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MARX: A HERO FOR OUR TIME? — Suddenly, everyone from the Wall Street Journal to Rolling Stone seems to be talking about Karl Marx. Louis Proyect delves into this mysterious resurgence, giving a vivid assessment of Marx’s relevance in the era of globalized capitalism. THE MEANING OF MANDELA: Longtime civil rights organizer Kevin Alexander Gray gives in intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela and the global struggle of racial justice. FALLOUT OVER FUKUSHIMA: Peter Lee investigates the scandalous exposure of sailors on board the USS Reagan to radioactive fallout from Fukushima. SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT: Kim Nicolini charts the rise of Matthew McConaughey. PLUS: Mike Whitney on the coming crash of the housing market. JoAnn Wypijewski on slavery, torture and revolt. Chris Floyd on the stupidity of US policy in Ukraine. Kristin Kolb on musicians and health care. And Jeffrey St. Clair on life and death on the mean streets of an America in decline
A Quick, Almost Limerick

For Stew

by RON JACOBS

The yippie who
the masses knew
but never got the fame
abbie, jerry, krassner too
the women unknown
the wanted few

a brother who
when the times were tough
used his street sense
and played it rough
smuggled weather around the land
insisted the panthers had a plan

it started on one new year’s eve
the plot to stop the war
richard daley and his centurions
they vowed to shut that door
revolution for the hell of it
came out of woodstock nation

emma goldman and her dancing
was one of the inspirations
lsd and reefer madness
could turn around the nation
the yippies in the afterworld
will add to their celebration.

RON JACOBS is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs’ essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch’s new collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. He can be reached at: rjacobs3625@charter.net