Features from the Freedom Socialist
August 1986
At last an antidote is available for those who are weary of treatises preaching the irreconcilability of Marxism and feminism. After years of being bombarded with such dreary defeatism, it is a huge relief to read Gloria Martin's optimistic account...
August 1986
Something salient is missing from the reams of media exposes about Lyndon LaRouche, the ultra-reactionary demonologist, millionaire entrepreneur, and terrorizer of radicals, Jews, and now Democrats. The pundits are intrigued and puzzled by his...
Summer 1985
Women in the United States think of Mother Jones as one of their own, but the women of Ireland also claim her. She was born in 1839 in Cork, trained as a teacher, and later journeyed to Memphis, Tennessee. After her children and husband died of...
Summer 1985
The redoubtable Merle Woo descended on Seattle recently and took the town by storm. One of the people she impressed was my colleague Helen Gilbert, who wrote a glowing account of Merle's visit, to wit: "Merle is an Asian American socialist, lesbian...
Autumn 1984
In this era of rampant cutbacks in education, the fight by students, faculty, and staff to save Medgar Evers College (MEC) in Brooklyn, New York gives heart to the nationwide struggle to make education serve the needs of the community. Located in...
Autumn 1984
El Norte is a beautiful, stunning film that transcends national boundaries, cultural differences, and racial background as it follows two young Guatemalans, Rosa and Enrique, in their search for a life of freedom. The film movingly shows the...
Autumn 1984
What do you think of Geraldine Ferraro, they want to know. Are you pleased by her nomination? Do you think she’s competent? Do you like her? Will you vote for her? Yes; yes; probably not; and no, in that order. I was just as surprised as everybody...
Autumn 1984
The Famous Writers School once mailed me a free talent test. If I passed, a “Dear Future Hemingway” letter and a promising career would follow. The test seemed straightforward enough: one section, for instance, contained simple sentences which...
Winter 1983
What a trying time for your reporter! I've been dragging my notebook and feather boa allover Washington, D.C. trying to find out what's been happening with the cold war. But ever since President Reagan went hog-wild for covert activity, this town's...
Winter 1983
Exit 13: Oppression and Racism in Academia by Monte Piliawsky. Boston: South End Press, 1982. Paperback, $7.50. Make a right turn at Exit 13 off Interstate 59, and you enter the University of Southern Mississippi — a world of total academic...