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The Essential Ellen Willis$
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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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(p.309) Introduction
The Essential Ellen Willis

Cord Jefferson

University of Minnesota Press

This section contains chapters written in the 1990s, in which the text tackles the scandalous court dramas consuming the nation such as Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and O. J. Simpson’s acquittal. The chapters also discuss issues such as poverty and welfare politics, Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s book The Bell Curve, and how to reconcile intellectual or creative autonomy with making a living. Furthermore, the chapters here criticize the Million Man March for its obvious sexism, and Louis Farrakhan for his obvious anti-Semitism, calling the event a shot at a “utopian moment” but insisting that “it’s a mistake to imagine that the good feelings generated by the Million Man March negate its political dangers”.

Keywords:   poverty, welfare politics, Ellen Willis, Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, O. J. Simpson, The Bell Curve, Million Man March, sexism, Louis Farrakhan

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