[Marxism] Mike Gonzalez On Hugo Chavez

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Nov 18 18:46:43 MST 2007

Walter Lippmann wrote:
> Yes, the Schactmanites think Cuba is a monstrous gulag.
> Read any of their articles on Cuba if you don't think so.
> Farber others all say these same of Cuba: TERRIBLE PLACE.

So what's worse? Having that outlook or writing drivel about "socialist" 

> Peter Camejo does not speak at ISO conferences about Cuba.
> They would not ask him to do that because he has a positive
> opinion about the Cuban Revolution and they're against it.

The real point is that they are important enough on the left to attract 
people like Camejo, Amy Goodman, Jeff St. Clair to come and speak. Using 
Cuba as a litmus test, put these two gatherings side by side and it is 
not too difficult to figure out who is making a contribution to 
confronting American capitalism--which is ultimately the best way to 
defend the Cuban revolution.


 From Subprime to Subhuman,
the Real Perspective under American Imperialism
Jack Barnes, National Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party
A Chinese View of the Cuban Revolution
Mary-Alice Waters, editor of New International magazine and
Our History Is Still Being Written, just back from China
Reception 3 p.m. v Program 4 p.m.
Dinner, refreshments, talk, & dance 7 p.m. on
Armenian Hall v 620 Second Ave. (at 35th St.) v Manhattan



Speakers at ISO conference last June:

** Affiliations listed for identification purposes only **

AgustÍn and Helga Aguayo
Iraq veteran Agustin Aguayo applied for conscientious objector status in 
2004 after serving a year in the military. After nearly three years of 
struggling with the US Army to be recognized as a CO, he went AWOL on 
Sept. 1, 2006, missing his unit's deployment to Iraq, and turned himself 
in the next day. After being told he would be forcibly sent to Iraq, he 
went into hiding. Three weeks later, he made a public statement against 
the war in Los Angeles, and again turned himself in. He was 
court-martialed and sentenced to eight months in prison. Released in 
April, he still remains under the military's control. His wife Helga as 
well as other family members and activists campaigned tirelessly for his 
release, and Agustin's legal battles are far from over.

John Pilger
John Pilger, renowned investigative journalist and documentary 
filmmaker, is one of only two to have twice won British journalism's top 
award; his documentaries have won Academy Awards in both the UK and the 
US. In a New Statesman survey of the 50 heroes of our time, Pilger came 
fourth behind Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. "John Pilger," wrote 
playwright Harold Pinter, "unearths, with steely attention facts, the 
filthy truth. I salute him."

Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! She is 
co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: 
Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them 
written with her brother David Goodman. The book was chosen by 
independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election 
season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books 
of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly. Her newest book (co-written 
with her brother) is Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and 
the People Who Fight Back

Jeremy Scahill
Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. His 
book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army 
(his first book) is number 9 on the New York Times bestseller list. He 
is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for 
the national radio and television show Democracy Now! Scahill has 
reported extensively from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Nigeria.

Dr. John Carlos
In 1968, John Carlos became one half of perhaps the most famous (or 
infamous) moment in Olympic history. After winning the bronze medal in 
the 200-meter dash, he and gold medalist Tommie Smith, raised their 
fists clad in black gloves in a display of "black power." It was a 
moment that defined the revolutionary spirit and defiance of a 
generation. He told Dave Zirin in a 2003 interview, "You got to step up 
to society when it's letting all its people down."

Dahr Jamail
Dahr has spent a total of eight months in occupied Iraq as one of only a 
few independent US journalists in the country. In the Middle East, Dahr 
has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He writes for the 
Inter Press Service, the Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports 
have also been published with the Nation, the Sunday Herald, Islam 
Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent. Dahr 
uses the DahrJamailIraq.com Web site and his popular mailing list to 
circulate his dispatches.

Tod Ensign
Tod Ensign is director of Citizen Soldier, a GI/veterans' rights 
advocacy organization based in New York City, and the author of 
America's Military Today: Challenges for the Armed Forces in a Time of 
War (New Press, 2006). He spearheaded the founding of Different Drummer 
Internet Cafe in Watertown, New York--the first GI coffee house 
established during the current Iraq war. The cafe is located near one of 
the most heavily deployed military bases in the U.S.

Mark Steel
Left-wing British comedian Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up since 
1983, and has written and performed four popular series for television 
and radio, and he writes a weekly column for the Independent. He is 
author of Vive la Revolution: A Standup History of the French Revolution 
(Haymarket, 2006), and Reasons to Be Cheerful (Simon & Schuster, 2002).

Laura Flanders
Laura Flanders is the host of "RadioNation" heard live, weekends, 7-10 
pm ET on the national Air America Radio network. The program is also 
syndicated to non-commercial affiliates across the United States. She is 
the author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the 
Politicians. Her last book, Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species, (an 
investigation into the women in George W. Bush's Cabinet) was a New York 
Times best-seller.


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