Barnesite Dog and Pony Show

Tom Siblo tsiblo at
Sat Feb 16 18:49:38 MST 2002

Dear Marty:

I am not surprised by your report on the Militant Labor Forum. So the new
turn is to move to worker communities.  All my life I have lived in a
"worker community" and never won me any new converts to socialism.  The turn
to industry and now the turn to the community.  If this means appearing at
my door after the Jehovah Witnesses drop off this weeks latest Asleep
magazine then I think Jack Barnes has finally reached a point of outright

Marx and Engels worked with communist workers.  These workers were real.
They were revolutionaries who actively fought for democratic rights and
complete equality. It was their political development over a period of years
that lead to the Communist Manifesto.

Moving into a working class neighborhood is not going to make any difference
unless the SWP transforms itself into a real revolutionary party.  Will the
SWP Serve the People breakfast, lunch, dinner or perhaps locate better
housing?  This what the Black Panthers did in the 60s and the SWP put them
down for it. What is the SWP going to do?  Hand out leaflets at the Knights
of Columbus Bingo nights about the SWP?

So many times the SWP has had the chance and opportunity to link up with
real working class leaders and groups and they screwed it up. I am talking
about the Barnes majority.  If a million workers marched into the Militant
Labor Forum for Friday night they would not know what to do with them. They
would probably do what they did to you Marty. They will insult them and
their intelligence.

Working people know when you are for real.  They can tell just by what you
are saying and doing. It is a real shame all the resources most of us spent
on establishing the SWP and other parties just like it.

What is more important  is to forget them (the SWP) and get out there and
talk with some healthy people about the US war drive and need to organize.
It does not matter who you talk to, or. whether they are a student, worker
or farmer because its going to impact on all of them in the very near
future. It is destroying the economy and soon more and more jobs are going
to be lost. It is going to perhaps kill millions unless we stop them.

Also you will talk socialism. You know what you want and you know its the
right direction for our people and class.  Let's just hope they by pass
Barnes and his halls and go directly to the streets where they will find us
handing out the new program of the new revitalized Workers Party. It will be
there party, not Barnes, or Bush or anyone elses. It is going to happen. It
cannot happen any other way.


Tom Siblo
left the SWP in 1979.

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