Against the Current, No. 66, January/February 1997
The Center-Center Coalition
— The Editors
The Civic Movement in South Africa: Popular Politics, Then and Now
— Mzwanele Mayekiso
Serbia's Democratic Uprising
— Suzi Weissman interviews Borka Pavicevic
The U.S. and Canadian Auto Contracts
— Caroline Lund
The '96 Nicaraguan Elections: How Aleman "Won"
— Dianne Feeley
Mexico's Deepening Crisis (Part 2)
— Dan La Botz
Introduction to Queer Internationalism
— The Editors
On Queer Internationalism
— Rafael Bernabe
Radical Rhythms: Hip Hop, Jazz and the Future
— Kim Hunter
A Tribute to Mario Savio and the FSM
— Mike Parker
The Rebel Girl: Hoops Without Rodman, Anyone?
— Catherine Sameh
Random Shots: The Life of the Party
— R.F. Kampfer
Letter to the Editors
— Martin Glaberman
- Resistance, Culture and African-American Survival
Pittsburgh's Police Brutality and Hot Autumn
— an interview with Dr. Claire Cohen
Robert F. Williams, Modern Abolitionist
— Charles Simmons
Time for A Strategic Agenda
— Anthony Thigpen
Jazz--Its Meaning, Its Future
— Melba Joyce Boyd and Donald Walden
The Writings of David Roediger
— Roger Horowitz
Mzwanele Mayekiso's Township Politics
— Julie Klinker
Socialist Reformism and "Evolutionary" Debate
— Michael Löwy
Stanley Crouch, Neocon or Ellisonian?
— Greg Robinson
JANE SLAUGHTER LETS Nelson Lichtenstein get away with fakery in her review (ATC 64, September-October 1996) of his biography of Walter Reuther. The title of his book is The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit, a phrase that Slaughter credits to an auto executive.
That quote is from George Romney, not when he was an auto executive (American Motors) exploiting auto workers, but when he was head of the Automobile Manufacturers Association–when his job was to exploit the public in the propaganda wars against the UAW.
The view of auto executives was more accurately expressed when Reuther died by Chrysler Corp. vice chairman Virgil Boyd: “It’s taken a strong man to keep the situation under control. I hope hat whoever his successor may be can exercise equal internal discipline.”
Boyd’s statement seems to indicate Reuther was as much a danger to the UAW rank and file as he was to the industry executives. The misuse of that quotation is typical of Lichtenstein’s book.
ATC 66, January-February 1997