human being trying to get by in a system based on maximizing profits rather than meeting people’s needs.  But get this: the whole time, you’ll actually be gathering and analyzing information on capitalism and sharing it with other members and allies of a legal, open political party that makes no secret of its goals or program.

You can report on your experiences under capitalism by submitting them as articles to the People’s World ( or the party website ( You can even develop a secret identity based around a pen name if you’d like.  You could be Eugenia Eagleson, a retired teacher from Naperville who’s concerned about the impact of climate change on her grandchildren. Or Larry “Big Jim” Hayes, a laid off mechanic who’s giving cello lessons to make ends meet until he finds another full time gig.

Or you could be yourself.  You’re part of a generation that has inherited a world in deep economic, social, environmental, and political crisis, handed the task of solving a bunch of problems you didn’t cause.  And that’s basically what all Communists are: not secret agents, not operatives of some foreign power, just average working people trying to save the world.

We’d love to hear your ideas on how to do it, comrade.


For democracy. For equality. For socialism. For a sustainable future and a world that puts people before profits. Join the Communist Party USA today.

Join Now

We are a political party of the working class, for the working class, with no corporate sponsors or billionaire backers. Join the generations of workers whose generosity and solidarity sustains the fight for justice.

Donate Now

CPUSA Mailbag

If you have any questions related to CPUSA, you can ask our experts
  • QHow does the CPUSA feel about the current American foreign...
  • AThanks for a great question, Conlan.  CPUSA stands for peace and international solidarity, and has a long history of involvement...
Read More
Ask a question
See all Answer