Saturday, June 21, 2014
1981 Steve Clark introduction to "The Changing Face of U.S. Politics"
I did not read The Changing Face of U.S Politics until after I
joined the U.S. Socialist Workers Party in summer 1989. The copy I
bought was the 1981 first edition with the orange and brown
The third edition, from 2002, can be purchased here.
The second and third editions dispensed with the 1981 Steve
Clark introduction and the 1979 report to the Fourth
International by SWP leader Jack Barnes. These editions
replaced them with far more pertinent material on the turn to
industry based on party and fraction experience from the late
1980s and early 1990s.
I recently found a copy of the 1981 first edition at a local
bookstore here in Cleveland. Coincidentally, it belonged to a
fellow comrade in the Cleveland branch of my youth: Almeda
Kirsch. The red check marks and under-linings in the Barnes
report "The turn to industry and the tasks of the Fourth
International" are hers.
[What happened to the Fourth International's turn to industry?
Some Fourth Internationalists made it, and after a long struggle
reconstituted themselves as communist parties. The 1988 Mary-
Alice Waters document "The Communist Strategy of Party-Building
Today: A letter to comrades in Sweden"
tells that story, and can be purchased here. ]
The 1981 Clark introduction and the 1979 Barnes report I think
are of more than historical interest. They can be read here: