Aging Political Activists: Personal Narratives from the Old Left

By David P. Shuldiner | Go to book overview

Chapter Five
When I Left the Party, I Left for a Number of Reasons

[Second interview with Joseph Dimow, conducted at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, on April 19, 1990.]

DAVID SHULDINER: I had mailed you a copy of the tape of our last conversation in which I had asked you general questions about your life activities as a worker and [more importantly] as a political activist. This discussion will be more [about] looking [at] what you said [in terms of] the character of that discussion, [and] what it revealed about your identity. Perhaps the best way to begin, since you've had a chance to listen to [the tape] is [to get] some of your feedback. You [said] just before we [turned] the tape on that you began by looking at it objectively, as though it was another individual. Why don't we look at that and then let the subjective part [enter] in as you examine your reasons, or your explanations, for why certain things were said in the way [that] they were said, or why things are noticeable by their absence. So, why don't you start with some of the comments you had.

JOSEPH DIMOW: The first comment of any significance here is [that] looking it as objectively as I could, it seemed to me that the person speaking said that--myself--I don't regret it being a shop worker. And I wondered if somebody might feel "but the tone of saying that means that you do." That has been tossed around in my mind. Is it something I regret or not? And I said in that interview that I didn't regret it from the point of view that I don't know if I would have

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