Lumping the Poor: What is the “Underclass”?  

They are recidivist criminals, juvenile muggers,heroin addicts, adult winos in stumbling bottle gangs, welfare-dependent mothers of teen-age welfare mothers, homeless ex-mental patients, prostitutes and their pimps. Marx would have counted them among the lumpen proletariat, a class of dropouts from …







A Crisis in Basic Steel  

The crisis in the American steel industry is not the one we read about. The steel corporations’ pleas for protection from foreign imports mask an effort to wrest lucrative tax and environmental concessions from Washington, and the Carter White House …



Why the Insurgents Lost in Steel  

Months, even years will pass before the dust settles over the issues raised by the Steelworkers’ 1977 International union election. Lloyd McBride, the candidate representing the union’s incumbent administration, clearly has won a convincing electoral victory by amassing some 58 …



Insurgency in the Steel Union  

“Freedom is a hard-won thing. You’ve got to work for it, fight for it, day and night for it, and every generation’s got to win it again.” The newest enactment of this political theme is unfolding in the United Steelworkers …