The New York Times 10 July 1970 article Communist ‘Rules’ For Revolt Viewed As Durable Fraud inaccurately states:

The earliest publication of the “rules” turned up in search was in The New World News of February, 1946. Many who reproduce the “rules” quote the defunct biweekly newsletter of Moral Re‐Armament Inc. as their source.

Morris Kominsky, in a book called “The Hoaxers,” to be published soon by Branden Press of Boston, quotes H. Mead Twitchell Jr., until recently an employee of the now closed Los Angeles office of Moral Re‐Armament, as saying that the “rules” appeared in German “in a German paper during the twenties and thirties, was translated into English in Britain [and] I believe it was first used in the United States in Rising Tide, a magazine published about 1937, but I can not find a copy to check this and do not know the name of the German newspaper.”

The only magazine called Rising Tide that circulated in the United States, according to a check by librarians, was a periodical for boys and girls of the Presbyterian Church of England, published from 1880 to 1937.
(emphasis added)

However, in 1937 there was a single issue magazine "Rising Tide" published by the Oxford Group, affiliated with the Moral Re-armament movement mentioned by in the above NYT quote.

Was H. Mead Twitchell Jr. accurate in stating that the 1937 "Rising Tide" magazine included the "Rules for Revolution" which were published in the February 1946 New World News?

  • Please add a bit of context for those of us unfamiliar with what these rules are/represent. Thanks.
    – Oddthinking
    Mar 27 at 0:35
  • @Oddthinking the rules are highly related to this question: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/31405/… , but the 1946 and 1947 publications of the rules didn't say they were "communist".
    – DavePhD
    Mar 27 at 0:41
  • I don't quite see why this counts as a notable claim.
    – quarague
    Mar 27 at 19:10
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    @quarague because it was published in the New York Times, the book "The Hoaxers: Plain Liars, Fancy Liars and Damned Liars" and the journal "The Dixon Line"
    – DavePhD
    Mar 27 at 20:27
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    Rising Tide (1937) does not look so glum as to contain these Rules, but maybe they get darker on the unphotographed pages: recoverycollectibles.com/products/rising-tide-oxford-group-1938 ---- Here is an attempt of reaffirming the authenticity of the Rules by having them seized in 1919, then given to MRA in 1946 : still sounds fishy, American Zone Koblenz is way off from Düsseldorf, and why would the Americans raid in a French/British zone? jstor.org/stable/community.28146662?seq=2 ----- Can someone link to the '46 New World News? I can't even find that one
    – bukwyrm
    Jun 27 at 21:00


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