[Marxism] Left Hook Updated: Pre-Election Special Edition

M. Junaid Alam mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Mon Nov 1 18:18:38 MST 2004

Left Hook

A Radical Youth Journal Based in the U.S.

Latest Release: Monday, November 1, 2004

Observations on Election Day

| Mark Yu |

Regardless of the final outcome, the latest presidential election has
already revealed the sad state of American politics. The idea of
government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" remains an
unfulfilled promise more than one hundred and forty years after it was
articulated by Abraham Lincoln. The small amounts of popular sovereignty
won through the struggles and bloodshed of working people are
continually threatened by ruling class interests. Democracy is being
slowly poisoned by the corrupting power of corporate money and violently
pummeled by political gangsters working to deny large numbers of people
their most basic democratic right, the right to vote.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Yu110104.html>

Kerry Advisor is a Real Dick: Richard Holbrooke and East Timor

| Merlin Chowkwanyun and Joshua Frank |

Soon the tallies will be rolling in, and those that cast a vote for John
Kerry in hopes of altering the US foreign policy paradigm, will have
wasted their energy. What the mainstream media and others have failed to
disclose this election season is that one of Senator Kerry's key policy
advisors, Richard Holbrooke, happened to play a significant role in
perhaps the largest US backed genocide of the twentieth-century. As
Kerry insiders have said recently, Mr. Holbrooke along with Senator Joe
Biden of Delaware, is in the top running for Secretary of State if Kerry
wins on Tuesday, and is assured another spot in Kerry's cabinet if not

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/ChowkwanyunFrank110104.html>

Got International Stability? Not with Bush

| Jeff Barger |

Americans are not safe, the United States is not secure, freedom is
under attack and civilization itself is in peril! Have no fear, the
white knight from Texas is here to continue leading America and the free
world to victory against 'evil doers'. World opinion and international
agreements are nonsense and merely an obstacle to saving civilization
from the terrorist apocalypse. We will lead even if nobody follows
because real leaders don't need followers. So we must do the patriotic
thing and put are unambiguous trust in George Bush and follow his oily
foot prints to victory and security. Right? Wrong! George W. Bush's
handling of foreign policy during his term has made America and the
world far less secure.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Barger110104.html>

| Nick Tarlton | A Community Unites Against the War: Report from Scotland

On Saturday the 30th of October around 700 people marched through
Pollock, a working class housing scheme in Glasgow, Scotland. The demo,
organised by the Campaign for Justice for Gordon Gentle, demanded the
withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Gordon Gentle died, aged 19, in June 2004 whilst serving with the Royal
Highland Fusiliers in Iraq. He joined the army when approached by
recruiters whilst signing on for his unemployment benefit. He was told
he would be able to learn the skills for a decent trade if he joined up.
After six months basic training he was sent to his death.

- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Ground/Tarlton110104.html>

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