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Challenge Lovestone Group to Debate

(September 1935)

From New Militant, Vol. I No. 39, 21 September 1935, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

The Lovestone group, which continues to talk about the “reform” of the Comintern after its social-patriotic betrayal, has been challenged to debate in the following letter. The New Militant will print the reply to this challenge as soon as it is received.

September 18, 1934

Communist Party (Opposition)
51 West 14th Street
New York City


In view of the Seventh Congress of the Comintern and the decisions of your recent national conference, the Workers Party proposes that representatives of our respective organizations debate the question: the Fourth International or the reform of the Comintern?

You no doubt recall that the debate on the same subject a year and a half ago between Jay Lovestone and James P. Cannon aroused great interest. Comrade Cannon has signified his readiness to defend the Fourth International in a second debate in the light of the new developments.

We urge that you consider the matter and reply at an early date. A joint committee can make all the necessary detail arrangements.


Joseph Carter
Educational Dir.

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