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This, together with certain noisy low lights of the Oct. 24-25 NC meeting,indelibly show Eraser's role as captive of the Bavarian clique. That is to refer immediately to the three-man psychotic episode staged by Fraser, Milkman and Sirota, successively ... for over three-quarters of an hour of Bavarian ranting and drivelling before the meeting returned to a semblance of order.

During a discussion of defense policy (the agenda item at the point of the meeting) Marty Solitrin lied by asserting that Johnson had totally misrepresented the Phila. situation, and then went on to give an account of the Phila. "differences" which defied the laws of the entire universe in its representation of nature. When this was pointed out, by the Phila. minutes as well as the statements of concurrence made then by Borgmann and Berg, Marty, under pressure from Marcus (especially) began to qualify his "explanation." He stated, with the prefatory, "Maybe I'm sticking my neck out..." and thereupon proceeded to explain defense tactics as follows: Initially, Solitrin proposed, Steve would play down the political content of the defense case, confining himself to a "love me" pitch to liberals and radicals generally; at a later, second stage of the work, we would begin to unveil the political evidence of the defense case.

Fraser hastily cut in on the discussion (interrupting those speaking -- as usual) to announce, "What Marty really meant to say was this..." Whereupon Fraser gave a volunteer explanation of what a two-stage defense tactic might mean, and otherwise limited himself to denying that Marty had said exactly what he-had just plainly stated before the entire company. (The credulity of some people in endorsing Fraser's remarks under those circumstances is of particular clinical interest.) When Marcus returned to the question at hand, rudely refusing to be put off by Fraser's "explanations," he explained his point to Solitrin in particular: Since even Fraser, directly involved in the policy work, had been somewhat confused about aspects of defense policy on Monday of the previous week, we must assume that most other people are also somewhat confused. At which point Fraser (interrupting as usual) began screaming "Slander," and after that pretext for interruption, launched into a ranting series of diatribes plainly intended to distract attention from the matter under discussion. Fraser was immediately succeeded by Milkman, who also chattered loudly about everything but the agenda-item under discussion, and Milkman was succeeded by Sirota, who boorishly proposed to patch things up by dropping the item still on the agenda.

This illustrates the exact nature of Fraser's symbiotic relationship to the Bavarian clique. He covers up their foolish statements, often-with the code phrase, "What really means to say..." and otherwise attempts to both dignify the Bavarian's indefensible blunders and to supply the clique with the tactical recipes it lacks the competence to develop for itself. Thus, he holds the Bavarians together as a clique, and supplies formulas, recipes and cracker-barrel-attorney services which none of the Bavarians are qualified to develop for themselves,

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