Posts in: anti-war

Socialist military policy – Who shall control the guns?

Fall 1981

Millions of U.S. youth face a new draft. The slogan of the hour is “Stop the draft!” Is this enough? Imperialist war is abhorrent and counterrevolutionary. It is also intrinsic to capitalism. And if militarism is to be successfully challenged, the Left must address the roots of war, and the critical issue of the class… Read more »

Europe on the march: Which way for the peace movement?

Spring 1982

A tidal wave of human indignation swept Western Europe at the close of 1981. Three million protesters jammed the streets of London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Athens, Brussels, Rome, Paris, Bonn, Oslo, and other cities, demanding a halt to NATO’s plans to set up Europe as a nuclear battlefield. The series of massive demonstrations in October and… Read more »

The profits and politics of war

Spring 1982

Two hundred and eight billion dollars is a staggering sum. But not to the U.S. Senate. Last December, the august senators handed over precisely that amount to the Pentagon when an overwhelming, bipartisan vote approved the race of U.S. capital to make the world “safe” for imperialist aggression. This Christmas present to the warmakers is… Read more »

The Malvinas: comic opera or prelude to World War III?

Summer 1982

Frantically waving the Union Jack, imperialism has just completed a fierce and deadly war over a barren archipelago in the South Atlantic. From the time Argentina reclaimed the Malvinas (Falkland Islands) from British colonialism on April 2 until its defeat on June 15, the English carried on like something out of Gilbert and Sullivan —… Read more »

The trail of tears in Nicaragua

Summer 1982

As revolutionary torrents sweep through Central and South America, the battles of indigenous Indian nations there take on a ringing immediacy. And the growing debate over the Sandinista government’s controversial treatment of the Miskitu tribe in Nicaragua brings this sensitive issue to a head. The Miskitus, the largest tribe in Nicaragua, insist that the Sandinistas… Read more »

Draft prosecutions: Government railroad falls off the track

Spring 1983

The government’s draft registration program was dealt a stunning blow in November by gutsy U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter of Los Angeles. Judge Hatter ruled that the government had illegally implemented draft registration and violated the First Amendment rights of draft resisters by prosecuting only outspoken non-registrants. Wayte wins! In a September pre-trial hearing… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion: Malice Aforethought

Summer 1983

From coast to coast, from border to border, in every cafe, gas station, tavern, and spare corner of retail America, a phenomenal variety of video games can be found winking, beeping, and guzzling the attention and loose change of the populace. Most of these games are excruciatingly simple; get them before they get you. “Them”… Read more »

Camelot, Shamalot

Winter 1983

SOMETIMES, AS I READ THE PRESS and watch TV, I get the feeling that I don’t live in the same United States as the one being described. I certainly don’t live in the same country depicted in the endless sagas of Kennedyiana that inundated us in November, on the 20th anniversary of his assassination. The… Read more »

U.S. storms Grenada

Winter 1983

Independent Grenada became a U.S. colony in the early morning hours of October 25, when 2,000 Marines and Army Rangers invaded and seized the island. Within a week the occupying force had reached close to 6,000, one for every 20 Grenadian citizens. Sixty-nine Cubans and an unknown number of Grenadians were killed defending the island…. Read more »