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
“START THE DAY with a smile, and get it over with.” –W.C. Fields
The Supreme Court has ruled that John Hinkley has always been sane. Now if he’d wanted to shoot Jodie Foster and screw Ronald Reagan, then he would have been crazy.
One headline during the late (unlamented) campaign said “Dole Promises Better Climate.” Camelot is coming back.
Does the UAW think that there are two-tier prices when new hires or parts workers go shopping?
Spiro Agnew has finally become a Good Republican.
THE CHURCH SAYS “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son to redeem mankind.” Right. Like, He didn’t know He’d be getting him back in three days as good as new.
Ever notice how some Christians say the Church like CPers used to say the Party.
The most popular school prayer said to have been devised by Catholic high school girls: “Holy Mary, conceived without sin, help us now to sin without conceiving.”
Sunday school children used to be solemnly taught about the Two Bad Kings, Smo-King and Drin-King. Some smart alec would always bring up the third one.
Lessons of History
THERE ARE THREE things we can say for sure about the Middle East. First, the Palestinians aren’t going to go away. Second, the Israelis aren’t going to go away. Third, the Middle East isn’t going to get any bigger.
Rats are an ancient symbol of prosperity in Japan, since they can always find something to eat.
Scottish troops at the start of the Boer war wore their white sporans hanging in front of their kilts-making a convenient aiming point for Boer snipers and producing some very nasty wounds.
In some parts of medieval Europe, married couples were allowed to resolve their differences via trial by combat. The husband, armed with a club, stood in a waist-deep hole. The wife wore a shift with an extra-long sleeve that had a rock tied in the end, and could move around. Sounds like an improvement over lawyers.
NOW THAT LOIS and Clark have gotten married, she’d be well advised not to get pregnant. If that fetus starts kicking.
The Hungarian government has made Tony Curtis a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic, in recognition of his film career. And you thought the French were weird about Jerry Lewis.
Ever notice in the movies that somebody lights a candle and it illuminates the whole room? Or on the original Star Trek, the Enterprise would hit a space warp and everybody would go sprawling across the control room? You’d think they’d put in seat belts after a while.
How’d you like to have the Handi-Wipe franchise for the production of “101 Dalmatians”?
Q. How many postmodernists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Every one is different.
As part of the divorce settlement, Queen Elizabeth has stipulated that Diana’s official title will be The Tart Formerly Known as Princess.
The Republicans shouldn’t have antagonized the Soccer Moms, who tend to be very handy with their boots and elbows.
Best slogan of the ’96 campaign came from the Libertarians: “Save the Planet, Collect All Nine.”
ATC 66, January-February 1997