Socialist Saucer Party

Brilliant stuff at Louis Proyect’s blog comparing experiences in various Marxist groups (the Socialist Workers Party, the Young Socialist Alliance, the New Zealand Communist League) to life in a doomsday cult:

“Like Harold Camping or Dorothy Martin, party leader Jack Barnes never skipped a beat when one of his millenarian predictions did not pan out. In 1979, the epoch of disco dancing and cocaine, he told his followers that proletarian revolution was imminent. When it turned out that the 80s were a time of political retreat for the working class and the left, he simply wrote off his predictions as being based on “slight miscalculations” and plunged ahead with new end-of-capitalism scenarios.”

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