Dec. 13, 1970
Dear Mr. Wolff,
Your letter of Dec. 8 is in hand. If you find yourself startled to receive kind words from the Right, you can imagine my own response to the fact that my book has been viciously attacked in the conservative press (National Review, New Guard, Triumph) and generally well received by the Left. Actually, I had somewhat anticipated this; the ms. was bought by a New Left editor after it had been given a cool reception at some of the more conservative publishing houses. It’s fairly indicative of the re-adjustment in political thinking that has been going on over the past two years or so.
By now you must have seen the Widmer review of both our books, along with Guerin’s ANARCHISM in the Nov. 16th Nation. Their new literary editor, Emile Capouya, is very sympathetic to libertarian ideas and this was apparently his inaugural feature. The Guerin book, is, in my estimation, the best short comprehensive history of the subject available.
I’ve done a brief review of your book for the Libertarian Forum, a bi-weekly newsletter, and I’ll send you a copy when it comes out in a few weeks.
I’ll also keep you posted on the progress of my course at the New School. The students who sign up will probably be a mixture of Randian capitalist types and Left Wing communalists; I’m sure to be attacked by the former for “selling out to the commies” and by the Leftists for advocating “greed” and “exploitation.” This exchange usually takes place at every Left-Right conference I’ve been to. If Nixon knew the truth about the so-called radical movement, he’d be sleeping much more soundly. Fortunately, he doesn’t.
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White Plains, N.Y. 10601
Despite the tensions caued by the war and the Nixon presidency and the Civil Rights Movement, those were more civil times.