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New Left Review I/47, January-February 1968

Peter Weiss

The Necessary Decision

ten workpoints of an author in this divided world


Every word that I write down and submit for publication is political. It is intended to make contact with a large audience and to achieve a definite effect. I turn over my writings to one of the communications media, and then they are absorbed by the consumers. The way in which my words are received depends to a great extent on the social system under which they are distributed. Since my words are but a small and ever-diminishing fraction of available opinions, I have to achieve the greatest possible precision if my views are to make their way.

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