Responses to Star Tribune story on The
New New Left
Published Sunday, May 28, 2000
Sunday letters from readers
The New New Left
Bob von Sternberg's recent attempt to
describe the New Left was not worth the
cost of the newsprint (Star Tribune, May
21). He decided to highlight the fringes
of this movement, people who rationalize
destruction of property or oppose all
hierarchy and structure. I could similarly
interview Charlton Heston and Jerry
Falwell and declare them representatives
of the Republican Party, but no editor
worth her salt would mistake that kind of
distortion for journalism.
The organizing that motivated the Seattle
and Washington protests are part of growing
American sentiment against the inequality
produced by our economic prosperity. People
finally step outside their shell to retake
their seat at the table of democracy, and
the best the press can offer is "anarchists."
I am sincerely disappointed.
-- John Farrell, Northfield, Minn.
I want to compliment you on the article of
May 21 by Bob von Sternberg on the ''New
New Left." The term anarchy has been tossed
around so much since Seattle; your article
allowed it to be the complex, interesting,
thought-provoking thing that it is, and the
sidebar with additional background was really
helpful. Also, the alliance between labor
and the left was explained and given
-- Chrissie Mahaffy, Minneapolis.