[Marxism] Swans Release: March 23, 2009

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Mar 22 16:54:04 MDT 2009


Swans Commentary http://www.swans.com/ March 23, 2009

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Note from the Editors:  "If all economists were laid end to end, they 
would  not reach a conclusion," quipped George Bernard Shaw, who must be 
turning in  his grave over the global financial crisis, the increasingly 
obscene transfer  of money from the working class to the privileged few, 
and the "socialistic"  epithets that have successfully transformed the 
idea of universal health care  in America into a sinister and 
threatening ideal. More on the current crisis  later -- let's begin with 
a Shavian retrospective by a few of his Swans  admirers, beginning with 
Isidor Saslav, whose story describes the infatuation  that began as a 
teen, influenced him as an adult, and inspired a collection  of over 
8,000 items, mostly books, which he's traveled far and wide to 
discover. Peter Byrne explores Shaw's rebellion, the family roots that 
shaped  it, and the sociopolitical views of this creative rebel. Charles 
Marowitz,  whose connections to Shaw are also covered by Saslav and 
Byrne, reviews the  recent revival of "Candida" and ponders the 
contemporary relevance of GBS --  a similar question posed by Louis 
Proyect, who watched six film adaptations  of Shaw's work to find the 
answer. Finally, Art Shay, who like George Bernard  Shaw does not suffer 
amateurs lightly, shares humorous antidotes of those  would-be 
playwrights and photographers that hounded each of them over the  years. 
Enjoy this wonderful retrospective of a personage whose influence is 
sorely needed today, then get out and rebel for change!

Winds of change are systematically blowing away the newspaper industry, 
and  one recent casualty is The Canyon Country Zephyr, whose digital 
debut is  welcomed by Martin Murie and Gilles d'Aymery, with some 
additional thoughts  on the demise of "dead-trees publications" by 
Aymery. Michael Barker unravels  the arguments used by G. William 
Domhoff in his advice to the Left to stop  blaming the media for 
manufacturing public consent for elite interests, while  Michael Doliner 
manufactures consent for public interest in his innovative  solution to 
the financial crisis that challenges the elite to their own game. 
Western interests are certainly well represented in the mainstream media 
when  it comes to justifying its imperialism, so it is appropriate to 
turn to our  Ghanaian reporter, Femi Akomolafe, for an understanding of 
Zimabweans'  support for Robert Mugabe and their view of Western hypocrisy.

 >From the culture corner, Raju Peddada recalls his childhood bliss of 
going to  the movies with his father, and Guido Monte describes, 
poetically, our  indifference in front of world calamities such as 
poverty. Scott Porter  offers his take on the financial crisis and the 
mind change that will cure  it, which brings us back to the beginning 
and the global financial meltdown.  Our Martian Blips report on what the 
mainstream media doesn't, from the near- collapse of the global money 
market revealed by Representative Paul  Kanjorski; following the bailout 
money, where all roads lead to Goldman  Sachs; the not-so-coincidental 
takedown of Eliot Spitzer; to the endangered  FDIC and the expanding US 
federal debt, and more.

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http://www.swans.com/library/art15/saslav12.html How I found Shaw - 
Isidor Saslav

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/pbyrne95.html GBS: The Future Of A 
Rebel - Peter Byrne

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/cmarow133.html Probing GBS - Charles 
Marowitz

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/lproy53.html A Guide To G. B. Shaw On 
Home Video - Louis Proyect

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ashay10.html Giftless Amateurs Bug 
Shaw And Shay - Art Shay

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/murie66.html Welcome To The Digital 
"Zephyr" - Martin Murie

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ga266.html A New Zephyr Breezes Over 
The Worldwide Prairie - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker16.html Blame The Media - 
Michael Barker

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/mdolin42.html Feral Reserve: My 
Solution To The Financial Crisis - Michael Doliner

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/femia07.html Zimbabwe: Constructive 
Engagement - Femi Akomolafe

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/rajup10.html With My Father, To Where 
Eagles Dare - Raju Peddada

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gmonte64.html Poverty - Far - 
Multilingual Poem by Guido Monte

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/porter16.html Social Democracy, 
Anyone? - R. Scott Porter

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/desk083.html Blips #83 - From the 
Martian Desk - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/letter161.html Letters to the Editor

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