From Fourth International, vol.5 No.2, February 1944, p.34.
Transcribed, marked up & formatted by Ted Crawford & David Walters in 2008 for ETOL.
The letters received during the month from our readers at home and abroad indicate the Fourth International is being read and appreciated by an ever-widening circle of workers. We quote from some of the letters:
“I would like to enter my subscription for Fourth International.
“I never knew that such an organization or publication existed until late in November 1943, when I was talking to a fellow worker about world affairs and I was handed the September 1943 issue of Fourth International.
“The next issue I got was the December 1943 issue, so I would desire if possible, for my subscription to start with the current January issue.
“I agree with your stand against hypocrisy and double dealing which is characteristic of the world leaders of today and that includes all of them – religious, political and commercial.
“Enclosed find check for one year subscription.”
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“Enclosed find 25c. Please send me a copy of the January issue of Fourth International. Also tell me when I can get the February issue. And send a list of all Trotskyist literature available.”
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“Would you please send me regularly a copy of Fourth International and The Militant. I should also like to have a copy of J.P. Cannon’s Struggle for a Proletarian Party.
“I have recently been drawn towards the Trotskyist movement here in Britain, mainly through the persuasiveness of another worker, who perhaps is not unknown on your side of the Atlantic, also of course through the correct ideas and policy put forward by Fourth International.
“Incidentally, I should like to point out that the correctness of the programme of the FI is becoming more apparent to the workers here in Britain as the European events unfold. The reactionary policy and vicious strike-breaking tactics of the Stalinists here is leaving an indelible imprint on the mind of the British working class, especially the miners who, perhaps more than any other section of the workers, know just who the present British leaders are and what their past ‘democratic’ records are.
“I was disgusted when reading of Kelly Postal’s appeal being turned down by the State Supreme Court. Another instance of the methods adopted by the ‘democratic’ allies to subjugate the militant strata of workers.”
“Enclosed is a letter from an internment camp in Ireland. Will you place his name on your mailing list? Also send him a copy of all the Old Man’s material as well as another copy of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Spain.’ There are many ex-International Brigaders in this camp who would read this latter work with eagerness.
“Also, please see that the Egyptian comrade, whose address we have previously sent, is supplied with Fourth International and The Militant, as well as Pioneer books. As a group is now in existence there, this is of vital importance.”
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The following letters, concerning the article Myth of Racial Superiority by Grace Carlson which appeared in January, 1944 issue of Fourth International, were delivered to us just after the prison gates closed on the author of this article:
West Haven, Conn:
“My dear Miss Carlson, I am writing this letter to you concerning your very excellent article, The Myth of Racial Superiority, in the January number of Fourth International. It is a very coherent and thoughtful discussion of the problem ...
“I hope you don’t mind my taking the liberty of writing you this way. I thought perhaps correspondence would be welcome. You have my support in this Minneapolis affair and I’m on your side.”
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“Dear Miss Carlson, I have read your articles which have been appearing from time to time in The Militant and have just read the one in Fourth International. All of the articles including this one are exceptionally good and I have enjoyed all of them. Keep up the good work. You are doing a splendid job, one that I am sure will bear fruit in the future.”
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“We are wondering if you have some of the last issue of Fourth International left. This is the one with Grace Carlson’s article on racism, and quite a few people in St. Paul would like to have it, aside from those who receive the magazine regularly.
“We would like about 12 additional copies. If you can’t get this many to us, please send what you can.”
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Our Plentywood, Montana, agent pledges himself to carry on the work momentarily interrupted when our 18 comrades were railroaded to prison:
“Received the FI today so will send $1. I have not had a chance to look it over, but the reports on it are very good. So the good work goes on even if some of the leading comrades are not there. We till have to do our best and carry the fight to the last.”
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