Willi Schlamm

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William S. (Willi) Schlamm (originally: Wilhelm Siegmund Schlamm; June 10, 1904 – September 1, 1978) was an Austrian-American journalist.


Born in Przemyśl, Galicia, then part of the Austrian Empire, the son of a wealthy Jewish merchant, he became a Communist, being received when he was 16 years old by Vladimir Lenin in the Kremlin, After completing his Abitur (high school examinations), he became a writer with the Vienna Communist newspaper, Die Rote Fahne. Breaking with the Communist Party in 1929, he joined the editorial staff of the left-wing magazine Die Weltbühne in 1932.[1]

Schlamm later moved to the United States, where he was naturalized in 1944, and became an assistant to Henry Luce, the publisher of Life, Time and Fortune magazines.[2]

Schlamm encouraged William F. Buckley, Jr. to found the conservative magazine, National Review, with Buckley as the sole owner. Schlamm became a senior editor but was later fired by Buckley.[3] He then became associate editor of the John Birch Society's journal, American Opinion.[4] After writing for conservative magazines, he returned to Europe in 1972, where he published the magazine Die Zeitbühne. He died in 1978 in Salzburg[5]

Schlamm is remembered for having coined the saying, "The trouble with socialism is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists."[6]


  1. ^ Lange
  2. ^ Lange
  3. ^ Regnery, pp. 63-64
  4. ^ Bjerre-Poulsen, p. 205
  5. ^ Lange
  6. ^ Bridges and Coin, p. 51