Letters to Red Menace #5

Why 'consciousness raising?'

Raised consciousness

Why did Ulli Diemer end his article "Some of my best comrades are friends" with a phrase like 'consciousness raising'? That should have been one of the first terms he debunked. At first I thought he was kidding.

Chip Clements
California

Canada's pride

One of the nicest things about my brief visit to Canada was finding Red Menace in the Alternative Bookshop in Montreal. I particularly liked Ulli Diemer's articles on Marxism and Anarchism, as the connection between the two have been of concern to me recently, and I felt he helped clarify several important points. I also found the thoughts on organization helpful; as a radical feminist trying to bring about desperately needed reforms e.g. in the abortion situation, while keeping much larger, libertarian goals in mind, the question of how to organize looms large. Finally, the cartoons were very funny - the "sensuous hippos" had me in stitches.

I enclose $5 for a subscription plus postage to New Zealand. I look forward to receiving the paper and wish you all the best.

Christine Dann

P.S. I'll recommend Red Menace to as many N.Z. friends/acquaintances as possible.

What happened to the Red Menace?

I know you don't publish RM anymore, but I'm writing to see if you've maintained some collectivity and to see what you're up to.

We enjoyed RM very much when it lived, and we were sorry to see it go. What are your energies applied to now? Toronto seems like it has a good deal of positive energy. I know several good, energetic people who either live in or around there and the fact that you could put a paper of RM's bulk and quality out regularly indicates either a substantial community or a small band of absolute fanatics.

Ron Linnille
for Black Rose
Rochester