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New Left Review I/1, January-February 1960

Clancy Sigal

Open Letter to the Left

An open letter to the British Comrades of the New Left, Victory For Socialism, Tribune, etc.


A drive has now begun in deadly earnest, within the establishments of the major political parties, to make more rapid and drastic the already existing tendency towards the ‘Americanisation’ of British political life. By this I mean that the political parties shall not represent inherently distinct ways or visions of life, but will exist primarily as institutional shelters for various pressure groups contending within an increasingly ‘pluralistic’ society.

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