From International Socialist Review, Vol.18 No.2, Spring 1957, p.38.
Transcription & mark-up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
Only a few days after mailing the last issue of International Socialist Review we received the following letter from Needles, California:
I received the Winter issue of the ISR yesterday. I would have written then but I was so absorbed in reading the magazine that I decided to wait The issue was superb ... I always judge the ISR by the following points: 1) The quality and number of mistakes, and 2) The clarity of the writing, i.e., whether it is easily understandable. This issue came through on both points with flying colors.
A critical opinion, which is just as welcome, comes from Detroit:
Not being a member of the SWP or any other leftist group, I have no right to criticize the policy of any organization. No one has ever proved that the best way to combat capitalism is to condemn the Soviet Union. Any organization has the right to isolate itself from a third of the world if it so desires. Likewise the American workers have the right to utilize their energy in the struggle against capitalist exploitation and also against the growing threat of a clerical dictatorship. Thanks for the copy of International Socialist Review.
An Auto Worker
With the publication of the Winter issue we wrote to the growng list of subscribers to the Militant, the weekly revolutionary socialist newspaper. We invited Militant readers to subscribe to ISR and sent them a sample copy. In the first few weeks following this mailing we received 18 new subscriptions from all parts of the country. Some of the new subscribers ask for back numbers of the magazine in order to get the first installments of serialized articles by Trotsky and the letters of James P. Cannon on the history of the American Communist movement.
We are happy to report a modest but continuous increase in both subscription and bundle circulation. This is true not only for domestic but also foreign circulation. We have a new distributor in Scotland and our London agent has ordered an additional 75 copies for regular distribution. Requests for books by Leon Trotsky and subscriptions to ISR have come from Ceylon and India during the last month.
Two letters that couldn’t be published in our last issue follow:
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I am studying Socialism and find it quite congenial to my way of thinking. I want you to know I got a lot of knowledge and enjoyment out of reading the International Socialist Review. Long live socialism and the Socialist Workers Party.
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Your book review of Militarism and Civil Liberties by David Miller was very exciting, interesting and inviting. It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever bought a book after reading a book review. When I was in the army, the army tried to ban the pocket book, From Here to Eternity. They were so busy banning it that, in their typical stupidity, they didn’t notice it was playing in the Post movie and gave it a million dollars worth of publicity by trying to ban it!
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