Stefan Engel Invites Men Worker’s Spatula Staff to his Bavarian Dacha

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BERLIN-PANKOW – What follows is the full text of an invitation received by Worker’s Spatula’s editor-in-chief, [REDACTED 1], from Stefan Engel, chair of the MLPD, chief coordinator of ICOR, greatest friend to the Kurdish national democratic revolution in all of Europe, and winner of the coveted “Largest Sausage” award from the Deutscher Fleischer-Verband:

Dear [REDACTED 1],

In recognition of your great services to ICOR and to the revolution, I, Stefan Engel, wish to personally extend an invitation to my dacha in Bavaria for a fun-filled weekend of drinking, barbecue, discussion of dialectics and the international situation, and swimming (no need to bring a cossie, we are Germans after all).

I hope this won’t be misunderstood, but could we just have the men comrades come down? It’s nothing against the women comrades, but I’m so busy with the women’s wing of the MLPD lately that I want a little “boys’ time”, if you know what I mean. We can have all Worker’s Spatula staff regardless of gender over to my Alpine ski resort in the winter, and we’ll call it even.

You can pick the weekend, I am free most of the summer, and I miss you lads so much since our romp in Tunisia in the winter.

Comradely,
Stefan Engel

Response from men Worker’s Spatula staff has been mostly positive, and a date is expected to be set soon. Additionally, [REDACTED 2], head of the photoshop division, has informed us that she is “so fucking jealous of you guys”.

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2 thoughts on “Stefan Engel Invites Men Worker’s Spatula Staff to his Bavarian Dacha

  1. On second thought, some words from Trotskyist James Cannon would do nicely with the above image:

    “Then, as is always the case with new political movements, we began to recruit from sources none too healthy. If you are ever reduced again to a small handful, as well the Marxists may be in the mutations of the class struggle; if things go badly once more and you have to begin over again, then I can tell you in advance some of the headaches you are going to have. Every new movement attracts certain elements which might properly be called the lunatic fringe. Freaks always looking for the most extreme expression of radicalism, misfits, windbags, chronic oppositionists who had been thrown out of half a dozen organizations—such people began to come to us in our isolation, shouting, “Hello, Comrades.” I was always against admitting such people, but the tide was too strong. I waged a bitter fight in the New York branch of the Communist League against admitting a man to membership on the sole ground of his appearance and dress.

    “They asked, ‘What have you against him?’

    I said, ‘He wears a corduroy suit up and down Greenwich Village, with a trick mustache and long hair. There is something wrong with this guy.’

    “I wasn’t making a joke, either. I said, people of this type are not going to be suitable for approaching the ordinary American worker. They are going to mark our organization as something freakish, abnormal, exotic; something that has nothing to do with the normal life of the American worker. I was dead right in general, and in this mentioned case in particular. Our corduroy-suit lad, after making all kinds of trouble in the organization, eventually became an Oehlerite.

    “Many people came to us who had revolted against the Communist Party not for its bad sides but for its good sides; that is, the discipline of the party, the subordination of the individual to the decisions of the party in current work. A lot of dilettantish petty-bourgeois minded people who couldn’t stand any kind of discipline, who had either left the CP or been expelled from it, wanted, or rather thought they wanted to become Trotskyists. Some of them joined the New York branch and brought with them that same prejudice against discipline in our organization. Many of the newcomers made a fetish of democracy. They were repelled so much by the bureaucratism of the Communist Party that they desired an organization without any authority or discipline or centralization whatever.

    “All the people of this type have one common characteristic: they like to discuss things without limit or end. The New York branch of the Trotskyist movement in those days was just one continuous stew of discussion. I have never seen one of these elements who isn’t articulate. I have looked for one but I have never found him. They can all talk; and not only can, but will; and everlastingly, on every question. They were iconoclasts who would accept nothing as authoritative, nothing as decided in the history of the movement. Everything and everybody had to be proved over again from scratch.”

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