Barnesite Dog and Pony Show

Philip Ferguson plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Sat Feb 16 22:22:28 MST 2002


Dave Altman writes:
>Lately "The Militant," paper of the Barnesite US Socialist Workers Party,
>has been making much of the organization's latest "turn," toward "creating
>branches in workers' communities."  That the latest "turn" is yet another
>dog and pony show is illustrated by this item in the Feb. 18 "Militant."
>Note that while the Barnesite's new hall was "filled to capacity," only
>twenty people were in attendance, and this included Barnesites shipped in
>from Atlanta and North Carolina.


What get's me is that they are now into the 'third turn' or the third
something-or-other 'for the turn'.  Given that the first two 'turns'
managed to shake out about five-sixths of the membership, perhaps Barnes is
planning to finish them off entirely with this one!

Also, haven't we seen this before?  In the mid-70s, wasn't there a move to
working class communities, organising committees, and so on - based on the
Great Leader's view that the radicalisation of the late 60s/early 70s was
'deepening' and would not be reversed without the qestion of power being
posed in the US?

Has this guy ever been right about anything in the past 30-odd years?

If he was CEO of a serious company, rather than dictator of a cult, he'd
have been sacked years ago.

On the other hand, maybe the members think that where there's so much
horse-shit there must surely be a pony.

On another amusing note, they have a front-page article in the 'Militant'
on the Bloody Sunday march in Derry (at least they don't call it
Londonderry any more!).  The reporter tries to sound like she knows
something about Ireland, but rapidly makes a number of mistakes.  Thus she
refers to coaches going to the march from "Galloway in the west of
Ireland".  Presumably, she means Galway.

Then she talks about entertainer Christie Moore.  Presumably, this is the
Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore.  Since Christy is a common Irish
name, and everyone in Ireland knows who Christy Moore is, it's rather odd
she has it mixed up with the surname of a black British athlete.

The article also refers to the 'Republic', although for republicans the
'Republic' was actually established in 1918/19 and overthrown in a
counter-revolution in 1921-3.  The article's author, by contrast, seems to
be talking of the southern state - which is never *ever* referred to as the
'Republic' by republicans.

Since the gods have obviously made the Barnesites mad, all we are now
awaiting is their (obviously imminent) destruction.










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