ON MENSHEVISM IN THE LABOR COMMITTEES by L. Marcus (Lyndon LaRouche)
In general, this deterioration in his political qualities is a reflection of the general demoralization of the student-radical stratum -- the stratum to which our Bavarians are psychologically and otherwise mainly oriented in their desperate searches for "love and consolation." This general context for his demoralization is considerable abetted by the special circumstances leading to his departure from Phila. during the Fall of 1969.
Over the Summer of 1969, the Phila. LC began to dissipate, opening up Fall activity with diminished numbers and elan, and with a most unhealthy personal-political situation tolerated within the retreating organization. When not a single socialist or liberal in that city would lift a finger to assist the LC against a naked electoral frame-up, the Phila. LC underwent the most shattering demoralization -- and Fraser left town for Baltimore, seized by the delusion that his absence would witness the dropping of the frame-up case against him.
For a number of reasons, not entirely of his own making, by any means, Baltimore was a new defeat for him, as Boston later proved to be a crushing setback for his desperateaspirations during the first half of 1970. There are very few individuals who would not have secumbed to such pressures long before Steve did -- under those circumstances, and under the influence of his lack of cleaT conception of the ebb-flow turn through Sept., 1970. Fraser's original political differences with the LCs, the original expression of his political disorientation is his manifest opposition to Getting Back On The Track.
It was this demoralization which reduced Fraser to the putty-like state in which he was easily captured by the Bavarians.
Fraser demoralized?! One must not mistake his insolence for conviction! Actually, his insolence has increased in inverse proportion to his conviction, the insolence of self-doubt. (When in doubt, scream like Hell. When lacking a cpmpetent rebuttal, scream 'Slander.' Lacking a shred of a case, resort to the most flimsy procedural motions.)
In sum, lacking a positive practical basis for a positive political perspective, the Bavarian social tendency is forced (by default) to demanding extraordinary freedom of action within the organization (the LCs) which holds it captive. It demands a breakdown of all centralized policy-making control, as the condition favorable to the Bavarians' parasitizing on the material resources of the LC as a whole. Factional issues, for the Bavarians, thus take the form of complaints against "insufferable personalities" who threaten to get in the way of the parasitical role the clique has cut out for itself within our organization.