Content of The Utopian Vol. 3 - 2002

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  • Enemies of The Roman Order

    Nov 4, 2002

    One day decades ago, during the Vietnam War, I saw a reference to a book called Enemies of the Roman Order: Treason, Unrest, and Alienation in the Empire.


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  • Why We Joined NEFAC

    Nov 4, 2002

    We are two members of the collective which publishes The Utopian.


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  • Bruce Augustyniak (Bruce Kala)

    Nov 4, 2002

    Bruce Augustyniak, also known as Bruce Kala, died in Chicago on September 6, 2002. Bruce was a longtime socialist and anarchist who was trained as a scientist and gave up what presumably would have been a lucrative career to be a revolutionary.


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  • My Life as a Dog, I Mean a Teacher

    Nov 4, 2002

    It was the end of the school year for D Track and I was about to go off-track (meaning “go on vacation,” for those working in year-round, multi-track schools).My students’ last day was a Friday in mid-May.Monday was a “pupil-free” day (a day teachers are required to report for work even though their kids are not present). D Track teachers were supposed to work in our rooms, but since another class had moved into mine, I wasn’t able to.


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  • Socialism from Above or Below

    Nov 4, 2002

    The quotation at the right is from the beginning of “The Two Souls of Socialism,” by Hal Draper (1992), published as a pamphlet in 1966. Draper’s editor notes, “Its political impact on a generation of socialists in the United States and Great Britain has been considerable.” (Haberkern, 1992, p. xvii) It influenced that wing of Trotskyism which rejected Trotsky’s belief that the Soviet Union under Stalin (and after) was some sort of “workers’ state.” Instead, these semi-Trotskyists held (correctly) that the U.S.S.R. had developed a bureaucratic ruling class which collectively exploited the workers.


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  • Spore-Public Policy is Class Policy

    Nov 4, 2002

    It is a common vision in the U.S. that the government is a neutral entity, standing outside and above the myriad contending forces in society.


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  • Reaching Out to a Challenging Community Update

    Nov 4, 2002

    How do you organize a grassroots community meeting? Easy, right? Make a few phone calls, send out some notices, pass out some flyers.


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