[Marxism] What a swell party this is!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 17 18:29:17 MST 2006


From: http://members.optushome.com.au/spainter/conferencewrap.html

Immediately after the conference, the Percy-Lorimer minority declared that 
they would not dissolve their faction and took the name, Leninist Faction. 
They justified that on the grounds on that the majority are a Social 
Democratic deviation, which from where I sit seems a rather strange 
characterisation.

This declaration of an ongoing faction in the DSP is rather un-Cannonist, 
or if you prefer an analogy from Catholic religious dogma, uncanonical, and 
it's unprecedented in the DSP. Both factions of the DSP consider themselves 
Leninists in the tradition of James P. Cannon, of the US SWP, and Cannon 
polemicises at length against permanent factions. He also declares that 
creating a faction is a declaration of war in the party.

---

Cole Porter, "Well Did You Evah?"

Have you heard, among this clan,
I am called "The forgotten man"?
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!
Have you heard the story of
Dexter boy being gypped by love?
Well, did you evah!
What a swell party this is!
What frails, what frocks!
What furs, what rocks!
What gaiety!
It's all too exquis!
That French champagne!
So good for the brain!
That band, it's the end!
Kindly don't fall down, my friend,
Have you heard? Professor Munch
Ate his wife and divorced his lunch.
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!
Have you heard? The countess Krupp
Crossed the bridge when the bridge was up.
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!

Refrain

Have you heard that Mimsie Starr
Just got pinched in the Astor bar?
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!
Have you heard that Uncle Newt
Forgot to open his parachute?
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!
It's great, it's grand!
It's wonderland!
What soup, what fish!
That beef, what a dish!
That grouse, so rare!
That old camembert!
That baba au rhum!
Will you please move over, chum?
Have you heard the poor dear Blanche
Got run down by an avalanche?
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!
Have you heard? It's in the stars
Next July we collide with Mars.
Well, did you evah?
What a swell party this is!





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