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Psychiatric Newsletter. 26 (of 31) issues, 1948-50
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Psychiatric Newsletter. 26 (of 31) issues, 1948-50

By [SIMON, John Leopold, ed]

New York: Psychiatric Newsletter, 1948-50. First Edition. Pamphlet. Published without editorial or authorial credits, but our colleagues at Bolerium Books (San Francisco) have produced convincing evidence that Psychiatric Newsletter was the work of Dr. John L. Simon, a Lincoln Battalion veteran of the Spanish Civil War and NYU-trained clinical psychiatrist. This assertion is confirmed in a lengthy obituary of Simon on the website of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (see Cary Nelson, "John Leopold Simon," http://www.alba-valb.org/volunteers/john-leopold-simon). In addition to detailing Simon's meritorious service in the Spanish Civil War, the obituary's author supplies considerable detail about Simon's later career, which included legal defense for former Lincoln Brigade volunteers and pioneering medico-legal work in Puerto Rico in the late Fifties and early Seventies. Simon's editorial intent is made clear in the Newsletter's inaugural issue: "...Many psychiatrists, as is well known, defend and support the working class as best they know how. To do this effectively, however, we psychiatrists must examine the theoretical premises on which our practical methods of treatment are based. In this Newsletter we hope...to make a useful contribution toward the orientation and especially, the re-orientation of psychiatric practice in the light of the principles of historical dialectical materialism, that is to say, the ideology of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and their comrades..." As might be expected, Simon's views frequently put him at odds with his contemporary mainstream colleagues in the psychiatric profession, most notably Harry Stack Sullivan, to whom Simon repeatedly refers as a "phony" and a "reactionary." As no authorial credit is given for articles, we assume that Simon supplied most of the content. Institutionally scarce, with only two catalogued holdings in OCLC (of which only one -- NYU's --- is complete; UC Davis holds a very partial run); a few more scattered examples appear in archival finding aids, including the Herb Romerstein archive at the Hoover Institution (Romerstein was an FBI anti-communist investigator who likely had Simon under surveillance, a possibility alluded to in Nelson's previously-cited obituary). Simon's papers are at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Twenty-six monthly issues, comprising: Vol. 1, no. 1 (April 1, 1948) through Vol. 3, no. 2 (May, 1950), with the following issues absent from the run: I:5; 1:7; II:5; II:13; III:3. Mimeographed, corner-stapled sheets; each issue ca. 6pp, printed both sides of sheet. Some mild edgewear and fading, but generally a well-preserved, fully intact set, Very Good or better.

$650.00

Discussion and Documentation in support of the Motion for the removal of the National Secretary [Arnold Petersen] of the Socialist Labor Party [Together With Eleven Pieces of Evidence]
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Discussion and Documentation in support of the Motion for the removal of the National Secretary [Arnold Petersen] of the Socialist Labor Party [Together With Eleven Pieces of Evidence]

By [SOCIALISTS] [SOCIALIST LABOR PARTY] [PETERSEN, Arnold] MIJANOVICH, Nada et al.

