Thought it would be worth posting a little about what’s going on and what I’ve been reading and researching. As I made clear in my last post, I’ve been reading The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions by Roger Keeran. Been moving pretty slowly thought it, having started it last fall. But while at […]

Came across a questionable footnote in The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions that says some stuff about the IWW. The section in the book is about the Briggs Motor strike in 1933, which was self-organized at first, but then heavily pushed by the Auto Workers Union of the CP’s TUUL. Here’s the quote: […]

Just a placeholder of sorts for books on the CPUSA I want to read eventually. American Communism and Soviet Russia by Theodore Draper (1960) Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35 by Randi Storch (2009) The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-1936 by Mark Solomon (1998) Earl Browder: The Failure of American […]

One limitation of mine I’m personally ashamed of is knowing only one language. That isn’t particularly unique for an American, but regardless, it’s annoying. In addition to the trouble communicating with half of my family, there is tons of material on individuals, organizations and struggles that have never been translated into English. Google Translate is […]

So I wrote a couple of things in September, breaking a nearly year long dry spell… Personal issues with ‘writer’s block’ – wrote this for my libcom.org blog about some of the real reasons I was having trouble writing. Contemporary IWW slang & lingo – a (humorous) glossary of some terms we use in the […]

Because of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008, there was a lot of protest mobilization in the Midwest during that time. The stuff I became involved with was mostly anarchist related. It was my entry into radical politics and the beginning of an anarchist grouping in Iowa City, which I’ve already written […]

This is from a Facebook Note written in October 2011 as Occupy was taking off. I thought it was interesting reading considering everything that happened after. Hey ya’ll, like a lot of you, I’m trying to process this #occupy stuff. I’ve talked to a fair number of people whose opinions I really respect, as well […]