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The main weaknesses to be corrected -- apart from the obvious need for accelerated theoretical development -- are in the domain of the realization of our political policies and perspectives rather than in the need for some glittering new gimmickry of the sort Steve attempted to conjure up out of fantasy at the Jan. 1970 conference. Realization means the manifestation of intellectual conceptions, analysis, program, etr.., in the form of practice -- in the form of organized practice. Our main difficulty has been that of a gross lag between our excellent analyses of what has to be done and our manifest capacity to act in a concerted way, as a national organization, to actually carry our these decisions. Thus, the main political problems of the organization take the inevitable immediate form of organizational problems.

This reflects the slovenly distribution and financing of New Solidarity and the Campaigner. Those who have been excited to the point of frenzy in quibbling over the representation of their views in these publications have been content to employ material resources to publish pamphlets ("Fork in the Road," the cited Ithaca pamphlets, the atrocious and unprincipled Seattle "Labor Action" newsletter) to circulate views often violently contrary to the politics of the entire organization as a whole. The Bavarians have been most zealous to impose centralism on the majority, but toward their own private undertakings in the name of the entire organization, they insolently do as they please.

A few obvious facts underline the point. We have sufficient membership to circulate and produce 25,000 weekly issues of an 8-12 page weekly New Solidarity, of considerably improved physical and editorial quality, and without any of the make-work panic employed by the SWP-YSA. With a slight improvement in our financing habits, in orderly distribution and accounting for subscriptions and sales, we could readily achieve such goals essentially as a by-product of the tactical and propaganda activities conducted on and off campuses as the labor upsurge progresses. We should be able to sell 5,000 copies weekly before Spring (if not more) through subscriptions, newstands and individual copy sales, distributing an additional 20,000 as the means of extending the circulation base at the most rapid rate by consistently working among strata in which we aim at building up a regular readership.

This drive favoring the New Solidarity results in less necessary emphasis on the Campaigner, while the newspaper carries regular magazine-type features. Even so, the Campaigner should become regularly bi-monthly and sell about 2,500 copies -- of which a significant proportion will be back-issue sales.

This sort of systematic propaganda work is absolutely indispensable to everything else we can reasonably envisage.

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