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Book Review: Trinity

Fall 1978

Leon Uris’s new bestseller, Trinity, can be best described as a politically important potboiler. Trinity recounts the bitter struggle for Irish independence from 1885 to 1915. It is the first popular novel to dispel the myth that the Catholic/Protestant conflict is a Holy War; Uris categorically locates the source of Ireland’s misery in the unholy… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

Fall 1978

Somebody Out There Likes Us The labor article in the last issue was very timely and helpful to me in articulating and clarifying my position towards unions. It made a distinction between the role of the bureaucrats and the potential role of the unions as a mechanism for workers to fight for better wages and… Read more »

Clara Fraser: Bread, Roses, and Heresy

Winter 1978

Dateline: Lincoln, Nebraska. A small airport, its contours softened by snowfall and moonlight. The car skids on the exit road. My older son, Marc Krasnowsky, drives blithely through the icy slush; his friend Moira Ferguson hands me a leaflet. “We expect about 30 people,” she says excitedly, “but with this snow, it’s hard to tell.”… Read more »

Movie Review: Coming home

Winter 1978

Even Lassie would have gone elsewhere if “Coming Home” proved as empty as this movie. Shabby on politics, contemptuous of women, and superficial toward the disabled, the film drenches the audience with a nostalgic rush of ’60s music and administers an overdose of syrup-thick emotionalism — tawdry substitutes for historical accuracy. Coming Home reduces the… Read more »

Freedom Socialist – hHappy Hour Column

Spring 1979

The Art of Analogy “The act of deserting the home in order to shape society is like thoughtlessly removing crucial fingers from an imperiled dike to teach people how to swim.” — Elder Neal A. Maxwell at an April, 1978 Mormon conference. That’s thoughtless? Sounds good to this social swimmer. And if the home is… Read more »

Rebuttal to Freedom Socialist article

Spring 1979

In the fall issue Clara Fraser railed against some unnamed “patience mongers” and “mañana mouthers.” These “Marxist realists,” she wrote, “cooly inform” women and minorities “that they must wait until the revolution, throughout the revolution and long after the revolution before their oppression is significantly relieved” and that “the attainment of elementary civil rights is… Read more »

Clara Fraser: nuggets from the in-basket

Spring 1979

Prediction of the Week. Feisty Bella Abzug, who is wedded to the Democratic party but got bounced from the National Advisory Committee for Women by our M.C.P. president, told a Seattle reporter, “It’s true we were not at the Last Supper, but you can be damn sure we’re going to be at the next one.”… Read more »

Freedom Socialist movie review: McCarthy Era Nostalgia

Spring 1979

Gently the seeds float down, flowering into sweet, lovely blossoms. And the inhabitants of trendy San Francisco are replaced, one by one, by steely humanoids grown from the pods which developed from the alien seeds. A remake of a 1956, low-budget horror film, the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has more pretension… Read more »

Climbing – a poem by Ann Barada

Spring 1979

When you’re “weeny armed” and a woman, the linemen who risk their lives everyday on the poles fifty feet up, or more, who say they’ve done their share of the dirty work and fought their way to the top, – they’ll yell down “If you can’t hold the goddamn line you’d better look for another… Read more »

Gay Resistance: The Hidden History — Part III

Spring 1979

European Lesbians The story of the struggle for lesbian rights in Europe during the late 1800s and early 1900s is shrouded in virtual silence. The laws referred only to male homosexuals, so the effort to remove antigay laws from the criminal codes focused primarily on men. Nevertheless, lesbians were prominent and dedicated activists in the… Read more »