Hard to pick the outstanding articles in this number of New Review, the last before the War. Louis Fraina takes a detailed look at Daniel De Leon on his passing, Du Bois reviews Mecklin’s ‘Democracy and Race Friction’, Max Eastman writes of the labor war in Colorado, Benjamin Glassberg looks at labor in the Roman world, and Floyd Dell throws some dynamite.
New Review. Vol 2. No. 7. July, 1914.
Contents: Class Lines in Colorado by Max Eastman, New Phase of the Contempt Cult by Fredrick Haller, Daniel De Leon by Louis C. Fraina, Why a Socialist Party? by William English Walling, The Drama of Dynamite by Floyd Dell, Another Study in Black by W.E.B. Dubois, Labor in the Roman World, A Socialist Digest: The Upshot in Colorado – Do Socialists Hold Rockefeller Responsible? – War on the Catholic Church – Jack London in Mexico – An A.F. of L. Victory – Debs Revolutionary Unionist – American Socialists and the Land Question – Socialism Outlawed in the British Labor Party – Is Labor Permanently Split in New Zealand? – The March Towards Political Democracy – The Ethics of Sabotage, Correspondence: Why “Revolutionary”? by Charles Wood, The Abolition of Poverty by S.S.
The New Review: A Critical Survey of International Socialism was a New York-based, explicitly Marxist, sometimes weekly/sometimes monthly theoretical journal begun in 1913 and was an important vehicle for left discussion in the period before World War One. Bases in New York it declared in its aim the first issue: “The intellectual achievements of Marx and his successors have become the guiding star of the awakened, self-conscious proletariat on the toilsome road that leads to its emancipation. And it will be one of the principal tasks of The NEW REVIEW to make known these achievements,to the Socialists of America, so that we may attain to that fundamental unity of thought without which unity of action is impossible.” In the world of the East Coast Socialist Party, it included Max Eastman, Floyd Dell, Herman Simpson, Louis Boudin, William English Walling, Moses Oppenheimer, Robert Rives La Monte, Walter Lippmann, William Bohn, Frank Bohn, John Spargo, Austin Lewis, WEB DuBois, Arturo Giovannitti, Harry W. Laidler, Austin Lewis, and Isaac Hourwich as editors. Louis Fraina played an increasing role from 1914 and lead the journal in a leftward direction as New Review addressed many of the leading international questions facing Marxists. International writers in New Review included Rosa Luxemburg, James Connolly, Karl Kautsky, Anton Pannekoek, Lajpat Rai, Alexandra Kollontai, Tom Quelch, S.J. Rutgers, Edward Bernstein, and H.M. Hyndman, The journal folded in June, 1916 for financial reasons. Its issues are a formidable and invaluable archive of Marxist and Socialist discussion of the time.
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