Chicago, 1947. 1. "Discussion and Documentation in support of the Motion for the Removal of the National Secretary of the Socialist Labor Party." 16 typescript leaves. In which the author makes the following charges against Petersen: "Incompetence as an administrator"; "Incompetence as a Marxist"; and "Slander of the membership." Many, though not all, of the subsequent documents are touched upon, the complaints ranging from toleration of absenteeism, complacency regarding the decline in party membership, poor management of the party printing plant, and the somewhat petty practice of referring to the late Florence Wills as "Ms. Wills" rather than "Comrade Wills." 2. Typed letter signed in print by Mijanovich, dated March 23, 1947, addressed "To members of Section Cook Co." Regarding the charges made against Mijanovich by Petersen, including "Slandering and vilifying the National Secretary of the Party"; "Introducing disruption in Section Cook County by poisoning the minds of members of the Section"; "Conspiring with members of other sections"; and "Fraternizing with an expelled disrupter." Below these charges are Mijanovich's own against Petersen, formally presented at the business meeting of Section on February 18th of that year. 3. "Statement by Nada Mijanovich Submitted to Grievance Committee of Section Cook Co. / Friday, March 14th, 1947." 8 typescript leaves. Follow-up document to the above-mentioned letter in which Mijanovich responds to Petersen's charges made against her, including that of "Fraternizing with an expelled disrupter" to which Mijanovich points out that "This charge I think proves the complete bankruptcy of the National Secretary. The day I started to work in the National Office I told the National Secretary that [expelled SLP member] M. Chuck was my cousin and that he had secured a room for me in New York. All the time that I was in New York the National Secretary was aware of my association with M. Chuck and never once did he say anything to me regarding same." Other aired grievances include Petersen's three-hour lunches, tardyism, and discourtesy to his staff, as well as the publication of such "display pieces" as his "Theocracy or Democracy," which Mijanovich describes as "Pure ostentatious waste. It's criminally useless as a propaganda work for Socialism..." 4. "Excerpts from Letters from Comrade F[lorence] Wills." 3 & [1] typescript leaves, the last the reproduction of a typescript letter from Petersen announcing the unexpected death of Wills. Florence Wills worked for 16 years at the offices of the SLP's weekly journal the "Weekly People." The excerpts came from private correspondence by Wills addressed to Mijanovich, in which first-hand distrust and splintering from the Petersen ("Papa Pete") leadership are most apparent: "Wouldn't it be glorious if, despite everything, and if not before, he got a thorough shellacking at the next convention? Pete I mean. I'll bet he doesn't get the vote he got in 1944. I know he won't for I know quite a few, don't you, who will administer a resounding 'No.' If only there were another candidate" ... "If he should ever start to crack there's a lot of people here who wouldn't be bothered. The hero worship is not apparent here and I heard some lucious comments on what some of those good, working class members think of his highfalutin language which pleased me." 5. "Document A." 1-p. typed letter signed by the "Weekly People," though attributed by Wills and Mijanovich to Arnold Petersen, addressed to John Gould, "High school student, age 16," dated July 9, 1946. Rather substantial letter in response to Gould's request to cancel his "Weekly People" subscription. Despite the simple request, Petersen's letter in response is approxiately 350 acerbic words, threatening Gould with a spanking but finally agreeing to return his money though most sarcastically: "You can buy quite a few lolly-pops for thirty cents." Mijanovich mentions this letter in her original "Discussion and Documentation" as an example of poor time management and public relations. 6. "Document B." 5ll. typescript letter from Petersen to "Weekly People" editor and SLP Presidential candidate Eric Hass, dated September 20, 1945, in which Petersen belatedly argues against facts stated by Hass for the National Executive Committee's report regarding the work done at the printing press and the editorial offices. 