Workers' Revolutionary Party

Tom Condit tomcondit at igc.apc.org
Tue Sep 5 14:57:01 MDT 1995


While in Pittsburgh for the Independent Politics Summit (about
which more later), I ran into my old pal Herb Lewin, who is now
with a group called the Philadelphia Revolutionary Socialist
Group.  He sold me a copy of the _Workers Press_, organ of the
Workers Revolutionary Party (Cliff Slaughter).  I asked him which
WRP this was, and he replied that there was only one. I let it
pass.

Collectors of revolutionary whatever may be interested to know
that Peter Fryer, who was expelled by Healey circa 1959 or 1960
for thinking too much, is in the (Slaughter) WRP.  For those
under 50 on the list (I suspect most of you), Fryer was the
Budapest correspondent for the London _Daily Worker_ in 1956.
When he got back to the U.K., he discovered that they hadn't been
printing his dispatches, since they supported the workers'
revolution in Hungary and were filled with facts which were
extremely uncomfortable for pro-Moscow propagandists.  He
subsequently left the CPGB, became a Trotskyist, and wrote an
excellent book based on his suppressed reports at the time.

I suppose I should say who Herb Lewin is, too.  Those of you who
have the paperback edition of _Labor's Untold Story_ (known in
some circles as "Labor's Half-Told Story") can see a photo of him
on the cover being chased by some mounted cops.  Everyone who's
met him in the past 20 years has heard about this, because he's
quite proud of it.  (I would be, too.) He's an old independent
Trotskyist militant.  Now retired, he was a well-known activist
in the electrical machine industry, and there was actually a
wildcat strike once in the Philadelphia area which shut down
several plants to force his employer to rehire him after he was
victimized back in the 1940s.  He was the Peace & Freedom Party
candidate for President in 1988.

Tom Condit

Tom Condit
<tomcondit at igc.apc.org>
1801-A Cedar Street
Berkeley, California 94703
510-845-7251


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