HARRY MAGDOFF PDF

In , at age 15, Magdoff first started reading Karl Marx when he picked up a copy of The Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy in a used-book store. We were going into the Depression then and I wanted to figure out what it all meant. Magdoff studied mathematics and physics from to at the City College of New York taking engineering, math and physics courses; he was active in the Social Problems Club with many schoolmates who later joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade , a Comintern organization that fought in the Spanish Civil War. Magdoff attended New York University after , where he studied economics and statistics , receiving a B. Infiltration In the mids, Magdoff moved to Philadelphia to take a job with the Works Progress Administration measuring the productivity of various manufacturing industries.

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In , at age 15, Magdoff first started reading Karl Marx when he picked up a copy of The Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy in a used-book store. We were going into the Depression then and I wanted to figure out what it all meant.

Magdoff studied mathematics and physics from to at the City College of New York taking engineering, math and physics courses; he was active in the Social Problems Club with many schoolmates who later joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade , a Comintern organization that fought in the Spanish Civil War. Magdoff attended New York University after , where he studied economics and statistics , receiving a B.

Infiltration In the mids, Magdoff moved to Philadelphia to take a job with the Works Progress Administration measuring the productivity of various manufacturing industries. David Weintraub assisted him with letters of recommendation to get a job with the government. Among these were Army decryptions of Soviet cables which revealed there to be some number of American citizens involved in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union.

The U. The public accusation that Magdoff was working for Soviet intelligence was itself not new; it had originated with defector Elizabeth Bentley who testified to that same effect. On the date specified I went to the apartment of John Abt, was admitted by him to his apartment and there met four individuals, none of whom I had ever seen before.

They seemed to know, at least, generally that they could talk freely in my presence and I recall some conversation about their paying Communist Party dues to me, as well as my furnishing them with Communist Party literature. There followed then a general discussion among all of us as to the type of information which these people, excepting Abt, would be able to furnish.

It was obvious to me that these people, including Abt, had been associated for some time and that they had been engaged in some sort of espionage for Earl Browder. The first is described by the decrypters as being sent from Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov in which he requests a "telegraph a reply to No. They said that they had been neglected and no one had taken any interest in their potentialities Magdoff at the time was ending a prolonged leave of absence due to a gall bladder operation, and was unsure of the type of material he could deliver.

As a new recruit, or "probationer" in Soviet parlance, "KANT" was subject to a background check and a request was made. The May 30 cable transmits personal histories of the probationers. A number of U. In Moscow the request was processed. Evidence was unearthed in the Comintern Archives in the late s, Lt. General Pavel M. Moscow expressed concern that knowledge of some probationers working for various groups was widely known among other CPUSA members, so it was not uncommon for code names to change.

Boardman, discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using Venona project materials to prosecute suspects. In that memorandum, which remained classified forty-one years until the Moynihan Commission on Government Secrecy obtained its release to the public in , Boardman quotes the May 13, Venona transcript, which named several members of the Perlo group, including Magdoff.

Though Belmont was of the opinion that the VENONA evidence could lead to successful convictions, it was ultimately decided, in consideration of compromising the Army Signals Intelligence efforts, that there would not be prosecutions. He became an economic advisor and speechwriter to former Vice-President and unsuccessful Presidential candidate Henry A.

Magdoff began a career in academia in the s. His first and perhaps most influential book, The Age of Imperialism, was published in It sold over , copies and was translated into fifteen languages. Two years later, after the death of Leo Huberman , he began co-editing with Paul Sweezy Monthly Review, the leading independent Marxist journal in the United States, and has continued to edit the magazine to this day.

This perspective put the magazine and its press squarely on the New Left intellectual agenda since the late s. His work has also kept him in the forefront of socialist thought in the U.

Magdoff and the late Paul Sweezy together produced five books. Magdoff has two sons. His son, Fred Magdoff, is an expert in plant and soil science. His wife of almost 70 years, Beatrice, died in Magdoff, who had just returned from a period of approximately six months hospitalization, expected to return to the War Production Board but was uncertain as to what specifically he would be able to furnish

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Investigation[ edit ] An FBI file description says Magdoff and others were probed as part of "a major espionage investigation spanning the years through " into a suspected "Soviet spy ring which supposedly had 27 individuals gathering information from at least six Federal agencies. However, none of the subjects were indicted by the Grand Jury. A mass of previously unremarked materials collectively known as the Venona project was declassified by the U. Among these were Army decryptions of Soviet cables which revealed there to be some number of American citizens involved in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. Magdoff was among those investigated as a member of what was called the Perlo group. The public accusation that Magdoff was working for Soviet intelligence was itself not new; it had originated with defector Elizabeth Bentley who provided this information to the FBI and later testified to that same effect in open hearings. Bentley told the FBI: On the date specified I went to the apartment of John Abt, was admitted by him to his apartment and there met four individuals, none of whom I had ever seen before.

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