Against the Current 80

— The Editors
THE CARNAGE IN Kosovo and the United States/NATO air campaign—which, we will argue, is escalating toward either humiliating defeat or a full-scale ground war—pose one of the greatest challenges in a generation to the left's principles, political courage and moral backbone.  During most of our lifetimes, it's been unprecedented to confront such a situation of apparent total conflict between competing imperatives: between the need for immediate action to stop the crimes against...
— David Roediger
WITH THE END of the impeachment proceedings, it is surely time for the left to offer analyses of the crisis which press far beyond those on offer in the mainstream press, and which do considerably more than offer a hold-your-nose defense of the President's “privacy.” Here is one such attempt.
— Hayden Perry
LEONARD PELTIER, A Native American class-war prisoner, has served twenty-three years in federal prisons for a crime he did not commit—and authorities admit they do not know who did it.
— Stephanie Luce
ELISSA BRAUNSTEIN IS a graduate student in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has been a staff economist at Center for Popular Economics (CPE) for the past six years. CPE was founded in 1978 by five faculty and graduate students—Sam Bowles, Jim Crotty, Diane Flaherty, David Kotz, and Juliet Schor—to teach basic economics to activists. The collective has published several book, including A Field Guide to the U.S. Economy, Mink Coats Don't Trickle Down, and...
— Malik Miah
IF YOU READ only the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, or watched CNN, your view of the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia with its 210 million people, would be of Muslims (ninety percent of the population) and Christians killing each other, as well as pogroms against ethnic Chinese, Dayaks attacking migrants and the people of the "Spice Islands" engaging in communal violence.
— Conan Elphicke
JOSE RAMOS-HORTA DENIES he is a bitter man, claiming that he feels only disdain for the invaders of his country.  But too much has been inflicted on East Timor, too many of his friends and relatives killed, the diplomatic war he has waged has carried on too long for him not to feel an abiding resentment.
— Cindy Forster
THIS JANUARY, THE charge that the Maya human rights activist and Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú had lied about her past hit the U.S. reading public like a ton of bricks.  Anthropologist David Stoll published a book claiming to have unearthed not only Rigoberta's lies, but also the deceptions of the entire Latin American left from Zapata to Che and beyond.  The book, Rigoberta and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans, paints guerrillas as parasites and Rigoberta Menchú, who won...
— Paul Le Blanc
IN THESE COMMENTS on the spirit and mind of this great revolutionary thinker and activist, I think it makes sense to begin with a focus on her gender. It isn't clear that Rosa Luxemburg herself would be inclined to agree. She had, after all, refused to occupy a “safer”and marginalized position as a women's spokesperson in the socialist movement.
— R.F. Kampfer
THE ERISIAN LIBERATION Front (it's safer not to know) is running the Antichrist for president in 2000. Their motto: “Why settle for the lesser evil?”
— Catherine Sameh
ON JUNE June 27, 1996, a United Nations court indicted eight Bosnian Serb military and police officers for the rapes of Muslim women in the Bosnian war. According to a New York Times article on June 28, 1996, investigators of the European Union and Amnesty International “calculated that in 1992, 20,000 Muslim women and girls were raped by Serbs.”
— Loren Goldner
It is only in the markets of the world that money acquires to the full extent the character of the commodity whose bodily form is also the immediate social incarnation of human labor in the abstract. Its real mode of existence in this sphere adequately corresponds to its ideal concept. (Karl Marx, Capital, vol. 1, Part I, Chapter III, Section 3c)
(in 1987) . . . the U.S. was still a creditor nation. The returns it earned on its overseas investments helped to offset the impact of its trade...
— Peter Camejo
THE UNITED STATES is experiencing the greatest bull market in the stock market. From a low of 776 in August 1982 the Dow-Jones Industrial Average has risen to over 9,600. [This article was completed prior to the Dow's breaking the 10,000 barrier—ed.]
— Kim Moody
IN HIS GENERALLY positive review of my Workers in a Lean World (ATC 78, January-February 1999), Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval accuses me of "too many broad generalizations," of dismissing globalization as "nothing more than `globaloney'," and arguing that all labor needs to address internationalized production is "rank-and-file democracy."
— Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval
I ENJOYED READING Kim Moody's reply and hope that other folks get involved in this crucial debate.  My own viewpoint is that "globalization" has dramatically undermined the leverage and bargaining position of workers and labor unions in developed and developing nations.  [See note 1]
— Sheila Cohen
Working for Wages: The Roots of Insurgency by Martin Glaberman and Seymour Faber (Dix Hills, NY: General Hall, Inc., 1998)  $26.95 paperback.
OVER THE LAST few years I have been privileged to teach a number of basic economics courses to trade unionists-"privileged" because in every case the students' experience, their awareness and critical understanding of what goes on in their lives, has provided a rich fund of knowledge of which I have become in my turn a grateful student.
— Terry Murphy
The War of Gods: Religion and Politics in Latin America by Michael Lowy (Verso, 1996) 163 pages, $18 paperback.
IN THIS COMPARATIVELY short book, Michael Lowy offers an analysis of the history, theories and struggles of liberation theology in Latin America since the late 1950s.
— Sidney Gendin and Steve Bloom
Letter to the Editors
STEVE BLOOM SUCCEEDS in making a very persuasive case in the January-February issue of Against the Current that the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal was an outrage against justice.
— Edmund Kovacs