In reply to Missing the point? by Bruce
An article in Counter Punch in 2004 said that Kovel supported John Kerry in the US presidential election that year. The intro reads:
"Life is full of bitter ironies! Behold the spectacle of Joel Kovel, who loudly proclaims his credentials as a Marxist socialist, who ran against Ralph Nader for the Green nomination from the left in 2000, claiming that Nader failed to enunciate a sufficiently radical critique of the capitalist system--this same Kovel is out of the closet as a cheerleader for the prowar, pro-Patriot Act, pro-WTO and NAFTA John Kerry--loyal servant of . . . capitalism!!!!"
If that's true, Kovel has not just missed the point about class politics - but completely lost the plot.