DSP and the Australian Socialist Alliance

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 4 12:47:38 MDT 2002

>If you mean that I draw the general framework through
>which I look at political issues from the CWI, you are
>of course correct. I received much of my political
>education in the CWI and I agree with the broad thrust
>of the CWI's perspectives and strategy.
>Is mise le meas
>Brian Cahill

Don't get me wrong. I actually think it is useful that organizations such
as yours exist. There are many young people who first learn about socialism
from a pamphlet or leaflet received on campus or at a worksite by a
indefatigable soul like yourself. Back in the 1950s, I used to look forward
to letters written by Nathan Pressman to the Republican Watchman in
Sullivan County, where I grew up. The Watchman got its name because its New
Deal liberal editors "watched" the Republican Party, its sworn foe. Nathan
was a life-long member of the Socialist Labor Party, a group started by
Daniel DeLeon around the turn of the century. After his death, the party
carried on his absence with little alteration. I found it somewhat bracing
to read condemnations of the capitalist system back in 1957, even though I
was far too young to do anything about it. Nathan was also a vegetarian and
used to insist on only the best when he shopped at my father's store. He
stayed at a bungalow colony owned and operated by the Mighty Atom, a Jewish
strongman who styled himself after Samson. Born Joe M. Greenstein, he never
cut his hair and like Nathan was also a vegetarian. He was pretty old by
this time, but he was still capable of bending nails with his teeth or
pulling a car by his hair.

Louis Proyect

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