Europe Between the Superpowers  

For some time now, the new world order that emerged after World War II has been profoundly shaken. America no longer is the unchallenged Number One. Yet that conviction seems to die hard in this country—just as the trend of …



Supply-Side Economics: Panacea or Handout for the Rich?  

Beset by inflation and rising taxes, people look for simplistic formulas—”Proposition 13,” the Kemp-Roth 30-percent income-tax cut. Another such “magic” formula has been successfully peddled by business economists and quickly picked up by the media: supply-side economics (SSE). This cruel …



The Prague Spring  

NIGHTFROST IN PRAGUE: THE END OF HUMANE SOCIALISM, by Zdenek Mlynar. New York: Karz. 300 pp. $16.95. The Prague Spring of 1968 remains one of the traumatic experiences of the left. It revealed both the tensions at work beneath the …



East German Writers: Walking a Tightrope  

Not much East German writing has reached this country in the 30 years of that state’s existence. The publication in 1977 of a slim volume of sensitive observations by the hitherto unknown Reiner Kunze, The Wonderful Years (New York: George …



Germany: Democracy in Trouble  

Coping with Terrorism The recapture of the hijacked plane at Mogadishu, the death of three leading terrorists in Stammheim prison, and the murder of kidnapped industrialist Schleyer may, for a while, have put an end to the wave of terrorism …



Germany: The SPD in Trouble  

Less than five years after Willy Brandt’s triumphant reelection in 1972, the German Social Democratic party (SPD) finds itself in deep trouble. Under Brandt’s leadership, West Germany, the only major country on the continent without a significant Communist party, had …



Softened Voices in the Black Theater  

During the late 1960s and early ’70s the black theater in America showed a certain vigor and eloquence. A new radical consciousness was struggling for expression, and though many of these youthful voices were stronger in intent than content, some …



All Over the Globe  

Global Reach: The Power of the Multinational Corporations, by Richard J. Barnet and Ronald E. Muller. New York: Simon and Schuster. 508 pp. $11.95. Large industrial corporations with heavy investments abroad are nothing new. But they used to be concentrated …



Road to Vietnam  

Roots of War, by Richard J. Barnet. New York: Atheneum. 350 pp. In his latest book, Richard Barnet, codirector of the Institute for Policy Studies, continues his examination of U.S. foreign policy, specifically “the roots of a generation of war” …



The New Black Theater  

At a time when the American theater has been suffering from aesthetic sclerosis, the new black theater has shown considerable signs of vitality—so far, it is probably the most promising segment of the much-advertised black cultural renaissance. New playwrights, new …



“Cinemarxism” – The Joke Falls Flat  

TWO RECENT FILMS illustrate the problem of art and politics under sharply differing social circumstances. The Joke is a Czech film made in 1968 by Jaromil Jires who, in contrast to some of his colleagues, so far has elected to …