| Dec 5, 2011
| 3:00 AM
In 2008, I wrote a book called "Liberal Fascism." That title came from H.G. Wells, one of the most important socialist writers in the English language. He believed, as did his fellow Fabian socialists, that Western democratic capitalism had outlived its...
| Oct 18, 2010
Robert Scheer is a journalist in the gadfly tradition of Lincoln Steffens, I. F. Stone and Seymour Hersh. His latest book, "The Great American Stickup," blames the "captains of finance" for causing the 2008 "meltdown" of the global economy in the first...
| May 12, 2011
| 2:27 PM
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a...
| Jun 26, 2011
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
John A. Farrell
Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50
For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
| Jan 25, 2009
Mary Austin and
the American West
Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson
University of California Press:
324 pp., $29.95
Few writers of her period overcame more obstacles than Mary Austin. Stuck in a disappointing marriage, Austin (1868-1934) spent the...
| Jan 25, 2009
California, the media like to tell us, faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The budget deficit is $40 billion and growing. The state is so short of cash that, within days, it may issue IOUs, rather than checks, to pay its bills. The Legislature, bitterly...
| Feb 8, 2009
The Story of Class Violence
Foreword by Jon Bekken
AK Press: 352 pp., $19.95 paper
Louis Adamic is the forgotten Boswell of early Los Angeles, perhaps the first writer to tune himself into the then-youthful city...
| Jun 15, 2008
Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent
Harvard University Press: 380 pp., $29.95
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and...
| Apr 5, 2008
By Eric Arnesen
By the dawn of the 20th Century, a recently retired John D. Rockefeller was one of the nation's richest and most powerful businessmen, having presided over the rise of corporate giant Standard Oil Co. At the same moment, Ida Tarbell...
| Jul 12, 2008
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and a dubious law to restrict liberties at home. Add to that scenario vast inequalities in wealth, high Immigration rates, scant regard for...
| Jan 22, 2008
If you're like me, you probably watch Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." If you're like me, you probably also turn to reruns of "Scrubs" or "Seinfeld" when the newsmaker interview comes on. If that's the case, you probably missed me and Jon Stewart...