[Marxism] SWP and Hired Petitioners

LouPaulsen LouPaulsen at comcast.net
Sat Jun 12 12:31:23 MDT 2004


----- Original Message -----
From: "Walter Lippmann" <walterlx at earthlink.net>
> I can tell you there never were any paid petitioners when I was
> doing it, for the first time in 1964 in upstate New York where
> a carload of people, including me and Nat Weinstein went around
> the smaller counties collecting those signatures to get the SWP
> ticket of DeBerry and Shaw on the ballot. In those days there
> was a completely undemocratic distribution requirement that we
> had to have fifty or a hundred signatures in each one of the
> state's sixty-two counties. This was not an easy thing to do,
> but we managed to get it done on more than one occasion. The
> SWP also petitioned in a number of other states through the
> years, never paying anyone for the work.

Well, apparently I was just wrong about this, so I take it back and
apologize.  (My point, of course, was that I wouldn't have thought badly
about the SWP for it if it had been true.)

Lou Paulsen





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