Letter 052, pg. 1

To Channing Pollock

Channing Pollock (1880–1946) was a successful Broadway writer, responsible for such shows as the Ziegfeld Follies of 1911, 1915 and 1921 and other plays, many of which were turned into films. 

March 7, 1941

Mr. Channing Pollock
600 West End Avenue
New York City

Dear Mr. Pollock: 

Thank you for your letter and the copy of “What Can We Do For Democracy?” which you sent me. It was an intellectual treat for me to read your lecture. One has so few occasions nowadays to see in print ideas such as yours—and so well expressed.

I was very glad to hear that you approved of my “To All Innocent Fifth Columnists”.[*] And I shall be only too happy if you find that you can use any of it in your lectures—with or without credit. I do not care at all about credit, but I care tremendously to have these ideas spread in every possible manner. 

I realize the difficulties that would confront you if you headed a national organization [upholding individualism] such as I have in mind. But my plan would not necessarily burden you with a big administrative job. Your contribution would be “ideological” or intellectual guidance, at the head of a committee somewhat on the order of the Advisory Board which you suggest in “What Can We Do For Democracy?” Since our “ideology” (I hate the word, but it’s the most expressive one to convey my meaning) would be very much in line with that of your lectures, your work on such a committee would demand some time and thought, but no additional writing or research or slackening of your own writing and lecturing activities. The executive and administrative side of the organization could be turned over to other men—under the guidance of the committee. 

The first problem, of course, would be to select the members of this committee. If, upon further consideration, you find that you are willing to make an attempt toward an organization of this kind, I would ask you to think over the names of those whom you consider the right people for the