[Marxism] Swans Release: April 6, 2009

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 5 15:13:50 MDT 2009


Swans Commentary http://www.swans.com/ April 6, 2009

The world's economy is tanking. Your wallet is getting thinner and you 
are  anxious about your future. So are we. Still, please visit our 
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Note from the Editors:  Let's begin with something totally different, 
something like a French Corner ("un coin français") that is all in 
French,  but for the introduction written by Gilles d'Aymery, 
courteously translated  by Marie Rennard. It's a new feature and 
experiment that will include the  sagacity of Simone Alié-Daram among 
others, and it will feature a few famous  texts. It might make little 
sense, but nowadays what makes sense, really? So  we start with Marie's 
polésie, André Malraux's sober words, and the humor of  Simone and that 
of socialist critical-utopian Charles Fourier. "Le coin  français" will 
appear on a monthly basis. Vive la France! Vive la différence!

Back to the Anglo-Saxon world, Michael Barker, using the non-existing, 
fast- dying notion of a Palestinian state as a prime example, offers a 
long but  fascinating article about the ongoing co-option of progressive 
human rights  groups. Aymery, having looked into the "real" numbers that 
no one wants to  acknowledge, follows up with a different kind of dying, 
the ongoing financial  meltdown that keeps benefiting those who created 
the mayhem. This piece ought  to be read by all, including our dear 
"leaders," as well as the commentariat  and gatekeepers. He then adds in 
his unheralded "Blips" a few more realities  about our oligarchs that 
are coming to the fore in the shape of a Catch-22.  Whether your 
optimism is up to par should be verified with his own take. Far  away, 
and yet next door, our "man in Africa," Femi Akomolafe, adds to the 
chorus. Who are the real pilferers? he asks before providing the answer. 
  Martin Murie, as always, calls upon our better selves. Shall we heed 
his  words?

We move on to the cultural epicenter of Swans with Peter Byrne's keen 
study  of the radical chic interpretations of Che Guevara that have 
reduced the  revolutionary's reality into commercial mythology. Charles 
Marowitz, in his  movie review, digs into yesteryears when Frost and 
Nixon had a go at power  and sycophancy. Guido Monte, at long last, 
invites us into his classroom for  a first-hand look at the process by 
which he creates his exceptional  multilingual work. Raju Peddada 
rummages through one of America's favorite  pastimes, baseball, and our 
undying love for the underdog. We conclude with a  poem by Scott Porter 
and your letters.

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http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ga267.html Introduction To The French 
Corner - Gilles d'Aymery  (traduction par Marie Rennard)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/marier28.html Vérification - Marie 
Rennard (FR)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/salie01.html Le Marché - Simone 
Alié-Daram (FR)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/xxx128.html Du fond de la nuit - 
André Malraux (FR)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/xxx129.html Tableau analytique du 
cocuage - Charles Fourier (FR)

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker17.html Who Wants A One World 
Government? - Michael Barker

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ga268.html The Dirty Little Financial 
Secret: The Reality no one Wants to Address - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/desk084.html Blips #84 - From the 
Martian Desk - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/femia08.html Feeling Sorry For 
Nigerian Scammers - Femi Akomolafe

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/murie67.html Power To The Planet's 
Peoples! - Martin Murie

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/pbyrne96.html I Am Che Guevara - 
Peter Byrne

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/cmarow134.html Frost/Nixon - Charles 
Marowitz

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gmonte65.html Linguistic Blending And 
Multilingual Education: Innovative Ways - Guido Monte

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/rajup11.html Take It With A Grin Of 
Salt - Raju Peddada

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/porter17.html The Fighter - Poem by 
R. Scott Porter

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/letter162.html Letters to the Editor

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