The Press: Fiscal Limits of Iconoclasm

The March issue of Ramparts was only part way out last week. Newsstand copies went on sale two weeks ago, but 145,000 subscription copies of the magazine were still piled up at the printers in Denver. Reason: Ramparts had run out of money. The post office wouldn't accept its checks, and its subscription-service company wouldn't produce the necessary address labels until a start was made toward clearing up debts of between $20,000 and $25,000. In desperation, Ramparts sent out telegrams and letters to selected subscribers, asking them to chip in at least $10 apiece. The response was enough so that at...