Features from the Freedom Socialist
June 1988
The Milagro Beanfield War Robert Redford's latest directorial effort, which depicts a Chicano community's struggle against encroaching land developers, opens with the ghost of an old man dancing through the rural New Mexico landscape. A symbol of...
February 1988
For this he got the Nobel Prize? Sipping a glass of champagne in honor of his 1987 Nobel Economics Prize, Robert Solow reflected on the stock market crash: “I haven’t the vaguest idea what the stock market was reacting to. It was probably reacting...
February 1988
There is a serious war raging in the Black community. Some call it the battle of the sexes. I prefer to call it what it is: Black women’s war against Black male sexism, a reality as destructive, vicious and obstructive as racism in maintaining...
April 1987
She’s Gotta Have It is a film which purports to turn the tables on the sex role game through a look at the life of a woman juggling relationships with three men. Independent filmmaker Spike Lee wrote, directed, edited, and starred in this movie,...
April 1987
“What are you going to do when you retire?” they asked me. “More of the same? Will you travel?” Yes and yes, I said. First I’d recuperate from the years of forced association with City of Seattle management and lawyers. This I would accomplish by...
April 1987
Too many otherwise fiery rebels from my generation of the ’60s still keep alive the old fantasy that voting for the lesser of two evils — for liberal Democrats instead of conservative Republicans — is a smart move. Paying lip service to political...
September 1986
Years ago, when I was hired for my first fulltime job, the personnel director showed me the library's "benefits package." With a straight face, he explained that while my salary might seem low ($1.05 per hour), my wages included sick leave pay,...
September 1986
I first heard about the U.S. English movement in Bay Area Latino and Asian community newspapers. Activists and politicians quoted in these papers denounced it. I didn't take it seriously, thinking that any movement to legislate English as the...
September 1986
The U.S. Socialist Workers Party has just published a purported expose of the makeup industry. Authored by the late SWP leader Joseph Hansen and the late SWP anthropologist Evelyn Reed, with an introduction by SWP editor and spokesperson Mary-Alice...
August 1986
Countless people, actors and non-actors, dream of being in a Hollywood movie. But for an actor, there's more than the thrill of seeing yourself up there on the silver screen. To be cast in a major production is a prestigious acknowledgment of your...