[Marxism] Fwd: The Descent of the Left Press: From IF Stone to The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 4 10:22:34 MDT 2016

Just about fifty years ago when I was becoming politicized around the 
war in Vietnam, I began searching desperately for information and 
analysis that could explain why this senseless war was taking place. 
After taking out a subscription to I.F. Stone’s Weekly that an old 
friend had recommended, the scales began to fall from my eyes. Isidor 
Feinstein Stone, who died at the age of 81 in 1989, began publishing his 
newsweekly in 1953 during the depths of the cold war and witch-hunt. 
Actually, the cold war had recently become hot in Korea and Stone had 
the courage to write antiwar articles that conceivably could have landed 
him in prison.

A year later, I let my subscription to Stone’s weekly lapse since I had 
joined the Trotskyist movement, whose newspaper The Militant brooked no 
competition. When you joined a group like the Socialist Workers Party, 
you felt like you were a chorus member in “West Side Story”:

When you’re a Jet,
You’re a Jet all the way
 From your first cigarette
To your last dyin’ day.

You’re never alone,
You’re never disconnected!
You’re home with your own:
When company’s expected,
You’re well protected!


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