A superlative number of ISR with I.W.W.veteran Harrison George I.W.W. timber worker organizing, Anton Pannekoek on the nascent Third International, R.R. Hornbeck with what has been called ISR’s ‘Socialist National Geographic’ with a look at the political economy and culture of Java, The Manifest of the Louis Fraina’s proto-Bolshevik Socialist Propaganda League, A look at political repression against the Australian labor movement by ‘D.A.’, the indefatigable Mary E. Marcy introduces surplus value in Marxist economy, and a fantastically interesting article by ‘A Wobbly’ on I.W.W. organizing among circus workers.
International Socialist Review. Vol. 17. No 8. February, 1917.
Contents: Hitting the Trail in the Lumber Camps by Harrison George, Compulsory Arbitration in Australasia by Scott Bennett, The Third International by Anton Pannekoek, Letter From an American Comrade Abroad, What Can the Kaiser Win by This War?, The Isle of Java by R.R. Hornbeck, The High Cost of Labor Power by Jack Morton, The Iron Heel in Australia by D.A., Looking ‘Em Over by Militant, Everett November Fifth by Charles Ashleigh, The Future of Socialism in America by Frank Bohn, Manifesto by Socialist Propaganda League, Under the Big Tops by A Wobbly, Marxian Economics by Mary E. Marcy, Sleepyhead by Anton Tcheckoff, The Socialist Vote, The Most Interesting Library in America, DEPARTMENTS: International Notes, News and Views, Publishers’ Department.
The International Socialist Review (ISR) was published monthly in Chicago from 1900 until 1918 by Charles H. Kerr and critically loyal to the Socialist Party of America. It is one of the essential publications in U.S. left history. During the editorship of A.M. Simons it was largely theoretical and moderate. In 1908, Charles H. Kerr took over as editor with strong influence from Mary E Marcy. The magazine became the foremost proponent of the SP’s left wing growing to tens of thousands of subscribers. It remained revolutionary in outlook and anti-militarist during World War One. It liberally used photographs and images, with news, theory, arts and organizing in its pages. It articles, reports and essays are an invaluable record of the U.S. class struggle and the development of Marxism in the decades before the Soviet experience. It was closed down in government repression in 1918.