[Marxism] Swans Release: June 16, 2008

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 15 17:22:09 MDT 2008

Swans Commentary
June 16, 2008

In this issue:

Note from the Editors: George W. Bush advised the Iraqi people on March 17,
2003: "We will tear down the apparatus of terror and we will help you to
build a new Iraq that is prosperous and free. In a free Iraq, there will be
no more wars of aggression against your neighbors, no more poison factories,
no more executions of dissidents, no more torture chambers and rape rooms.
The tyrant will soon be gone. The day of your liberation is near." We've seen
the outcome, and cringe in horror as the same liberating rhetoric is now
hurled at Iran. Carol Warner Christen's powerful essay examines the
devastating results when religion and free will collide in the name of power.
One of the consequences, which Charles Marowitz predicted four years ago, is
the increasing psychological trauma to the troops, adding yet another tragedy
to the dark legacy of the Bush-Cheney administration. The only true way to do
justice to this war's victims is to serve justice to this deadly duo. Gilles
d'Aymery explains how this can happen, given that impeachment is off the
table on which it was never placed (except by Dennis Kucinich). Despite Scott
McClelland's recent revelations about the lies and deception that brought
mayhem to us, the Iraqis, and the entire world, the corporate media provided
limited coverage of this self-indicting story. The chattering class moved on
to mourning when it lost its top-of-the-heap Citadel guard dog, a channeler
of deception himself. Louis Proyect exposes the less than tough-questioning
journalism that Tim Russert distilled when it really mattered.

To those holding their breath for change, Jan Baughman and Joel Hirschhorn
offer their perspectives on Ralph Nader and third-party candidates'
contributions to society throughout history, debunking (again) the spoiler
myth, when all they "spoil" is the duopoly's unchallenged power... And
speaking of challenging power, we received a late addition by South African
acclaimed author and political activist Xolela Mangcu to our Chicago 1968
Special Edition that puts the '68 Democratic Convention in the context of
Chicago politics and the civil rights movement and in parallel to apartheid
politics. For his part, Martin Murie examines the political parallels between
wolf and man -- communal, sometimes violent, survivalists...

In the cultural corner, Peter Byrne slogged through the swamp of post-9/11
literature at its best and worst; Guido Monte combines sad reality with
future hope in a Dostoevsky blending; high-school student, poet, and aspiring
novelist Michael Eddins reminds us of nature's beauty; and we close with your
letters, on Obama, Nader, Chicago '68, the talented Art Shay, the gorgeous
Florence Shay, and more.

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Who Is Like God?  -  Carol Warner Christen

Spoils Of War  -  Charles Marowitz

Bring Back Patrick Fitzgerald: Serve Mr. Bush to Justice  -  Gilles d'Aymery

Tim Russert In Retrospect  -  Louis Proyect

Who's Party Are We Spoiling?  -  Jan Baughman

Fighting Resistance To Voting for Ralph Nader  -  Joel S. Hirschhorn

How To Help The Nader-Gonzalez '08 Campaign - Gilles d'Aymery & Jan Baughman

Harold Washington: A Mainstream Radical Against The Machine - Xolela Mangcu

Wolves And Us  -  Martin Murie

9/11 In The Swamp  -  Book Review by Peter Byrne

Today  -  Poem by Guido Monte

Nature  -  Poem by Michael Eddins

Letters to the Editor

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