7. "Document C." 4ll. typescript letter from Hass to Petersen in response to the above-mentioned epistle, dated September 26, 1945, in which Hass maintains his original facts and figures regarding the work done by the editorial staff at the "Weekly People." He ends with the reminder that "you say you 'do not wish to make invidious comparisons,' [but] the comparison you do make is, in my opinion, invidious. Inasmuch as I have made no pretensions to invite the comparison, I do not understand why you make it unless it is to show the tremendously greater capacities of De Leon...I would not have the Party membership unaware of my limitations, yet I think it should be realized that, within these limitations, I am working as hard and as zealously as I know how." In her own "Statement," Mijanovich points out "That Comrade Hass... [is] thoroughly disgusted with the actions of the N.S. but hesitate[s] to bring out certain facts for fear of causing a split in the Party." 8. "Document D & E." 14ll. typed letter from Florence Wills to Eric Hass regarding her own response to "Document B," in which she too systematically proves Petersen's corrections as "false." Offered together with a 1-p. letter from Wills to Petersen dated September 30, 1944, in which she points out the inferior quality of the printed pamphlets being distributed to potential SLP members. 9. "Document F." 1-page typed letter from Arnold Petersen to Theodore Weder dated September 13, 1946, in regards to the Party's having or having not "revised its 'attitude toward Soviet Russia'" in "recent years." As Mijanovich pointed out in the "Discussion and Documentation," Petersen had allowed to go to press a number of pamphlets directly contradicting the SLP's stance regarding the Soviet Union (see below). 10. "Document G." "Memorandum Copy on Section New York's Resolution, recommending withdrawal of the Party declarations now published in pamphlet form under the titles 'Soviet Russia: Promise or Menace?' and 'Socialism: Hope of Humanity.'" 12ll. document signed in type on last page by Petersen, arguing against the removal of these two titles from popular sale despite criticisms presented by Section New York. 11. "Document H." 22&2ll. document collecting statements made in the following pamphlets: "Soviet Russia: Promise or Menace?"; "DeLeonism vs. Stalinism"; "Stalinist Corruption of Marxism"; "Workers of the World Unite!"; "What Is Socialism?"; and "Stalinist Imperialism." 12. [Undesignated Document]. 1-p. letter of resignation by SLP bookkeeper Eleanor Greenberg addressed to Arnold Petersen dated July 30, 1945, in which Greenberg states "your actions have caused me to be deeply humiliated and hurt, and I am unaccustomed to being treated in such a manner." According to Greenberg, Petersen had inaccurately accused her of repeated tardyism and had "shouted" at her when she invited friends to the office after lunch ("their visit was particularly meaningful to me since they were nurses recently returned from European duty.") To this is attached Petersen's 4ll. response dated the same day, in which Petersen spends approx. 2000 words denigrating Greenberg while defending himself, only to conclude with "I do ask you, in all fairness and common decency to stay until August 18 in order to enable me to secure another bookkeeper." Original packet delivered to leading members of the Socialist Labor Party calling for the removal of Arnold Petersen as National Secretary. All documents printed from typescript and side-staplebound in original mailing envelope addressed from Nada Mijanovich, a Chicago-based member of the SLP, to Bert Baxter, a Portland, Oregon, member, and SLP write-in candidate for Governor. Some wear and light toning to documents, envelope postally used and rather worn and soiled with some tearing, else a Very Good or better collection. Daniel De Leon named the 29-year-old Arnold Petersen his successor as National Secretary of the Socialist Labor Party shortly before his death in 1914. Like his predecessor, during whose tenure the SLP splintered to form the Socialist Party of the United States, Petersen proved to be a polarizing presence in the Party, and while he saved it from bankruptcy, the present collection delineates the slow but steady decline of the SLP during the later years of World War II. Nada Mijanovich, the compiler of this packet, was a Chicago-based SLP member and former worker in the SLP's New York office where she and Petersen butted heads, Petersen eventually charging Mijanovich with slander and other subversive activities. The present collection of evidence levelled against Petersen appears to have been produced in retaliation. Though these documents does not paint an especially flattering portrait of Petersen as will be shown below, Mijanovich's efforts appear to have been in vain, as Petersen would remain National Secretary of the SLP for the next 22 years, until his retirement in 1969. Contents as follows:.

