From Fourth International, vol.4 No.5, May 1943, p.130.
Transcribed, marked up & formatted by Ted Crawford & David Walters in 2008 for ETOL.
The following is a report from a branch of the Socialist Workers Party
In answer to the request of the editors of the Fourth International for a thorough discussion of the magazine in the branches, the Central Branch of Local New York prepared a questionnaire dealing with most of the problems that the editors were particularly interested in, and several others beside. On the basis of the answers to these detailed questionnaires an interesting and lively discussion took place in the branch.
Here briefly are some of the statistics gleaned from this survey.
The following are some of the questions asked with the answers listed numerically:
What type of article interests you most? (In answering most checked three or more of the subjects listed)
- 44 listed International
- 34 listed “From the Arsenal of Marxism”
- 27 listed National
- 27 listed Discussion articles
- 27 listed Trade Union articles
- 27 listed Editorials
- 15 listed Book Reviews
Which type of articles or subject’s do you think should receive more stress? Which less stress?
- Less stress on Intellectuals – 1; Philosophy – 1; Historical articles – 1.
- More stress on: Archives – 8; Economics – 3; Discussion articles – 3; Dialectical materialism – 6; International – 5; Current events – 3; Trade Union – 6; National – 6; Women Question – 4; Jewish Question – 2; Agriculture, Negro, Labor Party – l each.
Has the FI helped you in your contact work?
- 28 said “yes”
- 12 said “no”
Space does not permit us to quote as many of the interesting and helpful suggestions made by the comrade as we should like, but here are some:
On DISTRIBUTION: Some of the suggestions were:
BOSTON: A report by J. Kitting on a discussion in that Branch says:
The India articles were found especially good for some of our contacts. The comrades were enthusiastic over the magazine for their own reading. The Month in Review was particularly praised, some feeling it should be enlarged. I can say that the magazine, which was once read as a duty by many comrades, if read at all, is now a pleasure that every comrade looks forward to.”
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