Myron Perlman, Z"L: Working-Class Jewish Radical
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23395
Memorial for Myron Perlman, union carpenter and social justice activist.
Although he was an intellectual with a wide breadth of knowledge and interest - finished college and did a stint in graduate school - Myron's politics were deeply grounded in the immediate and material struggle of daily life. His son Isaac Krantz-Perlman referred to him as a "philosopher carpenter," and there is no sense that for Myron these terms were lived with contradiction. His appreciation for the material world, is the first principle of Marxism - Fanon's dictum that ones "first truth" must be "ones realities" - was also born out of his own experience with a distaste for utopian dreaming or elaborate and impractical schemes.
In Yiddish one might refer to Myrons politics as "doykeit," a radical "hereness," a deeply embedded relationship to the place in which one lives - its language, its textures, its richness of daily life.