ON MENSHEVISM IN THE LABOR COMMITTEES by L. Marcus (Lyndon LaRouche)
grossly exaggerated fear of the dangers of factional situations represents -- essentially because most of our members have not been previously "bloodied" in successful encounters with such problems. Too many of our members tend to overestimate the importance of shallowacross-the-board chess-play maneuvers, and thus they credit the Bavarians with tactically-successful maneuvers in respect to issues of tertiary significance to the outcome of this struggle. Logic-chopping, phrasemongering, etc., the devices into which Fraser is impelled because of the lack of political competence among the Bavarians, are of the most short-term benefits to any factional struggles. Once the majority begins organizing itself (finally) and begins pushing decisively for a political resolution of the internal situation, the Bavarian clique will begin to flake apart. What is fundamental in this situation? The majority has the "ball" -- the perspective of meaningful activities, while the Bavarians have nothing to offer but the sort of chimerical "new-SDS" gimmickry which has been the hallmark of the tactical incompetence during 1970.
A brief summation of the LC's accomplishments:
Prior to the Spring of 1966, it was impossible to begin to assemble left-radical individuals around the kind of political conceptions the NCLC represents today. It was not until that Spring that anyone in the New-Radical movement began to even treat economic questions seriously. The formation of the Labor Committees was thus made possible by the special circumstances which emerged around U.S. campuses during the Spring of 1967, circumstances which were exhausted by about March-April 1969. The existence of our organization, as a significant, emerging cadre-formation which has already significantly altered the balance of development in the U.S. (and European) socialist movement, and all of our accomplishments, must be mainly viewed as the benefits of one good year for establishing our organization -- from our founding in May 1968 through the Spring of 1969, when the whole campus-radical upsurges collapsed.
Considering the "competition" already existing in the field —the various established Communist, Maoist, "Trotskyist" formations -- the establishment of our organization as third in present relevance in the U.S. left-radical movement (putting into a special category the "nationality" organizations, the BPP, Young Lords) is one of the most remarkable achievements in the entire past centruy of the U.S. and European movements. Our present direct engagements with the CP-WLL and SWP-YSA over struggles for left-hegemony under conditions of emerging labor ferment are exemplary, symptomatic of what is imminently within our grasp, once «e iave settled with our demoralized Bavarian tendency within.