Marxist Writers: Martin Glaberman

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Martin Glaberman

1918 – 2001

“There’s an early article and this comes from a different book where Marx says in order to create a new society we need new people. New people are created in activity and we need a revolution not only because the old ruling class can only be overthrown in a revolution, but you need a revolution in order to transform the people making it. So they become qualified to create a certain society. That’s clearly the reverse of what most Marxists think. Most Marxists think you have to change people. You have to convince them and then you make a revolution, but Marx says no. You make a revolution and that will change them.” – Revolutionary Optimist


Martin Glaberman

Martin Glaberman referred to himself as an “unreconstructed Johnsonite.” Johnson being the pen named used by the West Indian Marxist C.L.R. James during his time in the United States. Glaberman was a member of the tendency James founded along with Raya Dunayevskaya in 1941, and worked with James until the latter’s death in 1989. During this time Glaberman was the managing editor of such publications as Correspondence, Speaking Out and Speak Out. Glaberman worked as an auto worker for twenty years where he served as a shop steward, committeemen and local union editor. He was Professor Emeritus of Social Science in the College of Lifelong Learning of Wayne State University in Detroit. He was the author of countless articles and pamphlets, as well as a number of books. He died in December 2001.

Remembering Marty Glaberman (1918–2001),
by Seymour Faber & Linda Manning Myatt (Against the Current, No. 97, March/April 2002)


7 Mar. 1939

Liberation Seen Near for Framed Harlan Miners (as Martin Harvey)

20 Jan. 1940

FDR’s Washington Is Jim Crow Town (as Martin Harvey)

3 Jan. 1944

Michigan CIO Leaders Move for Labor Party (as Martin Harvey)

5 June 1944

Low-Down on the Chrysler Strike (as Martin Harvey)

24 July 1944

Michigan CIO Retreats from Its 1943 Militancy (as Martin Harvey)

7 Aug. 1944

Chrysler Strike Leaders in Big Sweep of Local Union Elections (as Martin Harvey)

14 Aug. 1944

UAW Chiefs Doublecross Militant Chevvy Union (as Martin Harvey)

28 Aug. 1944

GM Workers Slugging It Out with Bosses and WLB! (as Martin Harvey)

28 Aug. 1944

Michigan Politics a Sewer (as Martin Harvey)

9 Oct. 1944

Chevvy Local Elects Militant Leadership (as Martin Harvey)

30 Oct. 1944

UAW Members Can Defeat the No-Strike Pledge (as Martin Harvey)

6 Nov. 1944

Detroit Strikes Show Need to End “Pledge” (as Martin Harvey)

4 Dec. 1944

No Place in Dearborn for Negro Housing (as Martin Harvey)

Jan. 1945

Charles and Mary Beard (book review)

8 Jan. 1945

Detroit Mayor and Council Pass the Buck on Housing

15 Jan. 1945

Paper of Catholic Unionists Is for No-Strike Pledge

29 Jan. 1945

Intense Fight Against ‘Pledge’ as Vote Nears

26 Feb. 1945

Detroit Negro Housing Situation

5 Mar. 1945

Dodge Strikers Still Stand Firm!

12 Mar. 1945

Support Detroit Strikers!

19 Mar. 1945

105,000 UAM [sic] Workers Vote – Against No-Strike Pledge

30 April 1945

Detroit UAW Rank and File Faces Reconversion Fight

7 May 1945

Employment in Detroit Area Decreased by 107,000 Workers

14 May 1945

Ranks of Ford Local 600 Take Action on Cutbacks

11 June 1945

How to Get Full Employment? Socialist Planning, Not Profits!

25 June 1945

Detroit UAW Asks National Strike Vote!

24 Sept. 1945

Frankensteen Differs Little from Jeffries

1 Oct. 1945

Strike Still Continues at Kelsey Co.

1 Oct. 1945

UAW Moves on Companies for 30% Increase

1 Oct. 1945

Use of Derogatory Term (letter)

8 Oct. 1945

Workers Party Again Initiates Smith Picketing in Detroit

15 Oct. 1945

Frankensteen vs. Jeffries

Nov. 1945

Does Freedom of Speech Include Fascists?

19 Nov. 1945

How Frankensteen Was Defeated

3 Dec. 1945

Back the UAW to Victory!

Jan. 1946

Lessons of the Detroit Elections

Feb. 1946

Big Business in a Democracy (book review)

Apr. 1946

The Age of Jackson (book review)

13 May 1946

On the Issue of Factory Committees (as Martin Harvey)

15 Aug. 1946

UAW Leads Buyer’s Strike in Detroit Area (as Martin Harvey)

21 Oct. 1946

Disputes Review of Animal Farm (as Martin Harvey) (letter)

Aug. 1947

Strata in the Working Class

Summer 1965

Introduction to Destruction of a Workers Paper by CLR James

Summer 1965

“Be his payment high or low”: The American Working Class in the Sixties

Winter 1965/66

Ghetto Riots in the USA

Summer 1966

On the Giant’s Shoulders (book review)

Winter 1966/67

The East Is Red (book review)

January 1967

Upheaval in China

June 1967

The United States and the Russian Revolution

Jan. 1968

Nkrumah’s Sponsors (letter)

June/July 1968

On Balance: The French Events

April 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr

April 1968

Regis Debray: Revolution Without a Revolution

July 1968

Indonesian Communism: The First Stage


Black Cats, White Cats, Wildcats: Auto Workers in Detroit

Apr./May 1969

The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement

Nov./Dec. 1972

Unions vs. Workers in the Seventies: The Rise of Militancy in the Auto Industry

Nov./Dec. 1973

The American Working Class in Historical Perspective (book review)

Feb. 1974

False Promises: A Review (book review)

Sept. 1974

Marxist Views of the Working Class


The Working Class and Social Change (pamphlet)

Apr. 1980

Terror in Italy (letter)


Wildcat I (poem)


Walter Reuther, “Social Unionist” (book review)


A Different Sort of Democracy


“Workers have to deal with their own reality and that transforms them”

Jan. 1997

Letter to the Editors [of Against the Current

Jan. 1998

Remembering C.L.R. James (book review)

Sept. 1998

On Marxism and Method


Working For Wages: The Roots Of Insurgency (extract) (with Seymour Faber)


Back To The Future: The Continuing Relevance of Marx (with Seymour Faber)


Revolutionary Optimist (interview)

May 2001

On C.L.R. James (letter) (with Alex LoCascio)

Oct. 2001

Letter to Discussion Bulletin (letter)


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