Solidarity, Whatever  

WHAT WAS THIS? I’d been invited to some Washington think tank for a May Day symposium on socialism, which also seemed to be a reunion of the old Shachtman-Meany-Kirkland Social Democrats USA. What strange error had led the planners to …





Nap Time in America  

It’s nap time in America. As I write, in the summer of our content, the nation seems blissfully oblivious of the presidential campaign, and the candidates themselves are doing little to rouse it from its rest. In the case of …



Rolling the Union On  

Twice since John Sweeney became president of the AFL-CIO, the federation has held national conventions, and on each occasion Sweeney’s keynote address has been preceded by the same distinctive introduction. In 1997 in Pittsburgh, and again in 1999 in Los …





The One Left Standing  

One Hundred Years of Socialism: The West European Left In the Twentieth Century by Donald Sassoon The New Press, 1997 965 pp $39.95 cloth, $22 paper The literature on communism, the Russian Revolution, and the Soviet Union fills libraries. It …



Whose Agenda, What Agenda?  

The revolution is over. While November’s election may have been a knock in the head to the Republican Party generally, it was a dagger through the heart of the Republican right. As moderate GOP governors swept to victory all across …





Actors on an Empty Stage  

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America by Richard Rorty Harvard University Press, 1998 159 pp $18.95M On behalf of countless readers whose reaction to most left academic writing over the past two decades has increasingly been not so …



Labor’s Roller-Coaster Ride  

Two years into the Sweeney era, the American labor movement seems to have found its own rather rocky rhythm: victory, disaster, victory, disaster. In late summer, the stunning success of the Teamsters strike at United Parcel Service was followed by …