[Marxism] Swans Release: October 24, 2005

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Oct 23 17:50:52 MDT 2005

October 24, 2005 -- SPECIAL  ISSUE --

Note from the Editor:   In an August 2, 2005 TomDispatch release, a
reader wrote upon learning of the death of a friend's son in Iraq, "I
broke down and cried. . . . . I found I was crying not so much for the
senseless loss of a young life, or even the grief our friends would bear.
As I thought about it, I was crying for our country. What have we
come to?"

The next day, August 3, the New York Times published a letter in
which the reader, addressing Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, the Iraq war,
asserted, "[L]et's start down the road that allows Americans to be
proud of who we are and what we stand for."

"What have we come to? Who are we? And what do we stand for?"
We are dedicating this Special Issue to finding a few answers to these
questions. As you should expect, the opinions are as eclectic as the
assortment of contributors who express them, yet common themes
emerge among these "State of the Union" addresses.

We end up with your letters (no Blips this time around), and we will
publish all the rejoinders we receive regarding this current issue. Have
your pens -- or keyboards -- ready!

(A short prediction about Judith Miller: It will eventually turn out that
Ms. Miller was the William Laurence of the Operation Iraqi
Occupation, funneling the administration's disinformation, and that the
current publisher of the New York Times walked in the same steps as
his father in 1945. Whether 1945 or 2005 the Gray Lady has always
been defending the war machine and the happy few... Liberalism at its

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


Theocracy. Hypocrisy. Plutocracy.
  - Jan Baughman

The Dark Side
  - Milo Clark

The United Corporate States of America
  - Raymond Garcia

The American Experiment, Really?
  - by Gilles d'Aymery

To Hell In A Hand Basket
  - Gerard Donnelly Smith

What Have We Become? Not Better -- Zombie Nation
  - John Steppling

Soup Of The Evening, Beautiful Soup
  - Michael Doliner

U.S.: A Psychological Profile
  - Charles Marowitz

The Best Of Times
  - Deck Deckert

The Corporate-Owned Ivory Tower: An Omen
  - Audra Himes

Where Is The Left In The U.S.?
  - Robert Wrubel

Crisis: Depravity Of The Leaders, Obedience Of The Citizens
  - Philip Greenspan

Do Workers Understand Their Class Interests?
  - Louis Proyect

The Terms Of My Surrender...
  - Michael DeLang

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