Politics

Letter to the Left (1969, from the document collection Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women’s Liberation Movement)

In an unpublished letter to The Guardian, EW makes a parallel between Black Power and women’s liberation.

Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess (Village Voice, 1989)
EW grapples with the possibility of freedom amid the hangover of a feverish countercultural moment.

Hell, No, I Won’t Go: End the War on Drugs (The Village Voice, 1989)

EW calls out the calculated hysteria of the government’s crackdown on drugs.

Corporate Violence (New York Times, 1992)

EW writes a letter in which she bluntly asks: “Is corporate capitalism itself incompatible with a free society?”

Down With Compassion (New Yorker, 1996)

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We Need a Radical Left (The Nation, 1998)

Excerpt of Itellectual Work in the Culture of Austerity (Don’t Think, Smile, 1999)

EW’s scarily relevant essay on the question of how to be an intellectual within an economic system that’s utterly hostile to them.

The Breakfast Table: Smith and Willis (Slate.com, 1999)

EW and Russ Smith in a forum about the news of the day.

Vote for Ralph Nader! (Salon.com, 2000)

EW makes a convincing argument for why voting for radical leftists is important, even (especially) under the threat of conservatism.

From Democracy to Demagogy—reviewing Joan Didion (Women’s Review of Books, 2001)

The Democrats and Left Masochism (New Politics, 2001)

EW calls on the Democrats to wake up and take a position against the right.

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Low Expectations (Boston Review, 2001)

EW responds to an article on the state of black politics.

Dreaming of War (The Nation, 2001)

Post-9/11, EW speculates what effect the attacks may have on our national character.

Why Professors Turn to Organized Labor (The New York Times, 2001)

EW defends unions in academia.

Chock Full ‘O Nuts (The New Republic, 2003)

EW’s quippy letter to the magazine addressing the appeal of Howard Dean.

No Lunatic (First of the Month, 2004)

EW writes on the state of politics a month before the 2004 elections.

What Do We Do Now? (Salon.com, 2004)

EW and others get their bearings in the wake of the 2004 elections.

The Pernicious Concept of ‘Balance’ (fourth-to-last one down, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2005)

EW argues that, frankly, not all concepts are valid—namely, the fettering of intellectual freedom.

Ghosts, Fantasies, and Hope (Dissent, 2005)

EW’s thoughts on utopia.

Eli Zaretsky’s Secrets of the Soul (Dissent, 2005)

In which EW starts to analyze psychoanalysis’ role in politics.

Escape from Freedom: What’s the Matter with Tom Frank (and the lefties who love him)? (Situations, 2006)

EW argues that yes, the culture wars do matter, and why it’s dangerous to think otherwise.