New Politics, Vol. IX, No. 4, Whole Number 36

Affirmative Action — 2003, Reginald Wilson

Sharon vs. Arafat: Leader Bashing as Means in the Oppression of a Nation, Adam Keller

The U.S. Occupation of Iraq: Questions for the Peace Movement, Joanne Landy

Immigration in a Global Era, Saskia Sassen

Child Labor in the World Economy, Glenn Perusek

The International Labor Movement Between Geneva, Brussels, Seattle, Porto Alegre and Utopia, Peter Waterman

Solidarity and Student Protests in Iran, Jeremy Brecher

France: Crescendo of the Class Struggle, Vincent Présumey

An Autopsy on the Provos, Sandy Boyer

Intellectuals and Anti-Fascism: For a Critical Historization, Enzo Traverso

Orwell and Socialism, John Newsinger

Stephen Jay Gould: An Appreciation, Clive Bradley

The Minorities “Question”: Does the Left Have Answers?, Martin Oppenheimer

You’ve Been Well Cared For, Betty Reid Mandell

Power and Democracy: More than a Reply to Michael Löwy, John Holloway

Just an Answer to John Holloway, Michael Löwy


  • Cuba, Susan Metz

  • Reply to Susan Metz, Samuel Farber

  • Israel and Palestine, Thomas Olson

  • Socialist Zionism, Bennett Muraskin

  • Response to Critics, Jason Schulman

  • Words and Pictures, Ravi Malhotra

Edward Said: In Memoriam

Book and Film Reviews

  • Communist-Led Unions, Nelson Lichtenstein

  • Blind Faith, Robin Ganev

  • Labor History Wisdom, David Roediger

  • How the Labor Movement Got Away From Us, Maggie Dickinson

  • High Times: Revisiting the New Left, Kristin Lawler

  • Fascinating Discoveries, Paul Buhle

  • The Logic of Holy War, Marvin Mandell

  • Blame it on Bolshevism, Ernest Erber

  • Yesterday’s Desperados, Kurt Jacobsen

Words and Pictures: Peter Kuper, Kent Worcester

In this issue:

Questions for the Peace Movement: The U.S. Occupation of Iraq



This article is part of an ongoing discussion of the Iraq war and its aftermath. Various New Politics editors will be writing on this subject in future issues, not always with identical viewpoints, and we welcome contributions from our readers.



Child Labor in the World Economy


A world away from us, in the straits of Malacca, between Indonesian Sumatra and Malaysia, approximately 2,000 fishing platforms, known as jermals, operate miles from shore. Fewer than 400 are officially registered with the Indonesian government; the rest operate illegally. These small fishing platforms are built from giant logs that are sharpened like stakes and dropped from barges into the sea floor in water up to twenty meters deep. They form an open-ended rectangular stockade to which smaller timbers are lashed horizontally.

France: Crescendo of the Class Struggle


In France we have just experienced a great wave of strikes that directly addressed matters of political power. French history is defined by explosions of militancy which, for our governing class and for most of our journalists, are a "French sickness" that would be good to get rid of: before 2003 there was 1995; before 1995, 1968; before 1968, 1953 and so forth, all the way back to the Revolution. But this time there is something new: the latest wave of militant action is not an end to itself and is only an introduction.

Intellectuals and Anti-Fascism: For a Critical Historization


We are witnessing today a paradoxical and unsettling phenomenon: the rise of fascist-inspired political movements in the European arena (from France to Italy, from Belgium to Austria), accompanied, in the heart of intellectual circles, by a massive campaign to denigrate the entire anti-fascist tradition.

Stephen Jay Gould: An Appreciation


Stephen Jay Gould, the palaeontologist and science writer who died last year, wrote — brilliantly — on a bewildering series of subjects, but he is perhaps best known for his contribution to four: general evolutionary theory; the sociobiology debate; the relationship between science and religion; and the study (or critique of it) of intelligence testing.

You've Been Well Cared For


I was sitting in the homeless unit of the Grove Hall Department of Transitional Assistance (welfare department) chatting with some women. One was living in a homeless shelter in Saugus, a town on the north shore of Massachusetts; the other was applying for shelter. They were ashamed to be here. They said that they had worked and held responsible jobs. Life had dealt them raw blows. One had to leave her job because of an injury to her spine that seemed to require endless treatment, and she did not know when she could return to work.


Blind Faith


Among the great British Marxist historians Eric Hobsbawm is the only one to remain in the Communist Party until the late 1980s. His decision to do so has never fully been explained. Thus the publication of his autobiography, Interesting Times, is an exciting event, as it has the potential of addressing this question. How did Hobsbawm manage to reconcile himself, for example, to 1956? Did he not at least feel disillusioned when he learned about Stalinist atrocities?

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