Eli Zaretsky’s Secrets of the Soul  

Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis by Eli Zaretsky Knopf, 2004 429 pp $30 That psychoanalysis has lost its once formidable authority is clear; the question remains whether its insights have been surpassed or merely …





Ellen Willis Responds  

I oppose the Bush administration’s drive to war on Iraq, though not without continuing internal argument. Should Saddam Hussein fail to comply with the Security Council’s resolution, I would have to rethink my position. In the event of a popular …





Ellen Willis Responds  

I voted for Ralph Nader for several intertwined reasons. At a time when both major parties and the culture’s conventional wisdom uncritically embrace corporate power and free-market ideology, I felt it was important to support a nationally visible challenge to …



Buy American  

My Love Affair With America: The Cautionary Tale of a Cheerful Conservative by Norman Podhoretz Free Press, 2000 248pp $25 In a recent issue of Commentary, Norman Podhoretz pronounces American Pastoral Philip Roth’s best novel, while confessing his uncertainty that …



Response to Marshall Berman  

When Marshall Berman laments the decline of critical culture in America, he omits the implied and crucial qualifier: democratic. For there is no shortage of critical culture on the right, where free-market radicals inveigh against the remnants of state power …



The Last Page  

No social movement can thrive without the energy of the emerging generation, and from this perspective the Columbine High School shooting was awful in more than the obvious way. Amid the anguish, indignation, hysteria, and political posturing that followed the …





Their Libertarianism–And Ours  

Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz Free Press, 1997. 314 pp. $23.00. What It Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Libertarianism by Charles Murray Broadway Books, 1997. 178 pp. $20.00. Those of us who call ourselves left libertarians feel …



Notes on Cam P.  

1. She’s loud! She’s angry! She’s on a speed trip! She’s an egomaniac! She wears red lipstick! She interrupts! She’s a dirty fighter! She calls names! She’s on her twenty-first minute of fame! She defends Woody Allen! She loves her …



Feminism Without Freedom  

Feminism Without Illusions by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. University of North Carolina Press, 1991. 348 pp. $24.95. During the earliest skirmishes between the women’s liberation movement and its New Left progenitors, one of the charges that flew our way, along with “man-hater” …