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Speaking of comrades, News Hits would like to point out that one of Detroit’s most distinguished far-lefties, Ron Aronson, has an interesting piece in the April 17 issue of The Nation ( A distinguished professor of humanities at Wayne State University, Aronson asserts in the article that it’s time for liberals to begin using the "S word" again.

He writes: "It’s time to break the taboo and place the word ‘socialism’ across the top page in a major American progressive magazine. Time for the left to stop repressing the side of ourselves that the right finds most objectionable. Until we thumb our noses at the Democratic pols who have been calling the shots and reassert the very ideas they say are unthinkable, we will keep stumbling around in the dark corners of American politics, wondering how we lost our souls — and how to find them again."

His point is that, without a clear vision, the American left is doomed. The Democrat’s move to the center, the moral authority that sustained it for so long has been lost.

"If nothing is higher than the individual," asserts Aronson, "the only thing that matters is whether I alone succeed. In the Enron and other corporate fraud scandals, in the debacle of Hurricane Katrina, the chickens have been coming home to roost."

In other words, we’ve been getting clucked. News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or

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