The Socialist Workers Party: Recollections

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Sep 22 15:25:40 MDT 1995

On Fri, 22 Sep 1995 glevy at wrote:
> The setting: a "faction meeting" of the SWP members at Linden. Attending
> also was a leader [Sam Manuel, whom I knew since High School). Anyway,
> there was a proposal that we sell "Militants" in front of the factory
> gates on our 91st day. I said -- that's crazy. Our co-workers don't even
> know we are political. We should, at least, take a week to talk to them
> about our politics before we sold the Party newspaper in front of the
> plant [a radical suggestion]. Sam Manuel then gave a talk about how some
> party members [me] were really trying to "sabotage" the turn to industry
> and were "petty-bourgeois." I looked around the room -- all agreed with
> him [these people are crazy too].
Louis: I think you mean "fraction", Jerry. But otherwise this account
has a vivid you-are-there quality. It's just amazing how many people have
identical tales to tell. You're completely right, this isn't something
Barnes introduced into the SWP. He learned this from Dobbs who learned it
from Cannon.

The kind of socialist party I am trying to help build will be one in
which thousands of workers a day join by sending in e-mail after reading
something inspiring on the internet. No more plant gate sales! No more
"petty-bourgeois" baiting. Down with cultism. Down with sectarianism.
Long live socialism.

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