Diary of a Heartland Radical

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A collection of essays and personal reflections on socialist politics and culture in the United States from the 1950s to today. Harry Targ is a widely known and popular professor of political science and peace studies at Purdue University in Indiana.
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  • By Carl Davidson
    Sep 29, 2012
    Posted by Carl Davidson Review By Matt Meyer War Resisters League Peace studies political scientist Harry Targ has been an institution at Purdue University in Indiana for more than four decades. His books and essays have long been essential reading for many movement insiders, and Diary of a Heartland Radical happily collects many short reflections on life as a rural-based revolutionary. Less a diary than an assembly of blog posts since 2008, Targ’s book covers some of the fundamental lessons of his years in the struggle, connecting them to the urgent tasks that still need our committed work. Also focused on the contours of race, class, empire, and resistance, Targ is at his best when he combines his “scientific” thinking with a stridently anti-militarist approach and a good eye for socio-cultural commentary. His point is well taken, as he reviews the early days of the Obama administration, that the Department of Defense (as in the 1960s) has a “blank check,” with academic researchers... More > (now more than ever) providing the data and theories that lead and/or justify disastrous foreign and military policy. Targ explores new techniques of “humanitarian” imperialism as seen in the truly global, increasingly privatized, and largely antiseptic (weapons delivery through button pushing) nature of 21st Century empire building. Targ is also deeply concerned about the strategies and tactics of resistance, evidenced in a wonderful piece on the political economy of the bagel (that Jewish projectile of working-class origins), and most significantly in a longer essay on the anti-racist, class struggle history of the United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA), another part of U.S. left history nearly lost. Commenting on his own involvement in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), Targ understands that our task is to build as broad a network of progressives as possible—and his book takes us some meaningful steps in the right direction.< Less
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