[Marxism] Re: The Imperialist Squeeze on Sudan

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Sun Aug 29 12:17:59 MDT 2004


Bill Bailey belonged to every radical party that ever came to be
Till he finally decided to start his own party so he wouldn't disagree.
He got himself an office with a sign outside the door, with "Marxist
League" in letters red,
And to everyone who came around these were the words he said:
 
     "Oh, you may be a friend of Max Shachtman, Jim Cannon and you may
agree,
    You may get along with Norman Thomas and with Algernon Lee.
    You may be an old-time Wobbly, and think Jay Lovestone's fine,
    Yes, you may be a comrade to all of these folks, but you ain't no
Comrade of mine."
 
For 17 years Bill Bailey kept his office with the sign outside the door,
But he never, ever got a new member. Everybody made him sore.
And then one night, there came a big fire and through the flame and
smoke, 
As the firemen rushed in to save Bill's life, these were the words he
spoke: (cont.)
 
    "Oh, you may be a friend of Ben Gitlow; Reverend Muste and you may
agree,
    You may get along with Emma Goldman and with the S.L.P.
    You may have belonged to every radi- cal party that ever had a line,
    Yes, you may be a comrade to all of those folks, but you ain't no
comrade of mine."
 
And so on this day, Bill Bailey passed away, and his soul to Red Heaven
flew.
He was met at the gate by old Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, too.
They said, "Welcome, comrade," as they opened the gate to let Bill come
inside,
As he slammed the door back in old Karl's face, these were the words he
cried:
 
     "Oh, you may be a friend of Karl Kautsky, and a pal of Ferd
LaSalle,
    You may get along with William Liebknecht and the First Inter-
nationale,
    Yes, you may have inspired every radical party from the Hudson to
the Rhine,
    Oh, you may be a comrade of all of those folks, but you ain't no
comrade of mine."
 
 



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