Against the Current, No. 26, May/June 1990
The 1990s: A Socialist Agenda
— The Editors
How the Pittston Miners Won
— Phill Kwik
New Hope for Guatemala?
— Patti McSherry
Introduction to the Nicaraguan Elections--And Afterwards
— The Editors
The Elections--And Afterwards
— Dianne Feeley and David Finkel
Roots of the FSLN's Defeat
— James Petras
Rejoinder: Why the FSLN's Policies Failed
— Keith Griffin
Childcare: Unfinished Agenda
— Dianne Feeley
NYC: Koch Goes but the Crisis Stays
— Andy Pollack
For D.C., The Worst of Times
— John Willoughby
Untitled Poem (for Bird)
— Kim D. Hunter
A Fight for Treaty Rights
— Zoltan Grossman
Racism Over Three Decades
— Samuel Farber
The Soviet Crisis Today
— Boris Kagarlitsky
New Socialist Voices in the USSR
— Suzi Weissman interviews Boris Kagarlitsky
- A Russian Socialist's Perspective
Economic Prospects for Paralysis
— Nigel Harris
The Crisis in the Caucasus
— Suzi Weissman interview Ronald Suny
KMU Working for Labor Unity
— David Finkel interviews Ernesto Arellano
[Philippine] National Federation of Labor's Statement on China
— National Federation of Labor (Philippines)
New Statement on Beijing Incident
— National Executive Committee, KMU
South Africa: New Stage of Struggle
— Editors of the South African Labor Bulletin
Random Shots: Them Perrier Blues
— R.F. Kampfer
Politics and Popular Culture
— Annette T. Rubinstein
The Unnatural Fate of the Forest
— Marsha Rummel
YUPPIES SUFFERING from Perrier withdrawal can shake a little lighter fluid into their tap water.
Despite the U. S. invasion, Panamanian banks still refuse to take steps against laundering drug money. Bush has decided not to insist.
One would think that Poland had a greater right than France to participate in the German re-unification talks: the Polish People’s Army contributed twelve divisions to World War II while DeGaulle could only raise two.
TRY SPRINKLING pork-rinds with a mixture of fresh lime juice and Tiger brand hot sauce.
For a truly decadent treat, try spreading cream cheese on chocolate chip cookies.
The average suburban house contains about 20,000 spiders. That’s not so bad, but how many insects does it take to support that many arachnids?
Pipes made of Brazilian rose-wood give a wonderful smoke, but if the wood isn’t properly cured it will kill you in a New York minute. Sort of the smoker’s version of a Japanese fugu dinner.
Why? Why not?
WHY DON’T THE Animal Rights people do something about the use of cat-skins for clothing in Europe?
Whatever inspired GM to call its new car the Impact? The very name conjures up the image of the car hitting a brick wall.
Epoch of Capitalist Decay
ACCORDING TO a Detroit News editorial against “socialized medicine:”
“Patients who don’t pay most of their surgery bill have no incentive to avoid surgery, with cataracts or any other condition.” Apparently the editors enjoy having scalpels poked into their eye-balls, just to break the monotony, and think everyone else feels the same.
The average rate of investment return for speculators in baseball cards is almost 40% per year, compared to 12.7% on the stock market. Of course, people who take a serious interest in baseball should be easier to swindle than Wall Street sharpies.
Coleman Young’s strategy for spending the rest of his life as mayor of Detroit seems to be to run the city so far down that nobody else will want his job.
Great Moments in History
AFTER READING the Bible, Mahatma Gandhi seriously considered becoming a Christian. After living with an actual Christian family in South Africa, he changed his mind.
In ancient China, the penalty for fighting was to fasten the combatants together by the neck with a large wooden collar for a few months, enabling them to get to know each other much better. Something of the sort should work equally well for quarrelsome siblings.
Anybody who thinks that pre-industrial societies have an idyllic life should try scraping and tanning just one deer-skin.
JOHN HUSTON’s great 1956 production of “Moby Dick” was on TV recently. The scenes of real whales being harpooned are a lot more horrifying than any fake slasher movie.
“Lair of the White Worm” contains the distinctive Ken Russel touches that set it apart from the average horror movie. The kilts and bagpipes are just barely plausible, but where did the mongoose and hand grenade come from?
“Tomorrow is another day,” said Scarlett Sure enough, the very next morning, along came Sherman s cavalry and burned Tars to the ground.
Geopolitics and Other Passions
WILL THE SAME standards be applied to the West Bank of the Jordan and the East Bank of the Oder?
One excuse for the invasion of Panama was suppression of the drug trade. Some of the troops have made use of the opportunity to bring home duffel-bags full of cocaine.
May-June 1990, ATC 26