The Seattle strike of February 1919 lasted for five days and was the first city-wide general strike anywhere in the USA. Harvey O’Connor’s gripping account demolishes the myth that socialism, revolutionary or otherwise, was never and could not be natural to American society.
The crisis that burst upon the world in 2007 undermined neo-liberal ideology and created a new audience for socialist ideas. Dominic Alexander looks at three books that attempt to address the new possibilities for socialists.
The Lacuna is an intelligent and engaging piece of historical fiction, and deserves all the praise it has got from the mainstream. But scarcely acknowledged is how far Kingsolver goes in her critique of the hypocrisy of western political culture and her corresponding sympathy for revolutionaries.