[Marxism] [Fwd: Swans' Release: August 2, 2004]
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Sun Aug 1 16:05:32 MDT 2004
August 2, 2004 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: "My fellow Americans, this is the most important
election of our lifetime. The stakes are high. We are a nation at war --
a global war on terror against an enemy unlike we've ever known before,"
said Mr. Bush the other night in Crawford, Texas. What, what, what do
you say? It was Mr. Kerry who uttered those words last Thursday in
Boston, not Mr. Bush? Not Crawford? Are you sure? Oh well, we did not
listen to Kerry's peroration as we were rejoicing upon our first day out
of suburbia -- at long last, AT LONG LAST! (more on this another time.
We have a house for sale though; if you are interested to live in Menlo
Park in the Bay Area, rush to 545 Palmer Lane -- Beautifully renovated
redwood/fir bungalow on almost one half of an acre of land...the
American Dream, you know... Suburbia!) Anyway, seriously, these words
could have originated from the mouth of our "great" war leader, could
they not? And thinking of it, they could have come as well from another
"great" war leader, Mr. Hitler, who, after reading the short report
filed by Eli Beckerman on the street protests -- or better said, the
gagging of the protesters -- brings to mind the comment William Shirer
made in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, "The Germans imposed the
Nazi tyranny on themselves." A people has the government it deserves...
Here we are, in Boston, the First Amendment pretty much abrogated while
a hypnotized crowd cheers another savior. Talk about mass
psychosis...which Manuel García does quite eloquently as he examines how
small groups of wealthy elites control larger populations, and looks
into the psychological key, if any, that could open the American mind to
a Green Socialist future. Then, if you still have any doubt about who
calls the shots in Washington D.C., the mascot in the Oval Office or his
corporate masters, Phil Rockstroh adds his 2 cents that will make you
much richer, from a neuron perspective, mind you; and Philip Greenspan
uses his bullshit detector to bring another of his reality checks to the
fore without mincing words.
Buried by propaganda, getting their news from Jay Leno and Rush
Limbaugh, the American people are marching, in the words of Marilynne
Robinson (Harper's, August 2004, p. 17), "lockstep to enormity and
disaster." She continues, "A successful autocracy rests on the universal
failure of individual courage." The halls of power, as noted by Richard
Macintosh, glitter by the dearth of cowardice, with the exception of a
few lonely voices. And it must take some moral courage for new
contributor, José Tirado, to plead, "stop urging us to vote for your
party [Democratic]," and to state the obvious, "we can't get the system
we want by voting for people who don't want our system." Duh! Whether
it's courage or exile (Tirado lives in Iceland, like John Steppling
lives in Poland -- perhaps Americans should travel more...) he sure
gets it. Michael Moore gets it too as Gerard Donnelly Smith avers (at
least to a point...that should exclude his idiotic endorsement of Wesley
Clark, the perfect embodiment of a war crimes criminal). Gerard reviews
Farenheit 9/11 and its "objective" propaganda, in which Moore allows the
players and events to speak for themselves -- no need for scripting and
staging -- and you be the judge.
Milo Clark, a history buff, and an even-tempered mind, reminds us that
the Rule of Law can be and has been upheld or restored by some faction
of the elites "demanding and getting a piece of the action." So, yes,
there is hope, even if faintly, that the Rule of Law will be restored
(Americans think of FDR as a man of the people...when he was nothing
more than the rescuer of capitalistic interests, forced by the masses to
legislate compromises favorable to the workers -- compromises that, when
implemented, have been chipped away ever since); but it remains that the
laws are made by the elites themselves...to serve their own
interests...and there is no mass movement in the U.S. of 2004 and JFK II
is no FDR!
When a Moroccan Swede gets interested in Straussian and Wilsonian
politics, the idealist/realist discourse in the U.S., you end up with a
Clinton looking much like a Bush, and vise versa. Please welcome the
scholarly work of Mohammed Ben Jelloun, another new contributor.
A poem on Gomorrah; the work of Louis Proyect still posted on the front
page (it was indeed a book review); and the Letters to the Editor
conclude this issue. Enjoy it as much as we did pulling it off in the
midst of boxes!
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes)
know about Swans.
Here are the links to all the pieces:
I Will Not Be Herded
by Eli Beckerman
Damned If We Do? Damned 'Cause We Didn't!
by José M. Tirado
The Imprisoned American Mind
by Manuel García, Jr.
>From The Annals of Presidential Style: Do The Clothes Make The Mascot?
by Phil Rockstroh
Dubya's Elixir: Bigger And Brighter Same Old Crap
by Philip Greenspan
by Richard Macintosh
The Documentary As Propaganda
by Gerard Donnelly Smith
by Milo Clark
Wilsonian Or Straussian: Post-Cold War Idealism?
by Mohammed Ben Jelloun
The Robots Of Gomorrah
Poem by John Marshall
The Case for Nader-Camejo
by Louis Proyect
Letters to the Editor
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