[Marxism] Swans Release, April 10, 2006

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 9 16:55:34 MDT 2006

April 10, 2006 -- In this issue:

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Okay, back to the Swanscast. Ahh, can you believe those French descending
in the streets to preserve their social security -- full (and free)
health benefits, job stability, "les congés payés" (six weeks of paid
holiday per year), retirement at 55? Dear, dear, dear, it's so passé! Why
can't they be like us, flexible Americans, with our great health plans if
any, two-week vacations, firing at will, retirement fast becoming a thing
of the past? Raymond Garcia explains the contrast between the two social
systems. Of course, if the French had a big stick and oil was pegged to
the euro rather than the dollar they could run huge deficits and compete
with our race to the bottom, but we are Numero Uno, from Iraq to, soon,
Iran. But, fat chance; we have the big stick so that we can stick it to
them, or your money back guaranteed. Dispossession is the name of the
game, says Milo Clark. He's right and we've mastered that game here in
the Brave New World. We ain't old Europeans, like the froggies. No sir,
tells Seth Sandronsky, we are the 21st century "herrenvolk," the master

Martin Murie offers a few vignettes of this old world, when Yugoslavia
was whole, and people had not yet been Americanized by our big stick. It
was a time when solidarity appealed to people more than individualism and
profits, and the citizenry was better informed thanks to a media that had
not yet corporatized. Phil Greenspan shows that this independent media
still exists today, but we have to seek it out and help it to keep
informing and expanding its reach by becoming more active and supportive.

Our Shakespeare expert, Charles Marowitz, has a fascinating piece worth
reading in light of the recent controversies around James Frey's "A
Million Little Pieces" and Elie Wiesel's "memoirs," "Night." Peter Byrne
writes from Italy on the latest film directed by Nanni Moretti, "Il
Caimano," which shows how low Italy has sunk in the era of Silvio
Berlusconi. Jacob Amir, at our request, read Michael Neumann's book
recently reviewed in these pages and shares his critical impressions.
George Beres reports on the volatile mix of religion and politics through
his reading of Kevin Phillips's latest book, American Theocracy.

We end with the potent poetry of Madeline Wiseman; some conspiratorial
humor from Deck Deckert's Martian friend; and tons of your letters,
including the conclusion of the conversation with Jacob Amir on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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


Paris: Center Of Anti-Corporate Globalization Today
- Raymond Garcia

Creative Destruction: From Iraq To Iran
Why the Coming Attack on Iran
- Gilles d'Aymery

Dispossession  - Milo Clark

Herrenvolk And Untermenschen Now And Then
- Seth Sandronsky

Yugoslav Glimpses  - Martin Murie

Public Access TV Can Fill The Void  - Philip Greenspan

Improving Shakespeare  - Charles Marowitz

Nanni Moretti's "Il Caimano" - Film Review by Peter Byrne

The Case Against "The Case Against Israel"
- Book Review by Jacob Amir

Kevin Phillips's "American Theocracy" - Book Review by George Beres

The Accident (for Kelso) - Poem by Laura Madeline Wiseman

A Martian Conspiracy  - Deck Deckert

Your Letters and conclusion of the discussion on Israel-Palestine


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