Swans' Release: July 7, 2003
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Mon Jul 7 12:00:43 MDT 2003
July 7, 2003 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: Politics and religion; religion and violence;
violence and politics...what culture and religion have not played their
part in this triangle? You may be surprised that the answer is not
Tibet, nor Buddhism nor the Dalai Lama, as Michael Parenti reveals in
a superb analysis of the Tibet myth and a less-than-saintly Dalai
Lama. And if you think the United States has its hands clean given its
alleged tradition of separation of church and state, think again. To
quote George W. Bush (July 5), "As we celebrate our independence
in 2003, we still place our trust in Divine Providence." Indeed, politics
and religion mix quite well here -- just read the book review of "The
Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America," edited
by Kimberly Blaker, for a disturbing look at the right-wing
fundamentalist movement in America.
Another interesting triangle explored in this rendition is the connection
between the US Department of Energy, the University of California,
and the US nuclear weapons labs at Los Alamos and Livermore.
Manual García, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, provides an insider's exposé of the surprising threads that
sustain this nuclear monopoly. García's clear and cogent analysis filled
with information little known by the public would be unlikely to find its
way into the main media. But as Richard Macintosh points out, the
key to political change is getting to the minds of those who disagree
with you. Short of change, we continue to live in a paradoxical world
as described philosophically by Milo Clark and poetically by Phil
Rockstroh. The American system was founded on paradox, as Philip
Greenspan describes in his look at the true motives of the Founding
Fathers, which were not liberty and democracy, by the way.
Deck Deckert and Alma Hromic remain in our thoughts as they
continue their struggle to improve and cope after Deck's recent
stroke. We are encouraged by reports of Deck's progress and expect
him to be fighting his way right out of the convalescent home. Alma
shares with us a heartbreaking essay about some of the forgotten
people she has encountered there.
Finally, the poetry corner is adorned with two wonderfully creative
political poems composed with Latin (Gerard Donnelly Smith) and
color (Scott Orlovsky).
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and
foes) know about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours grow.
Here is the list of all the pieces:
Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth
by Michael Parenti
Kimberly Blaker's "The Fundamentals of Extremism"
Book Review by Gilles d'Aymery
America's Nuclear Weapons Labs: The Reality Beneath The Headline
by Manuel Garcia, Jr.
by Richard Macintosh
by Milo Clark
Muck And Mire
by Phil Rockstroh
Founding Father's Formula Fulfilled
by Philip Greenspan
I Want To Go Home
by Alma A. Hromic
No More Posse Comitatus
by Gerard Donnelly Smith
Seeing Through It All
by Scott Orlovsky
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