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Sherman Stanley

Renegacy at Its Worst

(January 1941)

Our Readers Take the Floor ..., Labor Action, Vol. 5 No. 1, 6 January 1941, p. 4.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Dear comrade Editor:

The other night I happened to hear over Station WEVD an interview between Dr. William Bohn and that erstwhile revolutionist, Max Eastman.

We are all familiar with examples of cynical renegacy, but Eastman touched new depths – sufficient to arouse even the oldest of participants in the revolutionary movement.

During the course of his interview Eastman endorsed Roosevelt and Winston Churchill; approved of the Dies Committee; recommended the ousting of all “Communist” teachers from the school system; declared for full support to Britain – including a war declaration if necessary; approved of the necessity for a military dictatorship in America during war time; etc. Talk about going over “whole-hog” to the extreme patriotic camp! Eastman has done this and is eating the hog whole, in addition!


Sherman Stanley

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