Against the Current, No. 65, November/December 1996
The Gulf Slaughter Revisited
— The Editors
The Poisoned Fruits of Oslo (II)
— The Editors
For Iraqi Children, Death by Sanctions
— Stanley Heller
The Vulnerable Are 70% of the Population
— interview with Professor Peter Pellett
Jerusalem's Inevitable Explosion
— David Finkel
The Strike at McDonnell Douglas
— Peter Downs
HMOs, A Pox on Our Houses
— Pauline Furth, M.D.
Toward 21st Century Democracy
— an interview with Steven Hill
Proportional Representation: The Urgency of Real Reform
— Gerald Meyer
Can Repression Save Indonesia's Suharto?
— Dianne Feeley
— The Editors
Mexico: Insurrection and Disintegration
— Dan La Botz
Towards A Red Feminism
— Teresa Ebert
The Rebel Girl: The Transgendered Outlaw
— Catherine Sameh
Detroit Newspaper Strike Update
— The Editors
Random Shots: Notes from a Smoker's Diary
— R.F. Kampfer
- Viewpoints on the "Stand for Children"
Standing for Children, or Clinton?
— Susan Dorazio
Standing for All Our Children
— Sasha Roberts
Marxism and the Fate of the European Jews
— Peter Drucker
A Response to Cathy Crosson
— Anne E. Menasche
— Cathy Crosson
On the Trotskyist Opposition
— Paul Le Blanc
— John Marot
- In Memoriam
Michel Mill 1944-1996
— Patrick M. Quinn
In Memory of Constance Coiner
— Alan Wald
Friend, Scholar and Fighter
— James Petras
In Memory of Steve Zeluck
— Lew Friedman
Steve Zeluck: Revolutionary Marxist
— Charlie Post
STEVE VIEUX WAS a scholar, a committed intellectual and a loyal friend . . . a difficult combination to find these days. inside or outside of academia.
As a scholar he was capable of working at the macro and micro level, from theoretical critiques of Theda Skocol to close-up studies of the impact of neoliberalism on everyday life. The intellectual problems were derived from concerns derived from practical problems facing the working class. But Steve never let political commitments get in the way of a concern for rigorous analysis and thorough research of documents.
He would delight in uncovering obscure sources to illuminate crucial arguments. His theoretical and empirical work was based on a rigorous concern for historical detail to sustain lines of inquiry.
Steve was an imaginative scholar: looking for new ways to analyze old problems, addressing new questions and wrestling with new problems. But most of all Steve’s scholarly concerns always were about people, not just abstract ideas.
He produced an original study on Chile that made a significant theoretical contribution to the “transitions” debate. He is a co-author of our forthcoming book Neoliberalism and Class Conflict in Latin America, where he developed the idea of a neoliberal policy cycle.
The essays we wrote together were read by Marcos of the EZLN (Zapatistas), the landless rural workers of Brazil and the miners of Bolivia. Recently he was invited to speak to trade unions in Puerto Rico, where he was very well received.
He believed in writing what was politically relevant. Steve wrote critically against intellectuals who served established power (“Intellectuals in Uniform”) and was optimistic about the return of socialism (“The Rise, Demise and Return of Communism”).
Steve had little tolerance for academic fools and knaves–those small minds who engage in gossip. He never could understand the mean spirit of some academics who would say one thing and mean another.
Steve was a fighter. He was active as a student, factory worker in unions, anti-war and civil rights emonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s. He wrote in political as well as in academic journals. Even in pain he could get indignant over Clinton’s signing the anti-welfare bill.
Steve was a friend. We first met as student and professor, became colleagues and then developed a close friendship. Steve was a loyal and supportive person, someone I could always count on in need. He also had a sense of humor; academic pretentiousness and posturing was a subject of our private jokes.
We frequently walked in the nature preserve amidst quiet talks about politics and personal life. Steve would pull up the binoculars and show me a beaver, heron or chickadee in the early evening.
Steve grew up in Kansas, profoundly U.S. in the best sense, like Eugene Debs, with a sense of justice and fair play for the little guy. But he was also an internationalist, writing and defending popular struggles against U.S. imperialism.
Steve was also a great father and husband. He knew how to balance personal commitments with political-intellectual concerns. He would postpone writing deadlines to go for a nature walk with his wife or attend a basketball game in which his daughter was playing.
I will miss Steve because there are few people like him, here or elsewhere. The best memory we can retain of him is to follow his example of intellectual integrity, political solidarity and abiding friendship.
ATC 65, November-December 1995