Up to this point,, it is the almost universal and mistaken opinion of LC members that Steve Fraser is the political instigator of a clique-formation. It is hardly unusual to so find mere surface appearances mistaken for reality. To be the chief sopkes:\an ror a social formation (e.g., chief public relations employee) is by no means evidence that one has either founded or owns "the company." It is a useful, corrective exaggeration to state that Fraser is actually the principal pawn and dupe of a Menshevik social tendency which has been spawned in the Bavarian hinterlands of our organization.
The essential feature of this development was adequately diagnosed a month before the Menshevik tendency first surgaced under the cover of Eraser's spokesmanship at the Jan., 1970 conference.I refer to Getting Back on the Track (Nov. 29, 1969), a document far more important and up to date today than at the time it was written. I shall not, therefore, develop de novo here vhat is already adequately stated in that document.
To remove any mystery at the start, by "Bavarian hinterlands" I mean to allude to Wilhelm Liebknecht's analysis of the reformist tendency in the 1899 German Social-Democracy, and I also mean to identify certain sections of our (second-half, 1969) Philadelphia and Ithaca memberships. This identification does not imply that the members of the reformist, or Bavarian tendency were personally defective (although psychological traits, are a.key consideration in choice of political development); the point is that sections of the Philadelphia and Ithaca memberships were subjected to the effects of the collapse of the petit-bourgeois radical movement undor conditions in which those members had not yet approached the quality of political development of the NY membership generally. It was in the intellectually and politically underdeveloped parts of our national organization that we inevitably spawned the worst effects of a general ebb in left-radical morale across the nation for our own organization.
Before turning to the systematic features of this discussion-document, it is only fair to the Bavarians to identify the circumstances of Fall, 1969, which found sections of the Philadelphia and Ithaca memberships at such remarkable intellectual and political disadvantage to the NY membership generally.
During all of 1968 and most of 1969, the Ithaca organization was an appendage of the Phila. LC, ;and in the Phila. Committee, only Fraser had qualifications of leadership -- not to disparage the potentialities of numerous recruits in those locations.