Joel Kovel : an appreciation
by Louis Proyect
Scholar and Activist Joel Kovel Dies at 81 in New York City
In New York City, antiwar activist, author and professor Joel Kovel has died at the age of 81. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kovel was a well-known psychiatrist who left the Albert Einstein Medical School out of his opposition to the corporate influence over medicine. He became a prolific writer and scholar, who was also active in the movements against the Vietnam War and nuclear proliferation. He was the author of more than 10 books about systemic racism, ecology and global warming and other topics. Kovel went on to run for the U.S. Senate in New York with the Green Party in 1998. He also ran for U.S. president against Ralph Nader in the Green Party primary in 2000. This is Joel Kovel, speaking on Democracy Now! in 2007 after his book “Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine" was temporarily dropped by the University of Michigan, after it caused a controversy.
Joel Kovel served as a professor in Psychiatry, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Studies and Communications and became editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism (http://www.cnsjournal.org/). He developed his distinctive approach, which draws on both psychoanalysis and Marxism, across a wide range of publications. His ten books include The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? (2002), White Racism: A Psychohistory (1970) and Red Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the Making of America (1994). Kovel was also a political activist and a media commentator.
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