Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

February 8, 2014

Jack and Mary-Alice get a raise

Filed under: cults,Trotskyism — louisproyect @ 12:14 am

From the 2012 tax returns of the Anchor Foundation:

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The Militant (logo)

Vol. 77/No. 33      September 23, 2013
Workers send ‘on-time’ blood money
bonuses to SWP fund

“Blood money” contributions to the Socialist Workers Party Capital Fund have totaled $620 over the summer. The ongoing fund helps finance the long-range work of the revolutionary party.

“Blood money” is a term communist workers use to describe one-time payments from bosses — safety, attendance and production bonuses, contract-signing incentives, holiday gifts and other such bribes — intended to pressure workers to accept speedup, wage cuts, concession contracts and dangerous working conditions. Class-conscious workers turn them into contributions to the Capital Fund.

“Enclosed are two ‘blood money’ checks,” wrote John Benson and Janice Lynn, who work at a food preparation facility near Atlanta. Their quarterly bonus checks for $465 are based on the bosses’ tally of “productivity, appearance, on-time delivery, etc.” Their goal with the bonuses “is to try to get workers to work faster,” wrote Benson and Lynn. “The result? More workers with aching backs, wrists, knees, etc.”

United Airlines worker Eric Simpson from San Francisco sent in $90, from three bonuses the company gave him, “‘rewards’ to the workforce for ‘on-time’ takeoffs,” he wrote. “But ‘customer satisfaction’ with the airline is reported to be at 30 percent! Members of our union, the Machinists, weren’t too ‘satisfied’ with the latest contract the company proposed and we turned it down overwhelmingly. Send the companies’ ‘blood money’ bonuses to the working-class movement and get 100 percent ‘worker satisfaction!’”

To make a contribution to the Capital Fund, write to or call the Militant distributor nearest you. The directory is on page 10.

— SUSAN LAMONT

9 Comments »

  1. The bankruptcy by military spending of the progressive significance of the Bolshevik Revolution, you know, the first society that tried to implement atheist education, tried to give deference to women and ethnicities with over 100 languages, tried to create full employment, free health care & free education through college, tried to subsidize food & housing for workers — turned out to be mighty lucrative for a few so-called communists once it overturned & abolished all those things it once tried to do.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — February 8, 2014 @ 1:47 am

  2. Back in the ’70s, John Benson, a graduate of Carlton College like Jack and Mary-Alice, was the SWP’s representative to the Fourth International in Europe. Now, in his ’70s, he’s toiling away in a subsistence job in Atlanta, sending “blood money” to keep his classmates iving in the style to which they’ve become accustomed.

    Comment by John B. — February 8, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  3. They seem determine to keep under six figures. $ 99,999 next year ?

    Some of us are more equal than others.

    Comment by purple — February 9, 2014 @ 1:45 am

  4. so David Prince works for free?

    Comment by Tom Cod — February 11, 2014 @ 5:02 am

  5. not to be confused with the “other” Susan Lamont who is a leader of the Bohemian Grove protests. For awhile there, I thought… well, hope springs eternal.
    http://www.peaceandjusticesonomaco.org/tags/bohemian-grove

    Comment by Tom Cod — February 11, 2014 @ 5:09 am

  6. FYI. The whole 990 for Anchor Foundation in 2012 is here:

    Click to access 132706215_201212_990PF.pdf

    The whole 990 for Anchor Foundation in 2001 is here:

    Click to access 13-2706215_990PF_200112.pdf

    You can find two others by typiing in Anchor Foundation & New York at http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/

    I’m just curious about what is going on here. Perhaps someone has insight that can flesh out the pattern.

    Comment by V Eagan — February 12, 2014 @ 1:55 am

  7. Better still Form 990s for the Anchor Foundation 2002-2012 at the Economic Research Institute: http://www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=NPO.Summary&EIN=132706215&BMF=1&Cobrandid=0&Syndicate=No

    Comment by V Eagan — February 12, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

  8. I heard that Carlton college was a conservative school. I wonder how the newer SWP leadership ended up coming from there?

    Comment by H. Smith — February 14, 2014 @ 2:32 am

  9. Actually, there’s another college in Northfield, MN which is St. Olaf’s. Northfield is also notable as the place where the Jesse James Gang’s career came to an end.

    Comment by Tom Cod — February 8, 2015 @ 5:07 pm


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