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Certain exceptions must be clearly assimilated respecting the character of Fraser as spokesman for the clique. There is a bit of half-truth in his occasional (acerbic) assertions that he has no political differences within the majority of the organization's leadership. He still adheres in something more than nominal fashion to the essential political conceptions which differentiate us within the socialist movement. In examining what he has supported and opposed during 1970, it is clear that he has attempted to bridge the political line of the majority to that of the Bavarians, and has thus inevitably vacillated between a national focus (e.g. Fraser-Borgmann defense work) and catering in various ways to the "anti-repression" tactic organic to the Outlook of the Bavarians, as he has otherwise vacillated in identifying the first part of the Draft Emergency Program as his own vhile omitting to treat the violent opposition of the Bavarians to the united-froat process of the second part of that Program.

There is another reason for his half-honest disavowal of political differences. He has no positive, practical alternative to the Labor Committees in view. To a significant degree the immaturity of his emerging political views is caused by such practical considerations. All of the chimerical tactical dreams he has proposed during 1970 have all proven to be delusions. Unless he were negotiating with the $WP, CP, PLP, IS, et al., the Bavarians have no practical alternative to the LCs in sight. Furthermore, Fraser is the only individual within the Bavarian grouping who has the potential talent for organizing a new organization independent of any now in existence, and he is -- apart from a few individuals who function as administrative extensions of his ego -- lacking in the quality of cadres which would be indispensable for founding a new organization. The liquidationist perspectives ofthe Bavarian grouping -- their hysterical determination to pop into what ever loose radical formation presents itself for that purpose -- is not the sort of qualification with which one can sanely propose to build something viable. In sum, Steve and the Bavarians are presently incapable of developing positive political differences openly within the rest of the LCs because they lack a glimmer of practical perspective for existence outside our organization.

Worse, his association with the Bavarians has been accompanied by a pronounced deterioration in the quality of his thinking. Compare "Economism or Socialism" (either version), or other writings of his during the 1968-early-1969 period, or his U.-Penn. address, with the Coney-Island Baroque of his "Reconversion In Review" or the conceptual mediocrity permeating the notorious "Fork In The Road." While he has shown signs of coming alive again in defense work, the Fraser of today is qualitatively inferior to the Fraser who established the Phila. LC in 1968.

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