John R. MacArthur: A pre-election tour of Waterbury
01:00 AM EST on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Providence Journal
IT MIGHT SEEM unfair to the citizens of this worn-out jewel of New England’s industrial past, but come Nov. 7, Waterbury voters could well determine the future conduct, not only of the Democratic Party, but of the war in Iraq.

Like it or not, Waterbury is emblematic of one side of the angry divide among Democrats all over the country — anti-war versus pro-war; reformers versus regulars; upper-middle class versus blue collar. And if I’m right that the trailing insurgent and anti-war Democrat Ned Lamont will close the gap in his bitter contest with incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman between now and election day, the regular-party resistance to Lamont in the one-time “Brass City” will have much to do with the outcome.

As I toured Waterbury the other week, all the contradictions that afflict the former “popular” party — the ones that have reduced it to a minority in Congress — were in striking evidence. So too was the decay that has reduced huge sections of urban America from self-confident industrial health to a status you might call “just getting by.”

Read more.

Post comment

Forbidden Bookshelf

Forbidden Bookshelf

“While We Were Sleeping”

While We Were Sleeping is an urgent call to save Greenwich Village from New York University's uncontrolled expansion.

Click here to donate to NYUFASP and receive a copy of "While We Were Sleeping: NYU and the Destruction of New York" (minimum donation to receive a book is $10 plus $8 shipping).

Orwell Rolls In His Grave, featuring MCM – Buy the DVD

About News From Underground

News From Underground is a daily e-news service run by Mark Crispin Miller, a Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU. It is based on his belief that academics, like reporters, have a civic obligation to help keep the people well-informed, so that American democracy might finally work.

If you'd like to receive updates delivered to your inbox daily, sign up for News From Underground Alerts:

Help News From Underground!

Message from Mark: "I am a one-man operation, although assisted greatly by some volunteers, and, now and then, by people paid by others for one-time projects. There is no shortage of skilled, dedicated folks out there who want to help me. There is, however, nothing I can pay them with, unless you decide you can contribute something."

Please donate via the PayPal button above or via PayPal by email to:

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Popular Posts


Need a bigger font size?

Sponsored Links

  • Your link could be here too, contact us for pricing details.