Against the Current, No. 63, July/August 1996
Israel's Poisoned Fruits of Oslo
— The Editors
Founding the Labor Party
— Dan La Botz
Detroit Newspaper Unions' Year of War
— interview with Rebecca Cook
The Yale Grad Student Strike
— an interview with Cynthia Young
A New Campus Union at University of California
— Claudia Horning interviews Margy Wilkinson
The "Team Bill," A Poison Bill
— Ellis Boal
Class and the African-American Leadership Crisis
— Malik Miah
South African Labor Marching Again
— Mathew Ginsburg
More on "Imperialism Today"
— Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
The Comintern, CPUSA & Activities of Rank-and-File CPers
— Charlie Post
The Popular Front: Rethinking CPUSA History
— Charlie Post
Queer Vows, Pros and Cons
— Catherine Sameh
Radical Rhythms: "Global Divas"
— Kim Hunter
Letter to the Editors
— Paul LeBlanc
Random Shots: Wages and Other Minima
— R.F. Kampfer
Pornography and the Sex Censor
— Cathy Crosson
Reading Red Women Writers
— Renny Christopher
The Uses of Dmitri Volkogonov
— Samuel Farber
Trotsky Assassinated Again
— Susan Weissman
CLINTON AND DOLE have compromised by agreeing to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour, to be paid in monopoly money.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage — some of whom want to abolish it altogether — argue that the fast-food joints won’t be able to hire as many burger-flippers. They overlook the fact that workers with bigger paychecks buy more hamburgers.
THAT SUPREME COURT case barely a decade ago, which upheld Georgia’s anti-sodomy law — now cited as an argument against the legalization of gay marriage — involved, if memory serves, a hetero couple and a married one at that.
Back in the days of legal segregation, separate-but-equal was never equal.
Republicans are trying to revive the anti-missile missile. Yet experience has shown that the country is most vulnerable to the bomb-rigged Ryder rental truck. We need Star Nails, not Star Wars.
Kampfer’s Kiddie Korner
REAL FAMILY PLANNING would be scheduling the babies to arrive during the summer, so those messy birthday parties can be held outdoors.
How is that you find pre-pubescent soccer tams voluntarily running around in weather conditions that would cause the average chain gang to balk?
Madonna has picked a name for her latest project. Baby Jesus, of course. We are making this up.
HONEST(?) JOHNS CELEBRATED Easter this year by holding a bunny barbecue. Bring the kids.
Did you know that in some states, rabbit has to be sold with feet on? That’s so you know you’re not getting cat.
Class War Bulletins
DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS HAVE been drawn from recent defeats suffered by the labor movement. For the bureaucrats it’s “don’t strike.” For the workers it’s “don’t lose.”
The protagonist’s dilemma in Ken Loach’s magnificent film on the Spanish Civil War, “Land and Liberty,” reminds some of us in the auto plants of having had more trouble with the union leadership than with the company.
Drips and Dregs
THOSE DRIPPY PITA sandwiches must be selling so cheaply because the chain is subsidized by the local dry-cleaners.
One advantage of those camouflage uniforms is that it’s harder for officers to spot dirt during inspections. Military uniforms were traditionally designed to be maintenance-intensive, on the theory that scrubbing and polishing would keep troops busy and out of trouble.
ATC 63, July-August 1996