From New International, Vol. I No. 5, December 1934, p. 164.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
OUR attention has been called to an editorial in the official organ of the Socialist Labor Party, The Weekly People, of Sept. 29, 1934. One of its paragraphs deserves the widest dissemination. It is the most compact and conclusive statement of SLP policy that has ever come to our notice. Defending itself from the charge of lack of influence, the editorial observes that
“The SLP is getting a hearing today among the workers as it never had before, but – and this a magazine-story-making professor would never be able to appreciate – the greater the influence of the SLP becomes, the less that influence will be noticeable by the seeker for sensational and saleable copy, because the greater will grow the conspiracy of silence with which every publicity agency surrounds the SLP, and also because in the same degree that the workers grasp the significance of SLP propaganda will they withdraw into the silence of study and contemplation, until finally the SLP principles and tactics have been thoroughly and widely understood as to find expression in Revolutionary Industrial Organization and revolutionary action. And, then, won’t the Simpsons who have been expatiating on the SLP’s lack of influence experience the shock of their lives!”
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