The failed German Revolution, in which he was a participant, marked the Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse for life.  But unlike some of his more pessimistic colleagues in the Frankfurt School, particularly after the rise of fascism, Marcuse did not give up on liberatory possibilities.  In the 1960s, Marcuse became one of the key philosophers of … Continued

Against the Grain

The New Right’s Origins in the Labor Battles of the 1930s

What are the origins of modern conservatism?  The failed Goldwater campaign?  Or the Cold War era discontent of midwestern small capitalists?  Historian Kathryn Olmstead argues that it should be located even earlier, in the intense and massive labor unrest that took place in the fields of California in the 1930s.  The response by growers and … Continued