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TWO ITEMS FROM CROTON'S OWN RECANTED SOCIALIST RADICAL: MAX EASTMAN
--Reflections on the Failure of Socialism
People who read these reflections may wonder how I arrived at the understanding that socialism
has failed. I am describing the whole experience in another book, but
here a brief glance at the intellectual road I traveled may be helpful.
It has not been so winding a road as some may think.
I stated the aim of my political activities in two articles in the
Masses in 1916: not to reform men, or even primarily reform the world,
but to “make all men as free to live and realize the world as it is
possible for them to be.” In this the years have brought no change.
In those same articles I dismissed Marx’s philosophic system, his
idea that socialism is historically necessary, as “a rationalization of
his wish,” and declared: “We must alter and remodel what he wrote, and
make of it and of what else our recent science offers, a doctrine that
shall clearly have the nature of hypothesis.”
READ MORE HERE.
--AND FROM LIBERTY MAGAZINE 1938:
"FOR LIBERALS---STARTLINGLY A FAMOUS ONE TIME RADICAL DENOUNCES RUSSIA
AND ITS THREAT TO AMERICAN FREEDOM - STALINISM BECOMES FASCISM-" BY
CROTON'S MAX EASTMAN.
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YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY THESE ADDITIONAL POSTS:
--From the late Robert Scott, a fascinating article on Max Eastman, who lived in the house at 76 Mt. Airy Road. Read more here.
--And from 1921, another Croton recanted radical, Floyd Dell; read more here
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