[Marxism] Fwd: The New Republic Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder's Note to Readers | The New Republic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 24 17:02:33 MST 2014

In 1974, Martin Peretz, a 35-year-old social studies lecturer at Harvard 
College, bought The New Republic. He pledged to leave things as they 
were and to keep then-editor Gilbert Harrison “for a minimum of three 
years,” as Harrison told the Times. Sooner than that, however, Peretz 
installed himself as editor, resignations followed, and much of the 
staff was replaced by his former students. They would go on to dominate 
the masthead for the rest of the century.

A decade into Peretz’s tenure, Michael Straight, the owner-editor after 
World War II and son of the magazine’s first financial backer, wrote a 
letter to The New York Review of Books announcing “the spirit which 
Croly created and which Gilbert Harrison maintained in recent years was 
shattered.” Peretz, who stood accused of endorsing Israel’s 1985 bombing 
of Beirut, rightly ridiculed this appeal to constancy. “What spirit of 
The New Republic exactly would they be violating?” he replied to the 
letters page. “The magazine has had a long and complicated history.” 
Last year Peretz was the one complaining, writing in a Wall Street 
Journal op-ed that the current owner, Chris Hughes, is “not from the 
world of Herbert Croly.” A survey of the many deaths and rebirths of The 
New Republic shows, if anything, that its most important survival skill 
has been to attract new champions from beyond its inner sanctum.


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