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Fourth International, October 1946


Manager’s Column


From Fourth International, October 1946, Vol.7 No.10, p.290.
Transcribed, edited & formatted by Ted Crawford & David Walters in 2008 for ETOL.


Fourth International agents in two areas have requested increased bundle orders.

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We received 25 cents from O.D., Kankakee, Ill., for a copy of the September issue. He states, “I intend to subscribe later.”

Belle Montague of Cambridge ordered 50 copies of the June FI, commenting as follows:

“I will send you the money as I can, but it may not be very prompt as my friends are poor. We will all do our best and you will get the money in a few weeks anyway.

“You might save even more copies for us, if you are willing, and we will send for them, after we have paid you for the first 50. I think I could sell more than 100 copies in the end.

“I’m so glad there is some way to place this article (on Conference of the Fourth International) in the hands of the people I know, but I am still hoping you will reproduce it word for word in pamphlet form as it will never be outdated while the Wall Street cannibals rule the USA and I feel it should be in the home of every worker and poor farmer in this nation.”

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Numerous letters from friends in other countries also attest to the growing interest in Fourth International.

Den Haag, Holland:

“I often receive two copies of Fourth International. I hope that I am not too indiscreet when I ask you to send me two copies always. I have a friend here who likes reading the magazine very much and it is difficult for us with our faulty English and little time together to read the magazine in a month.”

Zutphen, Holland:

“I am a reader of your very interesting monthly. And I must tell you that it gives me a good survey of the labor movement in America and especially a view of the Trotskyists in America. It is sure the best of all Trotskyist magazines which appear in the English language. I will tell you that not only we in Holland but also those in the other sections of Europe need such a magazine.

“About a month ago there was a strike m Holland of sailors and dockers. The strike was lost because of the treason of the Stalinists and reformists. When we look at America and see the struggle of the steelworkers, the GM strikers, the rail and mine workers, then we say to ourselves that your struggles have a mass character – they will not be so quickly destroyed by the Stalinists.

“But we will promise that we shall fight against all those influences who try to degenerate the revolutionary nature of the struggle in Europe.”

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“As I have not received Fourth International, nor The Militant, for July and August I presume my subscription must have run out. I am enclosing a renewal. I would appreciate it very much if you could date my renewal back to July and send me the July and August numbers. I don’t want to miss any of such necessary information as these publications contain.”

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“I thank you for sending me regularly your publication. I am following your movement in the United States with a great deal of interest. I applaud all your efforts and I hope that we will be able to lead together – you in the new world and I in the old continent – a successful struggle in the cause of peace which is so dear to us.”

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Glasgow, Scotland:

“Early this week I received from you the parcel of eight magazines ordered. May I thank you for your cooperation, You can only imagine the profound pleasure this brings. Here there is a deep respect touching awe for the wisdom and advice which one finds in those truth-loving pages. They are a tremendous weapon in the struggle for the liberation of man and society, the finest weapon in the service of the socialist movement. With many others I join in wishing the Fourth International success.”

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We again call to the attention of all agents that FI circulation can be substantially increased if special attention is paid to placing the magazine on new newsstands, in bookshops, and university libraries.

The present average circulation of the magazine has increased 50 per cent over two years ago. We are confident that a further circulation boost can be achieved if our agents pay closer attention to the circulation problem and make all FI readers circulation conscious.

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Back issues of Fourth International for 1940 and 1941 are needed to complete our files for binding. If you have any issues in your file for either 1940 or 1941, which you are willing to give up, will you communicate with the Business Manager, 116 University Place, New York 3, N.Y.

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