|Marvin Mandell August 18, 2009|
Both of us had been in Orgone (Reichean) therapy for most of the 1950s, and we still believe it was efficacious. Orgone therapy involves tearing down the muscular armor of the body's defense mechanisms - neck armor, jaw armor, chest armor, eventually pelvic armor, sometimes with the therapist's palpitations of the patient's rigidity. It is an attempt to go beyond Freudian psychoanalysis in that it deals not only with a patient's dreams and free association but also with the physical manifestations of repressed hatred.
|Joanne Landy August 4, 2009|
These are my remarks in a debate/discussion on the topic "Can a New Public Option Be A Step to a Single Payer?" sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), July 22, 2009, at Bluestockings Bookstore, Manhattan. I was debating with Mark Hannay. Can a New Public Option Be A Step to a Single Payer? My answer is "no."The movement for healthcare reform is facing a great opportunity
|Lois Weiner August 2, 2009|
GIVING BACK - OR RATHER, GIVING UP
The Council of NJ State College Locals, CNJSCL ( http://www.cnjscl.org/ )
|Jason Schulman July 18, 2009|
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay — Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770)
Michael Harrington is rarely taken seriously as a Marxist thinker — indeed, his Marxism is rarely taken seriously at all, by either his critics or sympathizers.
|June 28, 2009|
With the Obama election, many of us are wondering how far we can push the new Administration in a progressive direction. As Frances Fox Piven says, he won’t go left unless there is a powerful movement pushing him in that direction. Piven compares him to FDR, under whose Administration many liberal programs, including Social Security, were enacted. FDR began as a centrist but was pushed to the left by protest movements. There has been a steady drum roll of pundits proclaiming that welfare reform is a success.
|Lois Weiner June 24, 2009|
The NY Times reported on June 23 that Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, warned that inferior charter schools are ruining the reputation of the entire charter school project, endangering the administration’s initiative to make charter schools the focal point of school reform. Each charter school is essentially its own miniscule school district (a “local education authority,” in educational policy-speak).
|Scott McLemee June 23, 2009|
Late last year, Columbia University Press published Jeffrey B. Perry’s Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918, the first of a promised two-volume study of a great, forgotten figure from the early Socialist Party. Given the unabashed racism so common within the movement, Harrison ended up leaving it to build a black nationalist group that antedated Marcus Garvey's efforts.
|Steve Shalom June 23, 2009|
There's an AP story today that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan "will soon order U.S. and NATO forces to break away from fights with militants hiding among villagers." The order is expected to reduce "the use of air strikes, mortars and artillery in villages." There are three points to note here: 1. The order does not prohibit U.S. troops from using massive force when civilians are nearby if the troops are in "imminent danger," and indeed, the order allows massive force if necessary to avoid "undue danger" to the troops.
|Steve Shalom March 20, 2009|
I just read a particularly silly piece by Shlomo Avineri, the Israeli political theorist who has written some interesting things on Marxism.