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The “New New Left” & Civil Disobedience: A Way Out?

Aaron Greenberg

In 1969, a graduate student in philosophy at Tufts University named 
Bruce Pech published an article, “Radical Disobedience and Its 
Justification,” which outlined how the civil disobedience done by the 
New Left and civil rights movements could be justified.

What Pech found was an apparent contradiction: groups questioned the 
legitimacy of the system but were willing to work within that system and 
commit civil disobedience in order to bring about official change. This 
was markedly different from traditional civil disobedience which 
accepted the legitimacy of the system it seeks to change. As the late 
political philosopher John Rawls defined it in his masterwork, A Theory 
of Justice, “The law is broken but fidelity to law is expressed by the 
public and nonviolent nature of the act, by the willingness to accept 
the legal consequences of one’s conduct.”

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Theory/Greenberg050505.html>

David Horowitz and the Hypocritical Attack on the US Academy

Deena Guzder

What do Jimmy Carter, Rashid Khalidi, Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama 
and Dennis Kucinich all have in common? According to David Horowitz, 
they’re ingeniously connected through a lethal leftwing conspiracy as 
delineated on his notorious website www.discoverthenetwork.org, which 
features unflattering mug shots of America’s most progressive pundits 
accompanied by scathing critiques of their political views. In short, 
Horowitz’s website seeks to mount preemptive character assassinations 
against any individual with whom the reactionary political commentator 
disagrees. David Horowitz spoke at Columbia University last Friday, 
April 29th to lecture students on—of all things—the worth of 
“ideological diversity.”

As the leader of the movement to strangle independent thought at US 
Universities, Horowitz adoption of the language of “Academic Freedom” is 
Orwellian doublethink at its worst.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Ground/Guzder050505.html>

Peak Oil: A Global Economy in Crisis

David Chege

The global oil market is making headlines with an increasing frequency 
these days, as rising gas costs dig into people’s pockets and the price 
of a barrel of oil continues its upward trajectory. While the 
administration talks of decreased reliance on foreign oil, the reality 
is that America has not been energy independent since the 70s oil crisis 
when it fell from a net producer to a net consumer of oil. When Saudi 
Arabia announces that its supergiant Ghawar oil field is declining in 
output every year [1], it is stating that it is beginning to undergo the 
same crisis of production that shocked the US economy three decades ago. 
Saudi oil is the keystone of world production, and Ghawar supplies 
nearly half of Saudi output. Everyone knows that the Middle East has 
lots of oil, but if we can't pump it out of the ground as fast as we use 
it, we are in for a tumultuous decade

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Theory/Chege050505.html>

Student Protest Prevents Annual ROTC Information Day at UW-Madison

Chelsea Lauing and Bill Linville

The Air Force Reverse Officer Training Corps (ROTC) annual information 
day on April 30 was cancelled. At the information day, students were “to 
learn about Air Force scholarship opportunities and Air Force careers” 
and receive free lunch, according to an e-mail sent out to the student 
body. According to Air Force ROTC representatives on campus, the event 
was cancelled due to the threat of a protest called by the University of 
Wisconsin-Madison group Stop the War.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Ground/Lauing050505.html>

Interview with Iraq Veterans Against the War Patrick Resta: 'sent into 
combat unequipped and unprepared'

Kevin Zeese

The voices of veterans who have served in Iraq is among the most 
important in convincing the public and government officials that the war 
in Iraq is wrong and the occupation must be ended. The interview below 
is with Patrick Resta of Iraq Veterans against the War. Patrick, who 
served as a combat medic in Iraq, is 26 years old and been married for 
five years. He grew up in central New Jersey and now lives in 
Philadelphia. He is a full time nursing student at the Community College 
of Philadelphia. His aunt and uncle were killed in the World Trade 
Center on September 11th and about three weeks later he was called to 
active duty as part of homeland security. He served for one year at Ft. 
Jackson, SC. Then when he began to get his life back to normal and less 
than one year after leaving Ft. Jackson he found out that he was being 
deployed again, this time to Iraq.

- (Read full) <http://www.lefthook.org/Interviews/Zeese050505.html>

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