Letters from our readers

23 February 2013

On the New York City school bus strike

I’m 69 years old and have 20 years in the school bus industry. I plan to retire after June. I don’t know what I could do for a cause but I believe in the things you have written on the Internet.

My husband is 81 years old but is being treated for throat cancer now. I have had part of a lung removed due to cancer and I get treated at Sloan. For that reason, even though I wasn’t happy with the union’s decision to go back to work, I was glad to have my medical back.

As for a donation, if you could wait until I start getting paid again. We are not people with money and we were destroyed by Sandy. Thank you.

Winifred G
18 February 2013

On “Lessons of the New York City school bus strike

First they came for the bus drivers, but I was not a bus driver ...

18 February 2013

On “Thousands join protests to support victimised Maruti Suzuki workers

Nice article exposing the dualism of all the pseudo-left tendencies involved. These tendencies are, to be precise, thoroughly hostile towards the independent movement of the working class or masses against the existing system and bourgeoisie. “Bourgeois agents in the labour camp”, who shed crocodile tears for the oppressed sections of the working class, just to control the movement and make it blunt, so that it doesn’t challenge the morbid system.

19 February 2013

On “Not Fade Away: ‘Oh! Pleasant exercise of hope and joy’”

Thank you for this review. The commentary on the era itself is exceptionally helpful in making sense of so much of what I heard growing up as a child of a “child of the 1960s.” This part, especially, put into words something which has been niggling at me for years now:

“To the extent that the late 1960s and early 1970s are identified with various trends in popular music, and that many at the time thought the music of the day was a defining characteristic, points to the essential shallowness of the ‘revolutionary’ culture, politics and protest of that era.”

Coming of age in the 1980s, when so many of that generation were “joining the real world” (i.e., Wall Street) and abandoning any pretense of revolutionary idealism to pursue big money instead (and start making movies glorifying That Special Time Like No Other), it was always galling to hear some of them yammer on about how “we stopped a war,” or “my generation did something.” The implication being, of course, that every other generation was falling down on the job. Yes, certainly they did “something”—every generation does do “something”—but what is done matters tremendously, and the outlook promoted by those who revel in the “revolutionary” music while ignoring the political and social consequences of the movements to which they belonged or sang about is unhealthy at best. 

I do not mean to condemn an entire generation—there are politically healthy elements of every age—but the high-powered self-congratulatory navel gazing of so many of these sorts of films is tiresome, and this review is a welcome commentary.

Christie S
20 February 2013

On “Science, society and the Chelyabinsk meteor

This is another reason why I wake in the morning, brew some coffee and go straight to the WSWS web site.

Great job and I do my best to share it widely. Thank you so much for your effort.

Warren D
Tennessee, USA
18 February 2013