[Marxism] Swans' Release: August 16, 2004
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Mon Aug 16 09:27:53 MDT 2004
August 16, 2004 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: Whether the public, and not just the American
public but the entire world, begins to wake up to the current actualities
that confront us all; whether the main media and the "palatial
intellectuals" are finally going to face up to those actualities (a doubtful
proposition); one thing is becoming obvious. People in the alternative
media, on the Internet, are increasingly getting to the heart of those
actualities. See for example, the must-read analysis by Stan Goff
published on August 13, 2004 on Counterpunch -- yes, yes, it's not
on Swans, but please take the time to read his very comprehensive
work on energy (http://www.counterpunch.org/goff08132004.html).
Perhaps this is wishful thinking, but it appears that an increasing
number of people are indeed getting it. So, allow us to add our voices
to the choir.
Michael Doliner begins by quoting Marguerite Yourcenar and goes on
delineating and choreographing the startling similarities between the
decline of the Roman Empire and that of the U.S., as well as the
current multi-facetted crisis we are all facing. Tim Keane, a new
contributor, offers a keen analysis of the mushrooming religious
fundamentalism (of all creeds) as he scrutinizes the work of Islamic
scholar Malise Ruthven, "A Fury for God." Ruthven presents his
narrative of the forces that led to 9/11 (those of you who follow the
work of Milo Clark will find much commonality), with a display of
knowledge that eulogists of empire such as Niall Ferguson would be
well inspired to emulate.
People of the South also get it, and as subjects of the empire, they
raise their voices with more and more clarity -- and intensity.
Arundhati Roy is undoubtedly such a person. Her conversations with
David Barsamian, chronicled in "The Checkbook and the Cruise
Missile," are wide-ranging, passionate and right to the point -- and
worthy of your time.
Richard Macintosh, facing the militarization of the U.S. -- a police
state in all but name -- calls for breaking out of the cages in which the
ideologues and their Fritz-helmet police are locking us. Phil
Rockstroh, in his unique way, connects with Arundhati Roy by casting
off the fear of being an outcast and joining the anarchic independence
of the wild, which, in small or large part, is in each of us. Obedience
to our corporatist masters is not a genetic feature! Milo Clark joins
Richard and Phil in showing the long descent of the U.S., once
considered as Beacon (was it not a myth?), into its present stage of
decomposition, and makes a few suggestions, starting with getting rid
of Mr. Bush and the neocons. Manuel García puts forward his own
prescription for a non-violent revolution that would "overturn
bipartisan imperialist, corporate-owned politics, and establish a Green
Left much under the radar screen, and for cause, is Slobodan
Milosevic (remember him?) and the fiasco of the kangaroo court in
The Hague. John Steppling will bring you up to speed on this travesty
of justice and historical revisionism. And Philip Greenspan dares say
out loud what everybody knows but keeps quiet about, the long-
running Zionist effort to play the anti-Semitic (anti-Judaic, to be once
again precise) card in order to increase the population of Israel. Here
now, Philip, you must be a self-hating Jew!
Gerard Donnelly Smith heard Mr. Kerry speak about religion in
Boston and felt compelled to write the poem, "God On Our Side."
Robert Rosenberg, of Ariga's fame brings a touch of sensitivity in his
first poetic contribution. And we end with a volley of letters, including
Steppling's regular review.
This issue is packed; plenty to read and think about. We are taking a
week off and we'll be back on September 6. As always, please form
your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes) know about
Here are the links to all the pieces:
- by Michael Doliner
God Help Us
Malise Ruthven's "A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America"
- Book Review by Tim Keane
The Journey Toward Justice
"The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile," Conversations with
- Book Review by Gilles d'Aymery
- by Richard Macintosh
A Thing That Waits For Lunch
- by Phil Rockstroh
Beginning Of The End Or End Of The Beginning?
- by Milo Clark
Outline For Revolution
- by Manuel Garcia, Jr.
The Debacle At The Hague
- by John Steppling
Sharon, Israel, And Anti-Semitism
- by Philip Greenspan
God On Our Side
- Poem by Gerard Donnelly Smith
The Precision With Which Love Invents
- Poem by Robert Rosenberg
Letters to the Editor
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