The first year of the effort to reinvigorate the League for Industrial Democracy has been completed. It is time to take stock.
When Michael Harrington was named LID Chairman in September, 1964, and a young staff took over the office, we sought to avoid the grandiose predictions of progress that frequently characterize organizational motions on the American Left. We spoke, rather, of reestablishing the League as an educational and intellectual center among the movements for democratic social change. We saw opportunities to bring together intellectuals, civil rights activists, trade unionists and students—not into an all encompassing ersatz political party but into dialogue and association. There were signs of a revival of radical energy, and we wanted to make a contribution to its programmatic development....
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