To Michael (10 March 1944)

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Dearest brother,

On March 11th fall your Ilona's birthdays.[1] It {newest} be difficult to convince me entirely that this is a mere coincidence. It never comes {runned} without making me {faminty} feel how good after all life was to me. Since our daughter also is more and more taking on a shape we like {Thone} who {mity} belong to me, seem to be fulfilling our {entelechy}. We both congratulate you from all our hearth to the {lesson/honor} confered on you. It is a good thought to {know/run} that we are at one with you, in this as in most things.

You have my "unqualified agreement" in your campaign for the autonomy of science, whether it involves - as it must - criticism of USSR methods or not. Actually, I continue to believe that the ideologies with which "Communist-Jesuits" indoctrinate the Russian people are - as was the case with the Jesuits-"Christians". I find no difficulty {M__f__} in rejecting the esoteric theology of the {ruling/working} class while expecting the renaissance of western ideals in Russia. I have still to be shawn any other ideals than those of Vidman England's in which the man of the people are length, __ _____ in Russia. The only difference is that they may have a liker chance of king up to those ideals than we had, at {host} in everyday life. I don't deny, of course, that the new moral frontiers raise their specific problems which _____ real as the old ones. Also it ______ that the outlook of the {Jesuits/Jewish} diaspora represented by our western CTs is {shere} confusion.

My publishers write that their "college manager" heard Max Lerner "speaks in {eloging} terms" about my book at the Political Science Institution. Well, well. I {obei} really {social} if the old _____ decided to give a hearing to the new. He is at William's and a kind of {mask} in (t)hat comes of the world. I once met him personally - in Bennington - and sc analyzed him by approving of Roosevelt foreign policies, including neutralizing on Span!! (my argument was that democracies are not easily convinced that their {teater} Johan national interests; Roosevelt's past policies were demonstration of non-instrumental & non-partisan, thus facilitating his later, greater policies.

Please let me always {have/Karli}

Editor's Note

  1. Ilona Duczyńska is effectively born on March 11, but I don't understand the meaning of this sentence… Magda Polanyi was born on July 28, so I don't understand which coincidence Karl Polanyi was speaking about… - Santiago Pinault


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