Fall 1947 • Vol. IX No. 4 FictionOctober 1, 1947 |

The Party

1. The Internal Question The party is said to be in its thirtieth year—but this is only a manner of speaking, a manner of reckoning, rather, which few people take seriously. They would have you believe not only that ours is the true party—which I myself am convinced it is—but that it has existed from the beginning, that our leaders participated in the Founding Congress of the First World Organization and that, as a distinct group, we won the recognition of the president of the Congress—the president himself. (There is said to be a letter from him to Comrade Bain, our national chairman.) But the fact is that the party has existed separately for only seven years; it split off from the parent body, which in turn was born by separation from an earlier party, and so on. It is idleness to trace our lineage back to the Great Days and the Noble Ancestors; for that matter, it is a waste of time (at least, as I see it) even to be concerned with our future. All I know is that we are

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