New Politics Vol. XII No. 2, Whole Number 46

From the Editors, Marvin Mandell and Betty Mandell


* Reply to Immanuel Wallerstein, Ralph Seliger

Symposium on Gays and the Left (Part II)

* Introduction, Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison
* Reinventing a Queer Left, Peter Drucker
* Eight Kinds of Strength: A Tribute to Valerie Taylor, Lesbian Writer and Revolutionary, Marcia Gallo
* Socialism and Homosexuality, Thomas Harrison
* Socialism and Gay Liberation: Back to the Future, Doug Ireland
* LGBT Political Cul-de-sac: Make a U-turn, Sherry Wolf

Where Will Obama Go?, Jack Gerson
Joe the Plumber, Christopher Phelps
At the SEIU Convention and Beyond, Herman Benson
A Brief History of Time (poem), Greta Aart
The Taste of Oranges, Desnee Flakes
Albert Shanker’s Legacy

* Comment, Michael Hirsch
* Reply, Norman Scott and Vera Pavone

Indigenous Women, “No to 2010” and the Emergence of a New Movement, Jeffrey Shantz

Olympic Dream (poem), Bill Littlefield

Dirty Business, Dirty Wars: U.S.-Latin American Relations in the 21st Century, Cyril Mychalejko

Obituary for B. J. Widick

Did 1968 Change History?, Nelson Lichtenstein

Utopia: A Bet You Can’t Refuse, Richard Greeman

Actuarial (poem), Peter Lamborn Wilson

In Defense of Washington and Wall Street, Robert Fitch (footnoted version)


* Hoax and Reality, Jerold Touger (rev. of Alan Sokal, Beyond the Hoax)

* The New Class Struggle, Milan Rai (rev. of Chris Spannos, Real Utopia)

* Bolshevism and Revolutionary Democracy, Paul Le Blanc (rev. of Simon Pirani, The Russian Revolution In Retreat, 1920-24 and Soma Marik, Reinterrogating the Classical Marxist Discourses of Revolutionary Democracy)

* Belief, Work, and Tears, Robert Joe Stout (rev. of J. Nevins, Dying To Live, G. Ramirez, The Fire and Word, and Marcos, Speed and Dreams)

* Architect of Illusion, Louis F. Cooper (rev. of David Milne, America’s Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War)

* Guaranteed: The Hardest and Most Dangerous Job and the Lowest Pay, Michael Wrezsin (rev. of Robert Zeiger, For Jobs and Freedom)

* Dubious Advice for Young Radicals, Sam Waite (rev. of Camille De Toledo, Coming of Age at the End of History)

* Not Working Very Well, Chris Tilly (rev. of Richard B. Freeman, America Works)

* The Anti-Comics Crusade, Kent Worcester (rev. of David Hadju, The 10-Cent Plague)

Words and Pictures: Isadora Duncan, Sabrin Jones (with introduction by Kent Worcester)

In this issue:

Reinventing a Queer Left


AS SEVERAL OF THE PARTICIPANTS in Part I of this symposium noted, the association between lesbians, gays, and the left was a constant through much of the 20th century. It is an open question whether that connection will amount to much in the 21st century. As in many countries, there is a push in the United States today to incorporate lesbians and gays into the prevailing sexual and familial order. Given how that order is structured under capitalism, probably the best it can offer us is second-class citizenship.

Eight Kinds of Strength


The Sweet Little Old Gray-Haired Lady in Sneakers[1]

Socialism and Homosexuality


SAME-SEX DESIRE has always been a part of human life.There is much evidence, though not yet conclusive, that a predominant sexual attraction to members of one’s own sex is innate. But innate or not, we know that it is definitely formed early in life, certainly before the age of ten.

Socialism and Gay Liberation: Back to the Future


IN 1865, WHILE MARX, IN HOLLAND, was playing the Victorian parlor game “Confessions” with his daughter Jenny, when asked for his favorite maxim he replied, “Nihil humani a me alienum puto” or “nothing human is alien to me,” a dictum he had lifted from the second century B.C. Carthaginian slave-turned-playwright Terentius (Terence.)

LGBT Political Cul-de-sac: Make a U-Turn


Electoral Cul-de-sac

ON THE EVE OF 2009, it is impossible to speak of a national gay liberation movement, as that would entail active groups of people mobilizing at the grassroots to achieve common aims.

The Change We REALLY Want?


WITH THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, millions in the United States and around the world are hoping for relief from the dangerous arrogance and destructiveness of George Bush’s foreign policy. President Obama is expected to take important positive initiatives — like closing Guantanamo and lifting the rule denying international organizations receiving U.S. aid the right to let women know about abortion. When the inevitable right-wing reaction to these initiatives comes, it will be crucial for us in the peace movement to defend them.

Albert Shanker's Legacy: Comment on Norm Scott and Vera Pavone's Review in #45


LEON TROTSKY’S TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM begins with words that have made the left nuts ever since. “The world political situation as a whole is chiefly characterized by a historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat,” the old exiled Bolshevik and Red Army founder wrote.That analysis was arguable in 1938, when it was written, less so in the 1960s, when the United Federation of Teachers was formed. Would that it were remotely plausible today.

Albert Shanker’s Legacy: Reply to Michael Hirsch

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MICHAEL HIRSCH’S CRITIQUE misleads, or outrightly distorts, many of the points we made in our review.*

In Defense of Washington and Wall Street


1. The Crisis of 2007-2008
THE VERY ELDERLY ARE PRONE TO FALL. And unlike infants who also tumble frequently, each time seniors stumble, they risk a disabling or even a fatal injury. On August 9th 2007, after an unparalleled quarter century long expansion, which had been checked in the developed countries only mildly and briefly, capitalism finally tripped and lost its balance with predictable results: banks tottered, while credit and commercial paper markets writhed in paralysis.


Hoax and Reality


IN 1996, THE ACADEMIC JOURNAL Social Text, self-described as “a daring and controversial leader in the field of cultural studies,” published an article by physicist Alan Sokal in which Sokal argued that in quantum gravity, “the foundational conceptual categories of prior science — among them, existence itself — become problematized and relativized.” What did Sokal mean by this? In Sokal’s own words, “This . . .


The New Class Struggle


REAL UTOPIA IS A WIDE-RANGING BOOK that can deliver for the open-minded reader. It relates ideas and actions that develop naturally out of commonly held values, but that can still bring surprise, the shock of revelation, the rearrangement of familiar territory, and a different framework for us to see ourselves within. Who is the “us”? People who subscribe to the cry of the World Social Forum: “Another World Is Possible!” The questions many of us urgently want answers to are: What is this “other world”? What does it look like?

Socialism and Gay Liberation: Back to the Future


IN 1865, WHILE MARX, IN HOLLAND, was playing the Victorian parlor game “Confessions” with his daughter Jenny, when asked for his favorite maxim he replied, “Nihil humani a me alienum puto” or “nothing human is alien to me,” a dictum he had lifted from the second century B.C. Carthaginian slave-turned-playwright Terentius (Terence).

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