Jerome Grossman: The Relentless Liberal

Jerome Grossman: The Relentless Liberal

This is a collection of Jerome Grossman’s writings from 2007-2013, many of which are still relevant today. They are organized by year and are searchable by keyword using the search bar to the right (scroll to the bottom of the page on mobile)

This website is dedicated to the other relentless liberals around the world working for peace, social justice, and equality, democracy with a human face.

John Kenneth Galbraith writes on Jerome Grossman, 1995:

There is, I think, a measure of agreement as to what is a liberal in our time. It is one who seeks political participation and general well-being for all people and without regard for gender, race, privileged birth, or economic or social position. That means that no one has the right to bring economic pressure to bear on the powerless worker or consumer. The liberal seeks by organization and by government action to limit such aggression, to empower those so afflicted.

Barack Obama & Jerome Grossman

The aggression the liberal seeks so to counter and neutralize takes many forms. Traditionally, it was that of the great capitalist entrepreneurs; now it is that of the great corporate bureaucracy with its influence over markets and employment and notably over the state. In the United States it works on government through omnipresent and richly endowed lobbyists. Sometimes this takes very specific form: the costliest and potentially the most disastrous being the military power and its influential alliances – in the words of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Military Industrial Complex.

Liberals in the assertion of their position by persuasion and political action do not expect applause. They expect opposition, condemnation, attack; these are the proof that they are doing their job. As I write, liberals are especially unpopular; it is an indication as to how much their past efforts are seen by the privileged to have been effective. No one should be discouraged or take shelter because of this current attack. it is a sign of relevance and even strength.

This brings me to Jerome Grossman.

Ted Kennedy & Jerome Grossman

Jerry Grossman over a lifetime has been a liberal in the terms just articulated. And he has been more. There have always been two classes of liberals: those who believe, speak, and vote and those who go all out to participate fully and effectively in the political process. No one can be in doubt that Jerome Grossman is of the second group. In Massachusetts party politics, where he has served with good effect as a Democratic leader, in presidential politics, in determined compassionate persuasion; in writing, and for many years as a dominant figure and head of the Council for a Livable World, Jerry has been the supreme political activist. I speak carefully; I know of no other citizen who has done as much.

And so now this book. I was one of the many who urged Jerry Grossman to make his record and service known. It is important history, a short but vital chapter in the record of Massachusetts and national Democratic politics. But more than that, it tells what one person can do, how he or she can make the difference. It is a model for all who believe in the liberal goals, who in current political life yearn to see the present generation of Republican orators and activists returned to the opposition role and, in the frequent case, the obscurity for which nature and good politics intended them. Let liberals read and see Jerome Grossman as their example, the proof that the individual can make a difference.

John Kenneth Galbraith
September 1995, Cambridge, Massachusetts