September

Lessons from Cockyboo the Clown

Opinion History repeats, said Marx, and the second time it’s comedy. The Bush administration is trying for a repeat of 1950s McCarthyism. I’m not laughing yet – maybe later.

The big picture about local politics

Opinion Eyes glaze over. The mention of local government produces a change in subject, a sudden urge to clean out cupboards or the desire to run to the nearest dentist.

New world order?

Opinion When India was asked to send troops to help beef up security in Iraq, it declined. The message was clear to the U.S. – “We are not going to budge without the world/UN’s consent.”

A new $87 billion tune to an old song

Opinion It’s a blast from the past, an old folk hit brought back, newly relevant. The Pete Seeger song, “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” – the one he sang on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that got them cancelled in 1968, is once again echoing in the conscience of our nation.

More on the socialist market economy

We print another reply to Prof. Erwin Marquit’s People Before Profits columns on the “socialist market economy,” published in the PWW earlier this summer. The discussion will continue in subsequent issues. Socialism and commodity exchange

Triumph of the media mill

Opinion Without a hint of intended irony, the “NewsHour” on PBS concluded its Sept. 9 program with a warm interview of Henry Kissinger and then a segment about a renowned propagandist for the Nazi war machine.

Vouchers and the hidden agenda

Opinion Republican leaders in Congress are once again trying to foist a voucher experiment on the District of Columbia, despite opposition from D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, school superintendent Paul Vance, a majority of city council members and city residents.

Guns vs. butter

Opinion President Bush’s announcement that he wants another $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan ignited a storm that is expected to rage in Congress for months. It signals the intersection of the war and the economy in a crisis that could determine the outcome of the 2004 elections.

A fox to guard the birds?

Opinion President Bush has nominated Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt to replace Christine Whitman as EPA director. Whitman, a “moderate” Republican, came into office having demonstrated a concern for the environment. She was often at odds with the White House over environmental policy, starting with Bush’s abrupt decision to unilaterally declare the Kyoto Protocol to prevent global warming “dead.”

NYC job crisis worst in nation

With hundreds of thousands of jobs lost between December 2000 and June 2003, New York City has been hit by recession worse than the rest of the United States, according to a new report published by the Fiscal Policy Institute.