I first encountered Michael in 1976 when he spoke at Wesleyan University. The audience was peppered with people like myself who wanted, more than anything else, not to be “social democrats.” Unable, or unwilling, to comprehend his politics, we badgered Michael with hostile questions.
Years passed before I understood how deeply radical Michael was, and by then I was working closely with him in DSA. By then, I understood not only how thoroughgoing a transformation of capitalism he always demanded, but also how his concept of the transformation evolved in response to a changing world. That energetic mind was never closed. I saw Michael incorporate feminism in an ever more substantial way, and, in the last few years, environmentalism. When he changed, he did...
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