The Progressive

A monthly magazine of progressive culture and politics. Articles include critical essays, current events, cultural reviews, and interviews with politicians and entertainers.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, January

A Flash of the Possible
In the year 1919, when the city of Seattle was brought to a halt by a general strike--beginning with 35,000 shipyard workers demanding a wage increase--the mayor reflected on its significance: "True there were no flashing guns, no bombs, no killings....
Blanche Wiesen Cook
"The best of the New Deal was because of Eleanor Roosevelt's activities. She always said, `Government exists for one purpose: to make things better for all people.'" When Blanche Wiesen Cook published her 1992 biography, Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume...
It's Greed to Me
On my annual pilgrimage to Carnegie Hall, I went to see the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. I watched Bernice Johnson Reagon rise and begin a brand new song, "Been Trying to Find a Way to Talk About [inaudible]." I couldn't make out the last...
LETTERS to the Editor
The Holocaust and Howard Zinn I was so grateful to read Howard Zinn's words ("Respecting the Holocaust," November issue). I once stood up at a meeting at a Reconstructionist synagogue and said I wished we could stop spending so much time and...
March to Madness
When it comes to sports, an absurd amount of money is floating around out there in search of glory. Media baron Rupert Murdoch was willing to spend $1 billion for the English soccer team Manchester United. He was thwarted and had to settle for the...
Master of Space
On November 1, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted to reaffirm the Outer Space Treaty--the fundamental international law that establishes that space should be reserved for peaceful uses. Almost 140 nations voted for the resolution entitled...
No Comment
Y2K Wake-up Call for Texas From a story in the El Paso Times: "Two billboards in EL Paso that read COULD TEXAS BE OCCUPIED BY UNITED NATIONS TROOPS? CALL 1-800-516-8736 are part of a statewide campaign by Newswatch Magazine, a self-proclaimed government-watchdog...
Now What?
Seattle Is Just a Start Before the mass rallies, before the trashing of chain stores, before the tear gas, rubber bullets, and arrests, local businesses in Seattle got an inkling that something was up. At the Gap, Starbucks, McDonald's, and other...
Scottish Peace Activists Prevail
Greenock, Scotland On October 20, 1999, anti-nuclear protesters scored a legal victory when three women who destroyed military equipment at a Scottish naval base were aquitted. The judge, Sheriff Margaret Gimblett, accepted the women's defense that...
The Case against the WTO
In Seattle, we witnessed an event of historic importance: the first coordinated mass revolt in the United States against global capitalism in the modern era. No less than that. Here was an event that united labor unionists, environmentalists, consumer...
The Democrats Bow to the Megabanks
Never underestimate the ability of Congress to repeat its mistakes. A decade ago, after it gambled and lost on deregulation, Congress was forced to launch a $500 billion taxpayer-financed bailout of the savings and loan industry. Congress has just...
Two Steps Backward for the Sierra Club
Conservative population control and anti-immigrant forces are once again threatening to take over the Sierra Club. A year and a half ago, this issue roiled the membership, which voted overwhelmingly to oppose harsh immigration and population policies...