Robert E. Sagehorn is virtually unknown by the internet. When I first discovered his name and that of his journal it was very slow unravelling details. I was able to find a few library bound copies of Western World Review (WWR hereafter), and have slowly gathered bits and pieces. When musician Robert N. Taylor gifted UoE a large stack of issues I decided that I would begin putting information online. Taylor was involved in WWR for a period of time as an illustrator, and gives some background information in the essay “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” that was published as an appendix in Caught in the Crossfire: Kerry Thornley, Oswald and the Garrison Investigation by Adam Gorightly. Below I’ve excerpted the pertinent parts:
There were very few publications advocating Libertarian ideas. The three that stand out in my mind most prominently were Western World Review published by Robert Sagehorn, The Libertarian Connection and The Innovator…
Western World Review, though ostensibly Libertarian in stance, covered a wide range of subjects. It was most intent upon exploring new concepts in anthropology, evolution, and comparative culture and such. I published some of my first writing in WWR. It was published on legal-size paper, folded and saddle-stapled. Robert Sagehorn had purchased a used offset press and learned how to operate it. He lived and worked out of Culver City, California.
My cousin Nicholas and I became for a number of years the illustrators for the covers of each issue, released quarterly. My father, George Taylor, published the book Origins of Man Reconsidered as an entire issue. It was the largest issue done at that time, all in minuscule type. Sagehorn and I corresponded back and forth for a number of years and eventually met in person while I was living in Silver City, New Mexico. Being in California, which was at that time something of a Libertarian stronghold, he knew Thornley and most of the others. He suggested that I take a look at The Innovator, of which Thornley was the current editor. He also put me in touch with Patricia Carney who edited a supplement to The Innovator called Free Trade.
–Robert N. Taylor
Mr. Taylor has offered to send correspondence or any additional material on WWR and Sagehorn as he comes across it in his personal collection.
A letter of introduction to WESTERN WORLD REVIEW and the WESTERN WORLD REVIEW NEWSLETTER.
Within the last decade there has been a proliferation of “little” magazines and “underground” newspapers, and although many of these are short-lived, and often rightly so, quite a few survive, and the continuing flood of new publications indicate that this development will be with us for a while yet. The underground newspapers usually cater to the Hippie sub-culture, the little mags to poetry, art and new writing. And there are political and philosophical publications of a generally libertarian character.
Western World Review fits, in very general terms, into the latter category, and yet even in this small press proliferation appears to be unique. As an independent and unaffiliated review and opinion journal. Which some consider a joke, or a contradiction in terms. A measure of the degree to which politics and ideology have pervaded every social and economic consideration. Why should review and opinion journals be only house-organs, reflecting a precise ideological or factional view?
WWR appears to be the only publication of its kind on the market. A very general magazine where, to borrow a phrase, anything goes as long as its good. Good being; interesting, significant, definitive or whatever. WW R is only incidentally political, only to the extent that the continued expansion of political power makes it impossible to consider any field of human endeavor without relating in some manner to politics and government policy. Such is the state of affairs; politics encroaching outside its proper sphere, assuming all social power, and corrupting whatever it usurps. And include in the cost of political encroachment those possibilities that are not being realized due to the fact that in the present state of political polarization they are impolitic.
WW R is not solely concerned with politics and economics – there have been articles on the state of media and the arts, and an investigation of the manner in which a centralized educational system and a closed system of scientific thought and development have ignored those facts which do not conform to prevailing belief, resulting in both mis-education and the mis-direction of science.
Editors: Robert N. Sagehorn
Contributors: Henry Fox, James J. Martin
Subjects: Wide range of subjects.
Index of Issues
The items listed below have been confirmed to exist and most are archived by the Union of Egoists. Though it would be easy to fill in the gaps intuitively, small publications can often miss issues, or even make numbering mistakes. Issues will not be listed until they have been confirmed to exist.
v3n3 Fall 1968
v3n4 Winter 1968-69
v4n1 Spring 1969
v4n2 Summer 1969
v4n3 Fall 1969
v5n1 Spring 1970
v5n2 Fall 1970
v5n3 Winter 1970-71
v6n1 Spring 1971
v6n2 Summer 1971
v6n3 Fall 1971
v6n4 Winter 1971-72
v7n1 Spring 1972
v7n2 Summer 1972
v7n3 Fall 1972
v7n4 Winter 1972-73
v8n1 Spring 1973
v8n2 Summer 1973
v8n3 Fall 1973
v8n4 Winter 1973-74
v9n1 Spring 1974
v9n2 Summer 1974
v9n3 Fall 1974