Against the Current, No. 85, March/April 2000
Women and Global Capitalism
— The Editors
Elections in the Southern Cone
— Francisco T. Sobrino
The Second Chechnya War
— Boris Kagarlitsky
From Yeltsin to Putin: Modern Democrat Gives Way to Modern Nationalist
— Hillel Ticktin and Susan Weissman
A Travesty of Justice: Why Peltier Remains in Prison
— Jack Breseé
Behind the Confederate Flag Controversy: The Unfinished Civil War
— Malik Miah
Grassroots Power, Women and Transformation: An Interview with George Friday
— Stephanie Luce
Privatization by Stealth: Canadian Health Care in Crisis
— Milton Fisk
The Rebel Girl: The State of Gay Marriage
— Catherine Sameh
Random Shots: New and Old Millenia
— R.F. Kampfer
- Reflecting on the Battle of Seattle
The WTO's Nude World Order
— Bill Resnick
The Clouds Clear: Labor, Seattle and Beyond
— Frank Borgers
- Honoring International Women's Day
Antiwar Activism and Emerging Feminism in the Late 1960s: The Times They Were A'Changing
— Barbara L. Tischler
Camera Lucida: Women on Film at Century's End
— Arlene Keizer
The Costs of McCarthyism
— Alan Wald
- More Reviews
A Classic Novel Revived: The Big Boxcar by Alfred Maund
— Jessica Kimball Printz
Political Persecution in Puerto Rico: Uncovering Secret Files
— César Ayala
Lessons of Life and Death from Henry Spira: By Any Compromise Necessary?
— Kim Hunter
- Letters to Against the Current
`Natural Laws' of Economy
— Eric Hammel
KAMPFER PREPARED FOR Y2K by stockpiling ammunition. He figured that would get him anything else he needed.
The siege of Grozny shows us that the Russian General Staff has forgotten the hard-won lessons of Stalingrad (not to mention Moscow in 1812, as Boris Kagarlitsky explains elsewhere in this issue).
Before the modern car-alarm, there was a device advertised in pulp magazines that would deliver a powerful electric shock to anyone who touched your ride.
I can imagine how my grandfather would have reacted to the idea of buying bottled water when you could get it out of the tap.
George Orwell, in 1945, wrote to deplore the fact that the number of daily newspapers published in London had been reduced to twelve.
The Passing Scene
WE USED TO assume that our parents looked unhappy most of the time because they were worried about something big, like war, Depression or their hoodlum children. Now we know that it was probably just that their feet hurt.
At some of George W. Bush’s campaign rallies they’ve been playing “Cat’s in the Cradle,” Harry Chapin’s song about a boy who grows up to be just like his father. If they’d paid attention to the lyrics, they might have noticed that the father was an insensitive jerk.
If we are going to defeat the World Trade Organization, we need to figure out whether it represents an attempt by the governments of the great powers to take over the world economy—or the multinationals’ effort to take over the world’s governments. (Maybe both?—ed.)
Chrysler has been buying stock in the Detroit casinos. They want to get their profit-sharing checks back.
The latest urban legend is that Kentucky Fried Chicken had to change its name to KFC because it is not serving chickens, but headless and featherless genetic mutants grown in vats.
In his 1953 story, “Enough Rope,” Poul Anderson describes a very familiar society: “Monopoly capitalism, partly controlled by the state and partly controlling the state.” He also shows us how such a state can be destroyed by pushing it in the direction it wants to go.
We can guess what Clinton wanted for Xmas, and we can be pretty sure that he didn’t get any.
The problem with having so many no-smoking zones is that you feel compelled to light up as soon as you leave one.
When Kampfer was in the Army, he saw people a lot older than Nathaniel Abraham behave recklessly with loaded firearms. None of them got charged with first-degree murder.
The Atlanta Braves’ John Rocker shows us that baseball players haven’t evolved much since the infamous Ty Cobb.
ATC 85, March-April 2000