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Radical Laborism Versus Bolshevik Leadership

Spring 1977

This analysis was originally published in the Socialist Workers Party pre-convention Discussion Bulletin, Vol. 25, No. 14 in 1965. It is a companion work to the Political Resolution submitted by the then Seattle Branch of the SWP to the 21st National Convention in 1965. Most of the Political Resolution has subsequently been published under the… Read more »

Krasnowsky’s Kommentary

November 1966

Instead of presenting the transcript of one of my Friday Night KRAB-FM broadcasts in the column for this issue, I have excerpted sections from a letter I wrote last month to a young man who participated in the Northwest Regional Conference Against the War in Vietnam last year, and who is a member of the… Read more »

Excerpts from F.S.P. Statement on Black Power

November 1966

Support Black Power — Defend Civil Rights Militants The concept of Black Power has been used as an excuse for a national campaign against the Negro militants and a national conspiracy to destroy SNCC. Bayard Rustin says he is “for” Black Power — “but not like the SNCC and CORE.” Dr. King is “for” Black… Read more »

Open Letter to Reverend Shaw

November 1966

… 1. A serious peace program must begin by recognizing that PEACE ON THE BASIS OF THE STATUS QUO IS BOTH UNTHINKABLE AND IMPOSSIBLE. Colonial peoples are seeking to establish their freedom under their own control, and peace maintained by their continued subjugation is immoral and undesirable. The real fight for peace in the U.S…. Read more »

Letters from Connecticut

November 1966

(Comrade D.D. is an experienced and knowledgeable Marxist theoretician and organizer. A founder and key spokesman of the former Kirk-Kaye tendency in the SWP, he has since resigned from that party in order to assist the Freedom Socialist Party in its national strategy of probing realistic potentialities for revolutionary regroupment. His record in revolutionary socialism… Read more »

Greetings delivered to the Spartacist Conference by Dick Fraser

November 1966

As FSP’s socialist feminist orientation grew and the Spartacist League’s sexist ultraleftism increased, the relationship between the two organizations changed from these very early perspectives. For more recent analysis see: History as revised by left sexists: anti-feminist fiction On the Centrality of Feminism to the Liberation of the Working Class How Can African American Liberation… Read more »

First National Conference and Spartacist League marked by seriousness and youth

November 1966

As FSP’s socialist feminist orientation grew and the Spartacist League’s sexist ultraleftism increased, the relationship between the two organizations changed from these very early perspectives. For more recent analysis see: History as revised by left sexists: anti-feminist fiction On the Centrality of Feminism to the Liberation of the Working Class How Can African American Liberation… Read more »

A young Marxist looks at peace politics and radical parties

November 1966

Until recently, the Peace movement had been following an essentially “Popular Front” policy. By presenting moderate and respectable demands, it aimed at attracting independents and groupings from as far to the right as possible, even at the expense of excluding others further to the left. SANE and TTP were the most extreme examples. This strategy… Read more »

Seattle’s Free University is inaugurated amidst much publicity

November 1966

The Free University of Seattle has just been organized and is presently conducting classes in various makeshift classrooms. The regular premises leased for FUS could not be utilized since the local Fire Department swooped down on opening day and suspended operations. A temporary victim of its own success, FUS has been labeled by the local… Read more »

The First Three Months of Life

November 1966

With this issue of our paper, the Freedom Socialist Party is scarcely three months old. Without patting ourselves on the back, we can feel proud of what we did accomplish — including surviving these last hectic ninety days. At the time of the founding of FSP, we held a Press Conference and a few weeks… Read more »