Letters to the Editors

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    Catastrophe and Actualization

    Dear UTA , I was pleased to read your editorial, “The Moment of Danger: Catastrophe and Actualization,” in the last issue (UTA 7). “Crisis” under capitalism is certainly nothing new, as the editors point out. In this time of ecological and economic crisis, it is critical that anti-capitalist…

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    Defending the Three Way Fight Perspective

    Dear UTA, Rami El-Amine has done valuable work challenging Islamophobia and the widespread demonization of Islamic-based political movements. But his “Islam and the Left: A Reply to Staudenmaier” in Upping the Anti #5 is a deeply misleading piece of writing. Not only does El-Amine misrepresent M…

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    Comments on the Three Way Fight

    Dear Editors, Once again, Upping the Anti has done a great job of producing reflections and theory relevant to activism. Thanks for the exchange on the Three Way Fight debate. The two main anti-war coalitions in the US were hurt by their divergent, one-sided approaches on these difficult issues, and…

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    The United Front

    Dear Upping the Anti, You have produced a stimulating issue of the journal (UTA 3). The backgrounder on the Six Nations struggle at Caledonia was very useful and on a different level, so were the interviews with William Robinson and Aijaz Ahmad. I want to take issue with your editorial particularly…

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    Means and Ends

    Dear Upping the Anti, Reading “Making friends with Failure” (UTA 3), I found that AK Thompson’s account of the shortcomings that mark Richard Day’s celebration of contemporary “affinity” politics cut right to the heart of the matter. I would like to take this opportunity to respond to hi…

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    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…