A Lifetime of Dissent

A Lifetime of Dissent

A Lifetime of Dissent

A Lifetime of Dissent

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In the early 1930s I added to my general writing by occasionally publishing a brief pamphlet on some controversial issue. The best of these initial pamphlets was, I think, Equivocation On Religious Issues (1934). Hence I have placed this essay first in this volume as an appropriate introduction to the Basic Pamphlet Series, on which the book is primarily based.

I started with Are We Being Talked Into War? 36 years ago in 1952 and since that time have published a Basic Pamphlet every few years, making a total of 27. Two pamphlets I have merely edited. The series has covered many aspects of public affairs, with emphasis on civil liberties, Humanism, international relations and world peace.

My first wife, Margaret Irish Lamont, collaborated with me on To End Nuclear Bomb Tests (1958); while my second wife, Helen Lamb Lamont, wrote the best-selling The Tragedy of Vietnam (1964) and collaborated with me on The Meaning of Vietnam and Cambodia (1975).

I believe that the Basic Pamphlet Series, expressing in general a dissident viewpoint, has contributed to American understanding of fundamental issues in the fast-changing, violent and revolutionary world of the 20th century. I feel that I have carried on in the tradition of Tom Paine and the Haldeman- Julius pamphlets.

Corliss Lamont, 1988 . . .

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