[Marxism] Left Hook Updated

M. Junaid Alam mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Wed Mar 2 12:38:21 MST 2005

  Latest Release: Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Youth Anti-War Actions Heat Up

As the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion approaches against the
backdrop of increasing US bellicosity against other Middle Eastern
states, anti-war student groups have started to mobilize and demonstrate
strongly against the war. In at least two cases, students have been
arrested for interfering with salesmen of death - military recruiters -
operating on campus. Below are news and inspiring ground reports of some
of the latest actions.

- (Read news & reports)

You're Right, You Are Nothing Alike: On Lynne Stewart

Ian Werkheiser

On Monday, February 14th, the head of New York's Republican Party
Stephen Minarik made a very inflammatory statement. "...the Democrats
simply have refused to learn the lessons of the past two election
cycles, and now they can be accurately called the party of Barbara
Boxer, Lynne Stewart and Howard Dean." Outrage was immediate and
intense. Howard Dean, the new head of the DNC, demanded that he either
retract his "character assassination" and apologize or resign. The
democratic blogosphere reposted the story decrying the Republican "Hate

Even George Pataki, the Republican of New York, scorned his fellow
Republican: "The Democratic Party doesn't have anything to do with Lynne
Stewart, obviously. She was found guilty of a heinous criminal act and
that is not something within the realm of appropriate political
discourse in New York state."...

So why is lumping the Democratic Party with Lynne Stewart such fighting
words? Who is this woman and traitor, this human pariah who taints
anyone associated with her?

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Werkheiser030205.html>

Privatizing Social Security to Boost Class Equity?

Seth Sandronsky

In his second term, President Bush continues to try and spend the
"political capital" that he claims to have earned by defeating Sen. John
Kerry last year. And who better to help the president than Alan
Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank? Officially, he now
backs Bush's plan for younger workers to invest, voluntarily, about
two-thirds of their Social Security payroll taxes in private accounts.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Politics/Sandronsky030205.html>

Contours of Conservative Hypocrisy: Part Three

M. Junaid Alam

We take a look at one last right-wing codeword for this series: the
dreaded "liberal elite."

*Liberal elite:*

An all-encompassing mythical boogeyman held responsible for every
problem in America, the "liberal elite" is ultimately a projection of
cultural-conservative angst. Cultural conservatives consider themselves
as victims, people seriously persecuted by a contemptuous, snobbish
cabal of better-educated, better-paid people ensconced mainly in
Hollywood, academia, and gay clubs nationwide, who indulge in fancy,
foreign-oriented brands and are disconnected from practical reality.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/History/Alam030205.html>

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