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.Reshaping the U.S. Le
- Popular Struggles in ti
/olume Three of The Year
8d. by Mike Davis and Michael
If you listen to the Reaganauts
long enough, it becomes easy to
believe that the '80s have brought us
:inot only the "peace and prosperity".
: ,eagan claims they have, but also a
political climate in which few
Americans would disagree with such
'an assessment. As the third volume
'of The Year Left makes clear,
however, "perhaps the best-kept me-
tija secret of the 'decade of the right
trn' is "that the popular left in
North America has undergone a
The Year Left publishing pro-
.ject, begun three years ago, an-
nually brings together essays from a
variety of leftist perspectives in an
attempt to analyze and debate the
prospects for socialist activism in
"'he Americas. Billed as "socialist
Yearbooks," its snapshots have
offered stirring confirmation of the
revitalization of the left while foster-
'ing an atmosphere in which dis-
- Agreernents about the shape and
'direction of its future can be aired.
The third volume is no exception.
Concentrating on the U.S. and
Canadian peace and labor move-
ments, its 12 essays raise a number
of complicated issues: to what extent
should the left try and reach the
public on its own terms, and how
might it, conversely, challenge pop-
ular ideology without alienating the
people it is trying to attract? How
does one balance an effective organ-
ization with claims of personal
commitment and radical democracy?
How can the voices of people of
color be heard in peace movements
that are predominantly white and
middle class or in labor unions that
are historically sexist and racist?
Van Gosse's essay on the Central
American solidarity movement in
North America and Michael Kazin's
piece on the political language of the
U.S. Labor Movement both argue
that the left needs to be more
sensitive about approaching the
public on its own terms. If most
U.S. citizens disagree with Reagan's
Central Americas fiasco because they
are anti-interventionists, then organ-
izations like CISPES or, here in
Ann. Arbor, LASC, have no
business pushing people to adopt a
position of solidarity with the
peoples of Nicaragua and El
Salvador. And, writes Kazin, if most
United States citizens do not think
in terms of "class," then labor had
damn better phrase its arguments in
a language those citizens will
understand by appealing to their
populist and pro-American instincts.
What such a narrow utilitarian
view fails to account for, however,
are the ways in which such com-
promises affect ends as well as
means. A strictly anti-interven-
tionist strategy makes it difficult to
raise money for the El Salvador
guerrillas or to counter Reagan's
Sandinista bashing. Populistic and
patriotic rhetoric, as Kazin himself
is forced to admit, encourages racist
jingoism. Phrases like "the people"
deny the importance of class,
perpetrating the illusion that all
Americans are middle-class.
Most seriously, this strategy
squashes the possibilities of ima-
gining alternatives and pushing for
change. As John Trinkl notes in his
essay "Struggles for Disarmament in
the USA," such pragmatism would
have made it impossible for the civil
rights movement to imagine it could
challenge Jim Crow Laws and
impossible for the mere handful of
anti-war protesters in the early '60s
to believe that the huge marches of
the late '60s would ever happen.
Trinkl's comments on the dangers
of bureaucratization in SANE/Freeze
reappear as criticisms of "business
unionism" in nearly every essay on
labor in the collection. All reveal
union leaderships turning on their
own people for refusing to accept the
concessionary contracts and "team
concept" strategies - both of which
have become hallmarks of mana-
gerial doublespeak in the '80s.
Depressing as this is, the articles in
question offer an aspiring glimpse at
what democratic rank-and-file un-
ionism could become.
The issue of race brings into
focus one of the central challenges
for both the peace movement and the
future of U.S. labor: the need to
shape their priorities in ways that
address the concerns and encourage
the participation and leadership of
people of color. There will be no
mass socialist movement in this
country unless these challenges are
met, a point well made by the two
best pieces in the volume, Margaret
Fitzsimmons' and Robert Gottlieb's
essay "A New Environmental
Politics" and David Roediger's cri-
tique "Labor in White Skin': Race
and Working-class History."
Fitzsimmons and Gottlieb pro-
pose an environmental politics that
challenges the quality of urban life,
linking its deplorable condition to
industry's ruthless exploitation of
natural resources and of people, es-
pecially minorities. Roediger makes
an impassioned plea that the labor
movement learn to see anti-ra-cism
as integral to worker eman-cipation
instead of continually fore-grounding
Together, these two essays sum
up what is best in The Year Left
project: in their willingness to
challenge rather than passively
accept both popular opinion and
traditional leftist categories, they
bring together movements built
around issues which, like the peace
and labor movements, seem to have
little in common. Most importantly,
their imaginative suggestions for
how women and people of color
might lead the left of the '90s
provides hope that The Year Left 3
might one day be remembered as a
significant precursor of the future
rather than as yet another antiquarian
curiosity from the past.
- Mike Fischer
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