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    :: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 ::

    Labor Educator as Labor Radical - book review by Paul Buhle, MONTHLY REVIEW
    Harry Kelber, My 70 Years in the Labor Movement
    This is a revised edition of an underappreciated 1996 self-published classic by one of the most remarkable figures in the last half-century of American labor.

    What makes Harry Kelber still tick, at 92, and a lot more than tick: to go on the offensive in newsletters and speeches against the absence of democracy in the upper ranks of the labor movement (AFL-CIO or Change to Win) and to proselytize for the need for global solidarity, innovative tactics, and, in general, a reawakening?  It can't be a desire for the cushy retirement and rounds of golf confidently anticipated by the Meany- and Kirkland-era labor chiefs, that's for sure.  We need to look back into another era, and Kelber's many young decades, now so long past, lend us the opportunity to do so for a character still very much on the scene now.
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