[Marxism] Swans Release: May 23, 2005

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 22 19:23:29 MDT 2005

May 23, 2005 -- In this issue:

Note from the Editor:  Latest Bushism: "As your generation takes its
place in the world, all of you must make this decision: Will you be a
spectator, or a citizen?" This rings of the familiar "you are either with
us or against us." Perhaps Bush's commencement speech at Calvin
College was a subliminal call to join the armed services! The provision
embedded in the No Child Left Behind Act permitting military
recruiters on school campuses will help to ensure that students will not
miss the boat. Need a high school diploma to join the Navy? They'll
get you a fake one. Can't pass the drug test required to fly an Air
Force jet? No problem! As the bogus (read desperate) recruiting
tactics gain wider attention, more and more parents and school
officials are protesting. Professor Gerard Donnelly Smith gives an
overview of the present situation, including the possibility for a draft or
other national service, in which the wealthy few will always find a

"There are rich people, who are the thinkers. There are blue-collar
people like us, who are the doers. And there are the poor people,
who don't do anything but will follow," said National Guard Sgt.
Daryell H. Ledford, as quoted in the New York Times. Ledford, who
favors a draft, is a dream come true for Bush & Co. He's a veritable
lemming who will follow the Great Leader's commands right into the
midst of the burning quagmire of torture and humiliation, while the top
brass escapes with nary a singed eyelash. That pornography of power
exists in all aspects of our commodified culture, leaving us with one of
two choices regarding our fate. Read Phil Rockstroh's creatively
contemplative and inspiring look at this Age of Carelessness. Dum
spiro, spero, Phil. Please keep inspiring us all...

Theatre, too, is suffering in this commodified culture and has taken on
a certain... blandness. Three people who would know, from the
playwright/director/critic perspective -- Martin Epstein, Charles
Marowitz, and John Steppling -- exchange views on the current state
of theatre. One suggestion made by Charles is that we need more
robust criticism, and he goes on to do just that with regard to our
talking-head news anchors in a separate, no-holds-barred article.
Philip Greenspan elaborates on how to find accurate news sources
amidst the slanted perspectives, and Jan Baughman looks at the spin
doctoring of the political transgressions in the news today. The black
and white discussions of how to shape Iraq's future take no heed from
its past -- the consensus is to stay there till the job is done (read, "till
there are no more oil riches to be pilfered") -- but the past will bite the
present with a vengeance... Milo Clark reviews Charles Glass's recent
article on the history of the geography and peoples of the region,
lending insight to the complexities at hand, the damage we have done
to entire cultures, and what's in store after the "end of the beginning."

A breath of fresh air in this publishing interval was George Galloway's
appearance before the Senate regarding the oil-for-food "scandal."
We are posting his testimony and highly recommend that you read it
and/or watch the video. We need more Galloways to stand up to the
bicephalous powers that be and set the record straight. See the
Editor's blips on this matter, the lies that led to the war in Iraq, and
more... Finally, Joe Davison's disquieting tale -- and it's not fiction, but
everyday reality for many immigrants; and R. M. Rilke's final letter to
a young poet. We close as usual with your letters and John Steppling's

As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and
foes) know about Swans.


Here are the links to all the pieces:

No Child Left Un-recruited
  - by Gerard Donnelly Smith

Love, Work, And Death In An Age Of Carelessness
  - by Phil Rockstroh

The Current State Of Theatre
A Conversation at the "Swans Café..."
  -With Martin Epstein, Charles Marowitz & John Steppling

Chris Matthews, The Interviewer As Mugger
  - by Charles Marowitz

Penetrating The Closed Mind With The Truth
  - by Philip Greenspan

Spinning Out Of Control: US Transgressions In The News
  - by Jan Baughman

Charles Glass On Mosul
  - by Milo Clark

Letters to a Young Poet  (Letter Ten)
  - by Rainer Maria Rilke

A Case Of Touch And Go
  - by Joe Davison

Blips #19
  - by Gilles d'Aymery

Statement to the US Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  - by George Galloway

  Letters to the Editor


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