Last week one of the bypaths along the proletarian road wound to a temporary terminus in the Eagles Club Auditorium at Kenosha, Wis. Assembled there, in a confused and earnest clot, were 150 delegates to the 21st national convention of the Socialist Party. Among them few were more confused, none was more earnest than their three-time candidate for the Presidency of the U. S., grey Norman Thomas.

The chances for any sort of progressive national party in 1940 were no greater after the Socialists had acted upon their prime political problem of the moment: whether, when, and how to align...

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