$750.00

Radical Philosophers' Newsjournal - no. XI (Fall '78)
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Radical Philosophers' Newsjournal - no. XI (Fall '78)

By BLUM, Larry (et al, eds)

Somerville, MA: Radical Philosophers' Newsjournal, 1978. Pamphlet. Staple-bound card wrappers (softcover); 56pp. Moderate external soiling, else Near Fine. Articles by Milton Fisk ("The Human Nature Argument"); Richard Schmitt ("Are Professionals and Managers a Separate Class?"); Jethro Hayes ("Business Ethics; Dialogue in a Shipyard"). Uncommon. OCLC catalogue suggests that this was the final issue.

$30.00

Dialectics: A Marxist Literary Journal, No. 8
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Dialectics: A Marxist Literary Journal, No. 8

By CRITICS GROUP

New York: Critics Group, n.d., ca. 1938. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's decorative staplebound card wrappers printed in blue; 31pp. Extremities a bit toned, else Very Good or better. Includes Frederick Engels essay "The Role of Labor in the Ape's Evolution into Man" and a bibliography of German exile literature.

$15.00

Revolution today: U.S.A.: A Look at the Progressive Labor Movement and the Progressive Labor Party
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Revolution today: U.S.A.: A Look at the Progressive Labor Movement and the Progressive Labor Party

By PROGRESSIVE LABOR PARTY

New York: Exposition Press, 1970. First Edition. Hardcover. An examination of the founding, history, philosophy, policies, and goals of the PLP, written eight years after it was established. Octavo; dark red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 355,[5]pp; illus. Near Fine in a lightly rubbed, Near Fine dustjacket (priced $5.00).

$40.00

Dialectics : A Marxist Literary Journal, No. 3
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Dialectics : A Marxist Literary Journal, No. 3

By CRITICS GROUP

New York: Critics Group, 1937. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's green decorative staplebound card wrappers; 31pp. Extremities a bit toned, else Very Good or better. Includes Karl Marx's 1854 essay "Spanish Revolutions," and a brief bibliography titled "Dialectics and the Sciences," compiled by Angel Flores.

$25.00

The Anarchist Ideal and Other Essays
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The Anarchist Ideal and Other Essays

By [ANARCHISM] WENLEY, R.M. [Robert Mark]

Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Collection of five scholarly lectures by the Scots-American classicist and historian of ideas, long-time head of the Department of Philosophy at The University of Michigan. Of the five works included, only the title essay - on the classical origins of modern Anarchist thought - deals directly with contemporary political movements. Not uncommonly for the period, the author conflates "anarchism" with other nominally "utopian" movements including socialism and communism. The collection includes four other essays on the subjects of Psychology, Education, and Classical Philosophy. A somewhat hard-to-find title in any condition, but truly scarce in dustwrapper. Octavo. Blue cloth boards lettered in black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 274pp. Tight, Near Fine copy in a crisp, clean dustwrapper, Near Fine but for a spot of erosion at crown of spine panel.

$350.00

We are the Makers of Dreams
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We are the Makers of Dreams

By BLAKE, William J.

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. Octavo (22cm). Cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; tan top-stain; 342pp. Bit of foxing to text block edges and age-mottling to endpapers, else Near Fine. In the original dustwrapper, unclipped, with mild rubbing to extremities and a couple of tiny, closed nicks, VG to Near Fine. An attractive copy of this somewhat uncommon late novel by the one-time Parisian expatriate banker, later Marxist economist, and husband of the New Zealand novelist Christina Stead.

$50.00

Trends in American Capitalism: Profits and Living Standards
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Trends in American Capitalism: Profits and Living Standards

By [LABOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATION]

New York: International Publishers, 1948. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo. Printed card wrappers; 128pp. Mild external wear; text clean, tight and unmarked; Very Good or better. Marxist economic analysis of American capitalism by the Labor Research Association, a CPUSA-affiliated policy group.

$15.00

How a Communist Club Functions
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How a Communist Club Functions

By RUBIN, Daniel

New York: New Outlook Publishers, 1971. First Edition. Pamphlet. Staple-bound pamphlet. Printed paper wrappers; 28,[3]pp. Fine. Author was the Organizational Sec'y of the CPUSA.

$20.00

Reflections, Sketches & Provocations. Essays and Commentary 1981-1987
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Reflections, Sketches & Provocations. Essays and Commentary 1981-1987

By AVAKIAN, Bob

Chicago: RCP Publications, 1990. First Edition. Paperback. Octavo (22cm). Pictorial card wrappers (softcover); 242pp. Tight, unmarked, Near Fine copy. Selected essays from the long-time leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

$15.00

War is Their Business: the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex
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War is Their Business: the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex

By TSAGOLOV, Georgi

Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1985. First English Language Edition. Paperback. 12mo (16cm). Pictorial card wrappers (softcover); 292pp; illus. Soviet-sponsored exposure of militarism in American economic life with a focus on such multinational corporations as United Technologies, General Dynamics, GE, etc.

