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The New International, May 1938


The Editors



From New International, Vol.4 No.4, May 1938, p.130.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


WE ARE continually reminded by our printer that his type is not made of rubber and consequently will not stretch. This is one way of explaining the difficulty we encounter with every issue of our review when the problem arises of including all the significant subjects of the day that should be covered and the articles that have been written on them and submitted for publication.

As may have been noticed by our readers, we use no cartoons or photographs and the space alloted to advertisements is held down to an absolute minimum. Virtually every page is filled with solid reading matter (some readers say, too solid; but we are so anxious to utilize every bit of available space for our articles). Our 32 pages therefore contain more reading material in an average issue than is contained in the usual magazine of twice the number of pages. As a rule, an issue of The New International contains as much as 40,000 words of reading matter, the equivalent of half the average novel.

In spite of this, however, we are obliged each month to hold over important articles and if they do not always appear in the issue where they would be most timely, we beg our readers to bear with us.

Among the articles that will appear in the June issue of the review is one that deals with the Kenosha convention of the Socialist Party and the future prospects of the Thomas movement in the United States. Although the convention passed by almost like a ship in the night, without arousing any particular comment in the labor movement, it nevertheless has a distinct significance as a stage in the evolution of the American section of the Second International.

Another article that is being planned for publication is a reply to the essay by Max Eastman in a recent issue of Harper’s Magazine on Russia and the socialist ideal. The essay has caused some stir in the radical movement especially because of Eastman’s long association with it and because of his friendship for the Trotskyist movement when it was first launched in the Soviet Union. His virtual break with all the basic conceptions of the revolutionary socialist movement in the Harper’s article will be subjected to analysis in our pages by one of the editors.

Another article of topical interest is Five Years of the New Deal, a balance-sheet of the Roosevelt Administration drawn up by Maurice Spector. Too often the New Deal is discussed only in its isolated aspects, with a distorted picture resulting. The Spector article will endeavor to present the picture as a whole, as it appears from its inception to its present hapless state.

And, besides these, others and more of them.

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