[Marxism] Swans, March 28, 2005 release
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March 28, 2005 - In this issue:
Note from the Editor: Just imagine for a moment that you live on the
Cheyenne River Indian Reservation along the Mississippi River Basin, and
because of severe drought, no matter how much rain the spring brings, you'll
be out of drinking water by August. Then imagine every member of congress
and the president calling emergency sessions, enacting legislation and
acts of god to ensure that you and your people do not die of dehydration. If
the latter scenario is unimaginable, and for good reason, then the next
to ask is "What can I do? What will I do?" Michael DeLang looked deep
within and around himself, asking some very tough questions that deserve all
of our reflection. Phil Rockstroh asks another compelling question, what
would happen if we pulled the plugs on all the brain-dead in this country
in self-medicated Neverlands, getting fat off the unrelenting "freedom" to
and destroy? Those primordial powermongers can be found in the schoolyard
bullies; from the walls of Abu Ghraib to the halls of The Hague --
"Neidermeyer Nation," as Richard Macintosh describes it. (Welcome back,
Richard!) Those very bullies can also be the seemingly normal guy next door,
who turns out to be a serial killer in the likes of BTK, living a double life
conveyed in a chilling essay by Charles Marowitz.
Our Swans Café menu turns to the decomposition of US contemporary art
culture, in a conversation on film between two learned observers, David
Walsh, arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site (wsws.org) and
playwright/Swanswright John Steppling. A taste of creativity follows in the
form of a sing-along coined by Gerard Donnelly Smith for the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge with its coveted prize -- and it isn't the caribou... Art,
than retreating into blandness and conformity, can be used as a tool for
change. One tool to avoid, however, is the use and reuse of misquotations;
case in point, an out of context and widely used George F. Kennan
"quotation." Read the facts behind this quotation and, as always, check your
Anna Kuros brings her wide-ranging observations on the meaning of freedom,
all the way from Krakow, Poland, with a style and a keenness you do not
want to miss. Indeed, what's the meaning of freedom, for the rich, for the
poor? Is a Straussian like Walter Laqueur representative of what the West
means by freedom? Does what has been done to Iraq in our names
encompass freedom? Are all those wars past and present really about
freedom? Has the opening of ANWR to oil drilling anything to do with
freedom? Read Milo Clark, Nick DeVincenzo and Philip Greenspan, as they
fittingly complement Kuros's essay.
Then a bit of dry humor with Richard Oxman and on to the blips that tackle
quite a few amusing and all-too-serious topics, before ending with a
of letters that includes another solid Steppling review of the last
well as a long letter by Michael Roloff, a Handke scholar, on Charles
Marowitz's take on theater criticism.
As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes)
know about Swans.
Here are the links to all the pieces:
Facing Down The Demons: An Exercise in Self-Appraisal
- by Michael DeLang
Some Call It Freedom But It Smells Like Death
- by Phil Rockstroh
- by Richard Macintosh
BTK And The Double Life
- by Charles Marowitz
The Art And Politics Of Film
Conversation at the "Swans Café..."
- With John Steppling & David Walsh
The ANWR Sing-Along
- Poem by Gerard Donnelly Smith
Context And Accuracy
George F. Kennan's Famous "Quotation"
- by Gilles d'Aymery
The Unlearned Lesson Of Joseph K.
- by Anna Kuros
Puzzlement - Walter Laqueur Four
- by Milo Clark
A Marine Son's Story
- by Nicholas DeVincenzo
Scores for Wars: Where Have Wars Taken The U.S.?
- by Philip Greenspan
Spring In Mind
- by Milo Clark
Spreading Democracy Instead Of Gonorrhea: It's Infectious!
- by Richard Oxman
- by Gilles d'Aymery
Letters to the Editor (with John Steppling's review of our last issue)
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