A native of Kansas, Fred Whitehead attended the University of Kansas, graduating with honors in 1965. After a year in England as a Fulbright scholar, he matriculated at Columbia University, earning the Ph.D. in 1972. He retired in 2000 from the administrative staff of the University of Kansas, at the rank of Associate Professor.
More recently he has produced and directed documentary films, including A Commemoration of John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry, and Slavery in Missouri.
While Eric Gordon's reflections on religion and socialism in an earlier installment of the People's World's Series on Socialism are perceptive and nuanced, I have to take issue with his bold assertion: "There will never be a socialist or a communist utopia." My late grandfather Carl Hertlein observed: "Eternity is a long time."
My late friend, the poet David Johnson, once remarked that the United States would be the last socialist society, and the first communist society. What evidence is there for his prophecy?
A friend recently stated that all of existence, including ethics, has a mathematical basis. Brought up short, in part, because my own mind is resistant to numbers except for the most basic arithmetic, I disputed the statement.
[T]he marked enthusiasm of aging Leftists, often amounting to prayerful gratitude that Someone Is Doing Something at Last, should prompt scrutiny instead of hosannas. One anonymous observer on the Right quipped that their chants amounted to: “What do we want? Nothing. When do we want it? Now.” Ouch.
Given the worst losses for the Democrats in Congress in the last 50 years, some serious re-thinking seems called for. What I’d like to propose as the centerpiece of such a campaign is a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing the Right to Employment. This is not merely an abstract Utopian idea. It is deeply rooted in the American experience.