There Ain’t No Justice, Just Us
A rare example of polemical fiction that works by Jeffry Ellis
There Ain't No Justice, Just Us (which is, I might add, a great title) is the story of David, a veteran of the '60s protest movement who now finds himself living out of place and time in an impersonal Chicago. Just as the city seems to be slowly dying, so has David's once firm faith in Marxism. Unlike his former comrades, David has remained an activist and as a result, his marriage his crumbling and he risks seeing his children taken away from him...
By Jeffry Ellis
For many twenty-first century readers, the term “proletarian literature” conjures up the 1930s, when magazines like the New Masses and the various organs of the John Reed Clubs supported the creation of a working-class literature that would underpin the leftist project of preparing the proletariat for its world-historical task of abolishing capitalism and creating an egalitarian society.