Letter 056, pg. 1
To Channing Pollock
May 27, 1941
Mr. Channing Pollock
Shoreham, Long Island
Dear Mr. Pollock:
I was terribly sorry to hear of the hardships which our organization work has imposed upon you. I realize fully how busy you are and I can only express my admiration for the idealism which caused you to undertake this extra work. Of course, you should not be forced to continue to do so much single-handed. My most earnest suggestion is that we do not wait much longer for our “names.” We can proceed with those we have. They are prominent enough to ensure the prestige of the organization and to remove from it any suspicion of “racket.” If we now call a meeting of those who have agreed to join us, we can take out our incorporation papers, raise the necessary funds—and remove detail, routine work from you. I really do not believe that a large number of prominent men is absolutely necessary at the beginning. What we need most is quality, not quantity—as in all social matters. The other “names” will join us when they see us going ahead on a concrete program of action.
If you prefer to wait a little longer for the latest answers, I would suggest that we meet at least with those of our “names” who are here in New York. They could suggest other names—and take over some of the work and correspondence which you are carrying alone at present. I can help on that, of course, but my name is not prominent enough to sign alone to the original invitations.
I would be afraid to go through “Who’s Who” in search of new names, because names as such are not what we want; we want people who are widely known as representing our principles; and we must be very certain of the political view-point of those we invite to serve on our Committee; a prominent person whom we might invite merely for the sake of his prominence could do us more harm than good.
I think Mr. Nicholas Roosevelt’s[*] opinion that our organization “would be just one more of the same” is a very important criticism for us to remember. We must make it very clear that we intend to formulate and propagate a basic IDEOLOGY of Individualism and Capitalism, a complete philosophy of life re-stated in the terms of the twentieth century. No organization is doing that. If we don’t make