[Marxism] Swans March 29, 2004
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Sun Mar 28 17:39:47 MST 2004
March 29, 2004 -- In this issue:
Note from the Editor: The new Iraqi Constitution was heralded as a great
achievement just a couple of weeks ago but they forgot their own Bill of
Rights. So, the Coalition Provisional Authority, which represents the best
democratic values America wants to export all over the world, closed Al
Hawsa, a Baghdad newspaper, for violating coalition regulations. As CNN
reported on March 28, the paper's "building was sealed, and anyone caught
attempting to publish the paper could face up to a year in jail and a
$1,000 fine." Oops, sorry, no First Amendment just as yet. Meanwhile, in
Washington D.C., the vortex of values and democracy...and civility,
compassionate conservatives were busy savaging and smearing Richard A.
Clarke of "We failed you . . . and ask for your understanding and
forgiveness" fame. Bloodshed in the streets, slander in others, censorship
wherever, raw materials pilfering...the best democracy money can buy. For
the rest, there's MasterCard !
Money can buy a lot actually, environment included, as Louis Proyect shows
in his review of Jeffrey St. Clair's imposing book, The Politics of Nature,
in which he details influence peddling and political machinations that keep
destroying US natural resources to profit corporate interests (the book, in
Proyect's words, is "passionately committed to the preservation of the
animal and plant life that once covered the nation's vast expanse").
Looking forward, beyond 2004, Manuel García illustrates how money and
natural resources will interact when the Boomer generation is confronted
with either an imperial-fortress America or a more benign socialized
comity. If history is a guide, guns will win over butter time and again...
Meanwhile, we'll keep hearing about victory, democratic values, a safer
world and a stronger America from one administration to the other. Same
old, same old, and no one seems to understand the need for a third party!
Milo Clark finely combs the 2000 Bush coup and wishes the Democrats would
include its undoing in their platform, altogether missing the point that
the Dems could care less. It's the corner (or oval) office and the perks
attached to it that they care about.
Case in point, Phil Rockstroh's latest acquaintance, "Commercialla, The
Patron Goddess of All Whores," finds herself in good company with either
party; and if it's not one it's the other -- Bush first, James Carville
(cf. the Carville-Matalin circus) next. Why, oh why does Janice Joplin come
to mind? The reality, of course, is elsewhere, in the real America, the
working America that struggles to make ends meet; that which faces daily
hardship, immobilizing fear and scarcity of trust, and leads people, in
Frank Wycoff's words, to set their principles aside. As Philip Greenspan
points out, this scared and paralyzed society gave the Bush administration
carte blanche, but other countries have responded in more creative ways in
the past and are taking different directions now. Scott Orlovsky cuts to
the chase poetically regarding all of the above: Say No to Capitalism!
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes)
know about Swans.
Here are the links to all the articles:
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/lproy13.html Jeffrey St. Clair's "The
Politics of Nature" Book Review by Louis Proyect
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci11.html Election 2016: The Issues
- by Manuel García, Jr.
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/ga174.html Safer, Stronger, More
Democratic: Kosovo, Iraq, And The Heavens by Gilles d'Aymery
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgc123.html Coup d'Etat: A Platform
Issue - by Milo Clark
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/procks22.html A Whore's Pentecost:
Epiphanies In The Age of Commercialization by Phil Rockstroh
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/ga173.html Err, Mr. Carville, No
Picture? - by Gilles d'Aymery
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/flw020.html The Health Insurance Slave
Trade - by Frank Wycoff
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/pgreen38.html Spaniards Get The Message
- by Philip Greenspan
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/sorlov21.html Say No To Capitalism -
Poem by Scott Orlovsky
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/letter38.html Letters to the Editor
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