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CHAT: SWP anecdotes (was: RE: (POLITICS!!!): Putting the duh in Florida)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Saturday, December 9, 2000, 2:50
David Bell
> > From: John Cowan > > > > On Sun, 3 Dec 2000, Nik Taylor wrote: > > > > > Socialist Workers > > > Socialist (I wonder what the difference is?) > > > > The SP is a wishy-washy united frnt. The SWP are committed Trotskyists, > > dedicated to universal revolution. (My father always voted SWP; > > my mother, like me, held her nose firmly and voted Democratic.) > > And in my radical youth I left the Young Peoples Socialist League (YPSL), > the youth organization of the Socialist Party, to join the Young Socialist > Alliance (YSA), the youth organization of the Socialist Workers Party. > Although YPSL was somewhat left of its parent organization, it wasn't left > enough for my youthful passions. I later became one of YSA's delegates to > an International Socialist Youth Congress held in Caracas sometime in the > early '60s. Ah youth!
My 2 Socialist Worker anecdotes: 1. An acquaintance and former colleague of mine was recruited to sell the "Socialist Worker" newspaper. This he did, standing on the street corner, calling "SO-cialist WOR-ker! -- Buy one, get one free!" 2. In *my* radical youth I was, up until the death of socialism in, iirc, April 1985, a de facto (albeit dissenting) member of the SWP, but I never officially joined, in case at some time in the future a totalitarian regime took over the country and decided to purge former SWP members. (Half my family roots are in Central Europe, it must be remembered; a certain amount of paranoia would seem to be prudent.) --And.