Letters to the Editors

  • Letter

    Pain and the Other

    Dear readers, In “Growing Pains,” the editorial from UTA 3, it is suggested that both those committed to the united front and those working from the standpoint of a pedagogy of confrontation share a concern with the question of responsibility to the Other. Further, “Growing Pains” argues tha…

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    Elegy and Reckoning

    Dear Editors, Both the “Growing Pains” editorial and AK Thompson’s review of Richard Day’s premature announcement of Gramsci’s demise ?(UTA 3) put into words what I have tried so hard not to say. Both pieces, in their separate ways, forced me to confront what I’ve been in denial about fo…

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    A Reply to Kersplebedeb

    Dear Readers, For the record, I did read Sakai’s Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat in full. I have also read the interview with Sakai put out by Karl Kersplebedeb. Both texts are readable and interesting, although no work can be complete. In the interview, however, I see Sakai speaking…

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    On the “Mythology of the White Proletariat”

    Dear Friends, I am honestly wondering if Tyler McCreary read J. Sakai’s Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat cover to cover! His review, published in your last issue, raises some interesting questions, but tackles Sakai’s argument in an almost bizarre “apples and oranges” fashion. Se…

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    Socialism from Below, A Response

    Dear Comrades, I would like to thank both Ray and Sebastian Lamb for responding to my article on the politics of socialism from below in the last issue of Upping the Anti. Ray in particular provides us with some helpful background and context to Draper’s life and times and describes how the questi…

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    Socialism From Below, A Defence

    Dear UTA, Although Tom Keefer says that his article “Marxism, Anarchism and the Genealogy of ‘Socialism from Below’” aims “to understand what the real issues are” in debates between and among Marxists and anarchists about “socialism from below” and/or “from above,” I don’t thin…

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    Socialism From Below

    Dear Comrades, Tom Keefer’s article in U.T.A. no. 2 on “socialism from below” was a pleasure to read. A number of unresolved questions for radicals are dealt with in a way that helps situate them for us. And Keefer is certainly correct that Hal Draper’s treatment of “socialism from below

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    Letter from David Gilbert

    Congratulations to the editorial crew for an excellent first issue of Upping the Anti, which I found relevant and stimulating. I especially liked the editorial which argued for theory in a very unpretentious, on point way. And from that perspective, you provided a valuable set of writings. The two r…

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    Again on the "Three Antis"

    The editorial of the first issue of your journal put much needed words to things I’ve long felt in not quite articulate ways. It helped clarify the roots of and to historically situate our current impasse, the challenges ahead, and what steps might be taken in addressing them. As one of the “rad…

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    On the Three "Antis"

    Comrades, I just finished reading your first issue of “Upping the Anti” I think you are right to take anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism and anti-oppression as the basis for a lot of radical thought in Canada (and the US) right now. As someone who has been involved with all three in recent years,...