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IRONY: A Fabian Socialist (Xavier Martinez) arguing with a Revolutionary Marxist Socialist (Jack London)

 
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IRONY: A Fabian Socialist (Xavier Martinez) arguing with a Revolutionary Marxist Socialist (Jack London)
Now THIS is irony for you....

A Fabian Socialist (Xavier Martinez) arguing with a Revolutionary Marxist Socialist (Jack London) of the wording of a pamphlet on socialism to be released....

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drifted apart when Father's break with the Socialist Party occurred.

My father often recalled that he had written a pamphlet on socialism to be printed and distributed in Oakland. He had worked it out with care because he wanted it to be read and his friends all applauded this excellent exposition of Fabian Socialism. However, Jack London suggested it should have at the top the Marxian slogan, "Let the capitalists tremble!". My father replied, "I object! I want this pamphlet read and one look at that heading and it will be thrown into the wastebasket." There was an uproar and finally Jack London demanded "We'll vote on it". It came up for the vote and Jack's supporters won. "Let the capitalists tremble" would be put at the top of this pamphlet. My father was upset. He declared "I have written this and I should have the right to say how it should be printed. I object so strenuously that I warn you I'll leave the party." They laughed and said "He'll get over it". Father further refused to sign his name to it. When the pamphlet came out my father left the party for good, telling them he was not interested in or liked Revolutionary Marxism.

Bessie, Jack London's first wife, since father was no longer a Socialist and Jack had no use for him, added fuel to the fire and deepened the feud by telling their friends that Jack had walked through rainstorms and mud to go over to him and review his first manuscripts with him. Father was deeply hurt. What infuriated him was that he was ten years older than Jack London and he had a better and wider background, and a bitter experience of pioneering.

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Re: IRONY: A Fabian Socialist (Xavier Martinez) arguing with a Revolutionary Marxist Socialist (Jack London)
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Re: IRONY: A Fabian Socialist (Xavier Martinez) arguing with a Revolutionary Marxist Socialist (Jack London)
Ayn Rand would have had a field day with this.

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