Painful Memories  

This timely book deals with events that seem to be receding into a distant past. But it was as recently as the sixties that Junius Irving Scales, once a leader of the Communist party (CP), served in Lewisburg penitentiary for …



Castro’s Cuba: Lost Illusions  

How times have changed. Many years ago Marx and Engels concluded their Manifesto with the defiant affirmation: “The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained. .. . ” But now, …



China: A Specter is Haunting Communism  

It’s almost as though an “iron law” operates in all the communist countries, varied though they are. They seem haunted by the specter of democracy, especially when they seek to reform their moribund economies. Their economic growth and individual well-being …



Labor Remains in Politics  

Whether or not the idea ever had any validity, no one could argue plausibly after November 6 that labor is the leader or vanguard of the people. But this much can be said: AFL–CIO members gave the Mondale–Ferraro ticket a …



Four More Years  

President Reagan won a smashing victory. Yet despite the magnitude of the Republican triumph the Democratic party was not reduced to smithereens, even though, in some places, only small pieces of it remain, especially in the South and the West. …



The American Blacks: A Passion for Politics  

Eddie N. Williams, president of the Joint Center for Political Studies, a “think tank” dealing with special concerns of black America, speaks of a “growing passion for politics never before witnessed in the black community on a national scale.” Black leaders …



A Coalition is Forming  

There’s a Newspeak definition of “special interests.” In Reaganite language, the 97 percent of the American people whose income is less than $50,000 a year are the “special interests.” They menace the administration of the country by Adam Smith’s invisible …



Chicago Changes the Agenda  

The agenda for the 1984 presidential election has changed suddenly and drastically. What happened was Chicago. Black participation in all aspects of American governance and the continuing problem of equal rights landed in the center of the American political scene. …





What Kind of a Country Will This Be?  

The oddest things cause consternation in the Reagan White House. For example, on April 30 the president was carried away by his subject matter and departed from prepared text. It was a public ceremony (for the victims of the Holocaust) …



A President Who Keeps His Promises  

Will President Reagan keep his promises? It depends on which ones you have in mind. Six days after the election an enthusiastic supporter of the victors, David Rockefeller, went to Argentina and exuberantly announced that at least one promise would …



Marx and the Jews: Another View  

The Image of Karl Marx towers so high above all other socialist thinkers that it has encouraged iconolatry. In no other area is this more prevalent than in considering the problem of Marx and the Jews. This is hardly conducive …