[Marxism] Re: Steve Beren

lshan lshan at bcn.net
Tue Mar 29 09:06:35 MST 2005

Steve Beren's activity in the SWP must have been extremely 
circumscribed by his athletic activity and fantasy athletic games.

As of 1998 he was the president of a SOM league. SOM leagues appear to 
be organized around fantasy baseball leagues and games.

Larry: You have played thousands of Strat games. Do you have any 
records of the leagues or tournaments in which you organized or played?

Steve: I have lots of scoresheets from ESSOM and other games I have 
played, but I also throw out a lot. I have many old ESSOM newsletters, 
and I still have the original draft list from the founding of the 
Federal League, plus the constitution of the Federal League. I have 
scoresheets from our 1982 exhibition series between the Skyliners 
(ESSOM Spring League) and Bluesox (Federal League), and various 
materials (including many scoresheets) from some face-to-face 
tournaments I've been to. I have a scoresheet from a game or two from a 
Tom Swank tournament  back in 1981 or so. And I have a tattered flyer I 
distributed in the IQBA face-to-face league complaining about people 
deliberately throwing games to get a higher draft pick in the next 

Larry: Have you participated in any other leagues other than SOM 

Steve: In the early 1980s, I was in a face-to-face SOM football league 
in New York. It was called the Big Apple Football League, and I had the 
Houston Oilers (one-dimensional offense led by Earl Campbell). I quit 
early in the second season. Also, I had the New York Green Stars in the 
North American Hockey Association (NAHA) about 20 years ago. I don't 
remember what happened with that league, but I didn't last long. And I 
recall that my team was very weak because I neglected scoring and 
passing and simply drafted the players with the highest defense 

Larry: Do you actively participate in sports?

Steve: I'm 47 years old now and I am no longer active in organized 
sports. I played in a fastpitch softball league from 1978-1982, with a 
lifetime batting average of .160 (but I did hit .280 in 1979!).... The 
firm I work for has a team in a serious soccer league, and I played a 
few games in 1996, but it was a little too much for me (especially when 
we would play in the cold and rain!)....

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As a 17-year-old college freshman at CCNY, I joined the Young Socialist 
Alliance, a communist youth group, in November 1968.  For 22 years, as 
a communist and supporter of the Socialist Workers Party, virtually all 
my time and resources were devoted to the "movement."  I resigned in 
December 1990, not because I had changed my mind, but because I was 
simply "burnt out."  I "retired" from politics, and started doing the 
normal things of life - dealing with career, friendships, family, 
health, etc.

I was totally broke and heavily in debt, having contributed a large 
part of my income over the years to the party.  As I worked my way out 
of debt, I realized I had some "personal issues" to deal with.  I 
gradually began to see that these "issues" reflected a spiritual lack - 
a very severe emptiness.  Gradually, and not necessarily according to a 
plan, I began to read the bible, study religious history, and change my 
own lifestyle.

As a communist, I had done some blatantly dishonest things.  For 
example, I participated in communist efforts to infiltrate certain key 
trade unions and certain key industries, lying about my job history and 
creating false resumes so that I could become a machinist or 
steelworker or textile worker or airport worker.

I obtained, and held down, a steady honest job.  And I found that I 
enjoyed working and pursuing a career.  I even had some modest success.

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After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, I realized I had a 
WELL--SEE BELOW] to make as a citizen political activist.  I have a 
particular insight into the true motives of antiwar radicals and 
antigovernment extremists, and I found myself called to do what I could 
to help support the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

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Steve Beren - 2005 Speaking Tour

Steve Beren is always available [IF HE IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. HIS JOB NOW 
IS AS A HUCKSTER FOR THE RIGHT WING] for radio, TV, and print media 
interviews.  If you would like to interview him for your program or 
publication, CLICK HERE

If your organization is planning an event, and would like to book Steve 
Beren for a speaking engagement:

For lectures, panel discussions, and debates, please note that the 
speaker's fee for Steve Beren varies depending on the specifics of the 
event.  His speaker's fee is negotiable for talks given in the Seattle 
area.  For out of town speeches requiring travel, his usual fee is 
$1,250, not including travel and lodging.  Please note that all fees 
are completely negotiable under certain circumstances or for charitable 

from Brian Shannon

P.S.: I believe that he was one of the few who supported me when I 
opposed the SWP's endorsing Amadeo Richardson (a writer for the nation 
CP newspaper--Weekly People?) for a local office in Greenwich Village.

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