E. Belfort Bax

The Decencies of Controversy

(24 August 1901)

The Decencies of Controversy, Justice, 24th August 1901, p.4 (letter).
Transcribed by Ted Crawford.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.


I must “protest” against your statement that in the letter of mine referred to in this week’s Justice I wrote “protesting” against comrade Hyndman’s letter of the previous week. Everyone has the right to conduct a discussion as he thinks fit. All I did was to point out (in the first part of the letter which you suppressed) that, in view of the fact that Hyndman seemed to be in the position of the counsel who, having “no case,” was driven to “abuse the plaintiff’s attorney,” and as I did not think a controversial policy of “bluff” would impress the readers of Justice, I, for my part, agreed with Rothstein as to the inutility of continuing the discussion further under these conditions. – Yours fraternally,


E. Belfort Bax


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