[Marxism] Swans Release: January 16, 2006

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 15 17:29:53 MST 2006

January 16, 2006 -- In this issue:

Note from the Editor: There comes a time, after scandal upon scandal,
indictments, smoking gun memos, evidence of blatant disregard for law,
mounting casualties, endless war, and pro-elite economic policies
bankrupting state and local governments, when one gives up thinking that
*this* will be the turning point for change and mark the beginning of the
end empire. Yet, the beast keeps gaining strength, and even Milo Clark
has begun to question his judgment and that of Leopold Kohr -- that
implosion is the predictable outcome of excesses. Still, one can easily
see the gradual erosion of infrastructure; case in point, the US health
care system, whose approach from avian flu preparedness to treatment of
military veterans and their families is laughable -- almost -- as Jan
Baughman laments.

No laughter occurs in response to just about anything written on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- whether a book review or letter to the
editor, daggers fly. Philip Greenspan describes the mainstream media's
effort to silence Norman Finkelstein, whose writings shatter the myths of
Zionists, and Michael Neumann responds to a criticism of his new book,
"The Case Against Israel," slung before the book was even released but
based on our recent review. There is more debate on this subject in the
letters to the editor, and surely more will follow.

Meantime, we present a review of Fran Shor's collection of essays in
"Bush-League Spectacles," which summarizes all the important events and
actions of the Bush administration from 2001 onward. Charles Marowitz
offers a superb look at Las Vegas in all its splendor, crime, and
pretension as metaphor for the Great American Dream; and our world of
make believe receives a visit from Deck Deckert's Martian friend Yyuran,
who observes all too clearly George W. Bush's affinity with

For the animal lovers among us, all of the above is put in perspective
when the loss of a companion strikes. Michael Yonchenko and his wife Lea
were devastated by the sudden death last week of their beloved bob.
Michael's heart-wrenching tribute shows how much these friends teach us.
 From the dog to the swan, our animals take care of us, and we must
respond in kind. Martin Murie contrasts a beautiful story of his
childhood surrounded by fieldwork in Yellowstone National Park and the
joy brought by the trumpeter swans with the current wilderness adventures
that are destroying that very wilderness.

Finally, Joe Middleton of Scotland's Independence First goes beyond Joe
Davison's recent advocacy for Scottish independence. No Blips this time
around, so we end with your letters.

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


What If I Got It Wrong? - by Milo Clark

A Votre Sante - by Jan Baughman

Norman Finkelstein In The Cross Hairs - by Philip Greenspan

Response To Jacob Amir - by Michael Neumann

Fran Shor's "Bush-League Spectacles" - by Gilles d'Aymery

Las Vegas: "When We Dead Awaken" - by Charles Marowitz

He Can Do What He Wants - by Deck Deckert

Goodbye "bob," Old Friend - by Michael Yonchenko

Trumpeters - by Martin Murie

Why Scotland Must Put Independence First - by Joe Middleton

Your Letters


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