Remembering Irving Howe  

What shall I, can I, say about a close friendship and collaboration that lasted well over fifty years, even if my fellow editors allow me some extra space? (I hear Irving’s voice in my ears, an injunction he ordered on …



Pages of History  

By rights, I ought to “recuse” myself from reviewing this book. As acknowledged in its introduction, I read an early draft of the manuscript several years before its publication, and offered such advice as I could. Though it isn’t common …



Jack Rader  

Our colleague Jack Rader died on September 24 at the age of 73. Beyond our association as editors of Dissent, there is the pain of losing a close personal friend with whom I shared good times and bad. How he …



Pestroika- A Dialogue  

We have been fortunate that Abraham Brumberg has been a frequent contributor to our pages. Our readers know him as an exceptionally well-informed and lucid analyst of Soviet affairs. In this volume he brings off an incredibly useful collection of …



About the Election  

For my sins, I turned the tv on in time to hear Pat Robertson at the Republican convention. His main accusation against Dukakis was that the Governor is a member of the ACLU—the godless American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU …



They Were in Exile—and Needed Help  

There have been millions upon millions of refugees. Most of them have received considerable media attention, even where concrete support (food, decent living conditions) was meager and inadequate. One group of refugees, perhaps because they “merely” numbered in the tens …



Vision & the Union  

Consider that District Council 37 had fewer than 1,000 members when Jerry Wurf took over its leadership in 1952, and that it ultimately embraced a multiethnic, multiracial mix of locals, from labor- ers (Local 924), to hospital employees (Local 420), …



Sclerosis of a Sect  

Information comes second-hand, and it varies as to details. Fifty or more members of the Trotskyist Socialist Workers’ party have been expelled, most of them old-timers. Apparently there were many differences, but what seems to have precipitated the expulsions is …



A Heroic Tale, Told Simply  

CODE. NAME “MARY”: MEMOIRS OF AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN TILE AUSTRIAN UNDERGROUND,by Muriel Gardiner. Foreword by Anna Freud. Illus- trated. New Haven: Yale University Press. xiii+ 179 pp. $14.95. … she belonged to neither the hunters nor the hunted, the …



Who Killed Carlo Tresca?  

It has been 40 years since Carlo Tresca was gunned down on the streets of New York, at 5th Avenue and 15th Street (January 11, 1943). Who killed him? Mussolini’s Fascists? The Stalinists? Mafioso hirelings working for either (Genovese hit …



El Salvador: Talk or Big Talk?  

Can they really be serious? There are simpletons enough in the Administration. But can they be so simple as to think they can impose a military solution in El Salvador—whether by sending Marines to the rescue or propping a decrepit …