Letter 066, pg . 2
get “damned mad” about being offered a salary. I told you that I had to have a salary if I were to give the work my full time, and I won’t be any good unless I give it my full time. The job I have now takes more than eight hours a day—sometimes it’s twelve and more—so I couldn’t do any real work until I quit this. If I were a capitalist, I’d much rather work for the cause as a volunteer—but, unfortunately, I am only a proletarian defender of Capitalism, than which there is no worse thing to be. If I were a defender of Communism, I’d be a Hollywood millionaire-writer by now, with a swimming pool and a private orchestra to play the Internationale. As it is, I have to work for my living. So I’m quite definitely for sale—all of me above the neck—to anyone on our side who really intends to work for our side. This is the best way I know to say “thank you.” Seriously, though, I’d be very happy to work for you—and I hope you will really start soon on the kind of campaign we need.
I called Judge Tiffany Monday, when I received your letter. He said he had read the Manifesto and liked it very much, but he was just leaving New York, so I won’t be able to meet him until he comes back.
I sent a copy of the Manifesto to Dr. Ruth Alexander—you may remember my mentioning her, she is a very prominent lecturer and an extremely brilliant woman. I had approached her some time ago to serve on our Committee—and she said she would, if we took an uncompromising position on the defense of Capitalism. I sent her the Manifesto Monday—and this morning I received a telegram from her. I’ll quote it here in full—excuse the boasting, but I thought it was very nice of her, and it shows the kind of response we need and will get if we don’t pussy foot and compromise:
“BRAVO ON YOUR MAGNIFICENT MANIFESTO. IT SUMMARIZES ALL THE MATERIAL I HAVE BEEN HAMMERING HOME IN MY LECTURES FOR THREE YEARS. IF YOU CAN AND WILL RETAIN THIS PLATFORM WITHOUT MODIFICATION, COUNT ME IN ON IT. HOPE TO SEE YOU LATTER PART OF MONTH BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN.
Nice, isn’t it?
I spoke to Mr. Gall on the phone—he said that he has sent the Manifesto to the vice president of the N.A.M.—for his okay on arranging to finance us. I wish you could help me there—I don’t know just how one goes about pushing people for financing, and I think the N.A.M. crowd could be made to finance us, but they need pressure and reminders.