[Marxism] Left Hook Updated
M. Junaid Alam
alam1 at lefthook.org
Mon Aug 1 16:36:24 MDT 2005
Monday, August 1, 2005
Why I Am No Longer A Radical
M. Junaid Alam
An air of anger and surprise rises up on the radical Left just about
every time it discovers that some "prestigious" right-wing hack was
formerly one of its own - a fiery social activist or critic protesting
every injustice under the sun. For my part, I never understood this
melodramatic response. It seems to me, at the ripe old age of 22, that
it's awful hard to resist the intense social, political, and family
pressures piston-pumped into rebel minds. So what's really remarkable is
not when someone "sells out" - that's par for the course - but rather
when someone who starts out a radical stays a radical.
From that perspective, you could say I have good reason to try to be as
unremarkable as possible. It's not easy being a real leftist in America,
but it doesn't help if you're also born into the religion of what the
ascendant Right identifies as terrorist-lovin', lamp-rubbin',
towel-wearin' Muzzle'em(s) - or Muslims, if you want to get all
politically correct about it. Born into a Muslim family and committed to
a democratic socialism (best summed up in Marx's words as, "the
condition for the development of each is the development of all"), I
think I'd find myself in a less enviable position than most if the Right
has its way in America from here on out.
- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Alam080105.html>
Book Review: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
One of the few required readings I can vividly recall from my adolescent
years is James Baldwin's canonical, impassioned 1963 offering 'The Fire
Next Time.' That celebrated white antiracist activist and writer Tim
Wise would choose to begin each of the six chapters found in his highly
autobiographical monograph 'White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a
Privileged Son' with snippets of Baldwin's written words, lends the
title a high degree of legitimacy and seriousness.
- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Reviews/Foxworth080105.html>
The Twenty Year Curse
The recent revelation that a grenade was willingly tossed, that is to
say, aimed, George Bush's way on his visit to Georgia (Russia's Georgia,
not Jimmy Carter's Georgia, dummy) reminds me of an old American
political "urban legend." Although the grenade landed about 100 feet
away and officials claimed there was never any danger to the President,
history beckons that more such ploys can be expected in the near future.
However, based on the recent past, we may also assume the curse has
already taken its toll.
Way back in 1811, William Henry Harrison became a hero for his victory
at Tippecanoe and the nickname stuck. In 1840, he won the presidency,
and only a month after his inauguration, fell sick of pneumonia and died.
- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/History/Montgomery080105.html>
Problems of Our Political System
Robert M. Moore
Fat-cat politicians and partisan hacks often claim that the United
States is "the most democratic society in the world". I disagree.
Our polity is founded upon an electoral system that seems entirely
undemocratic - namely, a system in which a diverse electorate is forced
to choose between only two political parties. Under this electoral
system - often referred to as "first-past-the-post" or "majoritarian" -
many voters are denied the opportunity to cast their ballots for the
candidate that most closely mirrors their ideological sentiments.
- (Read full) <http://lefthook.org/Politics/Moore080105.html>
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