Swans' Release: January 6, 2003

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jan 5 19:59:52 MST 2003


http://www.swans.com/
January 6, 2003 -- In this issue:


Let's start with some forthcoming events left unreported in the main
media: Antiwar demonstrations: January 18, 2003; in Washington
DC, San Francisco, and over 12 countries around the world. -- Do
you recall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s deep opposition to the
Vietnam War? He was convinced that the war was immoral and
harmful to the fight against poverty at home, in the USA. Today,
about 33 million Americans live in poverty (that's 8 million more than
25 years ago), of whom 12 million are children. Three million people
are homeless (including one million children). Over 41 million have no
health insurance (that's 16 percent more than ten years ago). Close to
10 million Americans are out of a job. And on, and on, and on. What
do you think Dr. King would say nowadays about the US so-called
preemptive war against Iraq? January 18 is both the Martin Luther
King Jr. holiday weekend and the 12th anniversary of Desert Storm
(Gulf War I). On this occasion the {HYPERLINK
"http://www.internationalanswer.org/"}International A.N.S.W.E.R
coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) has called for a
massive, non-sectarian, and peaceful antiwar march in Washington,
with a joint action in San Francisco. For further information about
logistics (buses, tickets, directions, etc.) visit A.N.S.W.E.R.'s specific
pages for {HYPERLINK
"http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/j18/j18contacts.html"}
Washington and {HYPERLINK
"http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/j18/logisticssf.html"}S
an Francisco.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend. This is what
grassroots political organizing is all about and what is, according to Eli
Beckerman, direly needed. As Milo Clark advocates, "We do need
people taking leadership!" We'll see whether these demonstrations get
as poor of news coverage as those of October 26, 2002, but Deck
Deckert provides a clue. If the paucity of real news in the past year
offers some guidelines, chances are that they won't. But then, we all
know that the game is rigged in the first place as Philip Greenspan
shows in his piece. Not only are we constantly being 'spinned' we are
also oh-so gullible...and if you don't believe it take a look at Michael
Stowell's work on the famous S.U.V.'s -- more than half of the 16
million plus vehicles sold in the U.S. each year (Michael's mode of
transportation, by the way, is a bicycle!) or read Jan Baughman's
piece to see another of the perpetual shams perpetuated by the U.S.
government.

What a culture, friends, what a culture! We are readying ourselves to
use Weapons of Mass Destruction (e.g., DU, cluster bombs, and
more) against a country that has never done us any harm and has no
WMD to speak of, so that we can drive our S.U.V.'s and increase
the hole in the ozone layer (people in Punto Arenas, Chile, thank us
deeply...). Yes, we are strong and invincible, so we are told, but a
culture that focuses on myths, consumerism and a warrior caste is not
just flawed, it is rotting, reduced to offering Unsolicited Commercial E-
mail, or Spam, on the lighter side (see Alma Hromic's piece) and
death to the many, on the darker. This invincibility is running short and
is on its last leg, hence the destruction spread all over the world. It's a
dying, moribund system. As Daniel Quinn suggests, we'll quietly,
peacefully walk away from it and it will wither away.

Excuse the emotional outburst...

Take a moment to laugh and read our Swans' Infamous Predictions.
Then, you must read (truly, please do) C. Day Lewis' poem and the
excerpt of "The Making of a Radical" by Scott Nearing. Indeed, Milo
Clark is correct, "We do need people taking leadership!"

Enjoy this edition. As always, form your OWN opinion and let your
friends (and foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours
grow.

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Here is the list of all the pieces:

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/elib006.html
Onions And Mini-Onions - by Eli Beckerman

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/rdeck034.html
All The News We Choose To Print - by Deck Deckert

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/mgc101.html
Actuality Is. . . - by Milo Clark

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/mws037.html
The World According To My Bicycle - by Michael W. Stowell

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/aah034.html
Spam Glorious Spam - by Alma A. Hromic

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/jeb119.html
Tax Relief for America's Workers - by Jan Baughman

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/pgreen14.html
>From Kings To Corps: Futile-ism To Crapitalism - by Philip Greenspan

http://www.swans.com/library/art9/xxx094.html
2003 Predictions - by Swans

http://www.swans.com/library/art7/xxx058.html
Consider These, for We Have Condemned Them - A Poem by C. Day
Lewis

http://www.swans.com/library/art7/xxx067.html
The Making of a Radical (Excerpt) - by Scott Nearing


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