$25.00

The Conquest of Power: Liberalism, Anarchism, Syndicalism, Socialism, Fascism, Communism (Two Volumes)
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The Conquest of Power: Liberalism, Anarchism, Syndicalism, Socialism, Fascism, Communism (Two Volumes)

By [COMMUNISM - FOURTH INTERNATIONAL] WEISBORD, Albert

New York: Covici-Friede, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. Weisbord's monumental synthesis of the principal "radical" political movements of the first quarter of the twentieth century, intended chiefly as a defense of his own strand of Trotskyist communism as exemplified by the "Communist League of Struggle," the Trotskyist splinter group founded by Weisbord and his wife in 1931. A major 20th-century theoretical work, seldom found in such nice condition. Two large octavo volumes (24cm). Blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spines; dustjackets; [i]-480; [481-1208pp. Bit of dusting to jackets and mild, scattered thumb-soil to contents; Very Good to Near Fine overall - a bright, just lightly worn set, far better than usually seen.

$200.00

The New Palgrave. A Dictionary of Economics. Vol. 1-4 (complete), in publisher's slipcase
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The New Palgrave. A Dictionary of Economics. Vol. 1-4 (complete), in publisher's slipcase

By EATWELL, John; Murray Mmilgate, Peter Newman (eds)

London: Macmillan Reference, 1998. Paperback. First paperback edition. Four quarto volumes in publisher's card slipcase; 1044+1084+949+1025pp. Clean, tight and unmarked, with the faintest signs of use; a Near-New set. Out of print in paperback (published at $400).

$200.00

Karl Marx: His Apprenticeship to Politics
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Karl Marx: His Apprenticeship to Politics

By PASCAL, Roy

Lawrence: Labour Monthly, (1942). First Edition. Pamphlet. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; decorated card wrappers; 32pp. Very Good. Published on the centennary of Marx's assumption of the editorship of the Rheinische Zeitung.

$15.00

The Head-Fixing Industry. Enlarged Edition
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The Head-Fixing Industry. Enlarged Edition

By KERACHER, John

Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Co, 1955. Paperback. Very Good. First Edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; 50pp. Mild creasing and soiling to covers, pages clean and unmarked; Very Good. The first edition was published twenty years earlier; this edition greatly expanded to include the effects of modern (post-War) media.

$15.00

Documents - Problems of the International Communist Movement
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Documents - Problems of the International Communist Movement

By [COMMUNISM - FRANCE] THOREZ, Maurice et al.

[Paris]: Central Committee of the French Communist Party, 1963. Pamphlet. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed paper wrappers; 92pp. Covers slightly rubbed; text paper toned; Good to Very Good. Internal statements by the Central Committee of the PCF; contributions by Maurice Thorez, Raymond Guyot, others; much on the development of Chinese Communism. Text entirely in English.

$15.00

Critique: A Journal of Soviet Studies and Socialist Theory. Autumn 1974
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Critique: A Journal of Soviet Studies and Socialist Theory. Autumn 1974

By TICKTIN, Hillel (ed)

Glasgow: Critique, 1974. Paperback. Octavo. Printed card wrappers; 120pp. Moderate wear and soil; Very Good. Articles by Ernest Mandel ("Ten Theses on the Social and Economic Laws Governing the Society Transitional Between Capitalism and Socialism"); Hillel Ticktin ("Socialism, the Market and the State, Another View: Socialism vs Proudhonism"); Chris Goodey (Factory Committees and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat"), etc.

$15.00

Socialism: A Critical Analysis
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Socialism: A Critical Analysis

By SKELTON, O.D.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, [1911]. Reprint. Hardcover. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's red cloth; [2],ix,[1],329pp. Light shelf wear, corners gently bumped, contemporary ownership bookplate to front pastedown, else Very Good and sound. A "hostile critic... of Marxian economics" (EGBERT II, p. 249).

$20.00

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
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Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

By ENGELS, F.

Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1954. First Thus. Paperback. 12mo (16.25cm.); publisher's pale yellow wrappers printed in black and red; 122pp. Dampstain along bottom edge of textblock and wrappers, shallow vertical crease to rear cover, else Very Good and sound.

$15.00

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