I'M SADDENED to announce the passing of a veteran of American radicalism. Martin Glaberman, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, was an auto worker, shop steward and union committee man for 20 years.
He was one of the greats of the generation of radicals who had come to politics through the US Trotskyist movement of the 1930s and 1940s. He was a comrade of the West Indian Marxist C L R James. They broke with the orthodox Trotskyist movement definitively in the early 1950s and maintained an unflagging faith in the revolutionary potential of the working class.
They denounced the bureaucratic societies of the Eastern Bloc as simply another form of capitalism. The black revolutionaries who founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement in the late 1960s had studied Marx with Marty. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Marx, was delightfully adverse to bullshit and had a wonderful sense of humour. He will be sorely missed.