[Marxism] Swans Release: September 7, 2009

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Swans Commentary http://www.swans.com/ September 7, 2009

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Note from the Editors:  There has been a recent uproar, if a scant news 
cycle  can be labeled thus, over Scotland's compassionate release of 
convicted Pan  Am Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi who is 
suffering from end- stage prostate cancer. Except it turns out that this 
"humanitarian" gesture  allegedly had more to do with securing BP's $900 
million oil exploration  contract with Libya than showing empathy for a 
dying man -- an interesting  backdrop for Gilles d'Aymery's Blips in 
which all politics is local,  diverting our efforts toward saving 
community health centers instead of  stopping the obscene military 
spending on ventures designed to preserve our  (i.e., the elites') way 
of life. Or as Michael Barker notes in his research  on modern-day 
slavery, capitalism has replaced the tangible slave shackles  with less 
visible means of social control, and humanitarian groups appear  more 
concerned with sustaining the capitalist elites than saving human life. 
  Charles Marowitz whittles it down to a less subtle conjecture on the 
fundamental division between the Stupid and the Smart, the former 
believing  that social reform equals dictatorship, while the latter take 
advantage of  the dumbing-down to further their agenda. As Femi 
Akomolafe puts it in his  dialogue on Nigeria's corruption, American 
wealth was built by robber barons  and other scalawags who make Nigerian 
politicians look angelic... Tiziano  Terzani's series of *Letters 
Against the War* continues to resonate with  Martin Murie, who concurs 
that a defense of diversity among nations, instead  of mindless 
uniformity built by market ideologies and the realities they  forge, is 
fundamental for a shift away from the rule of Empire.

Under the circumstances, the time has come for us to get some smarts, 
despite  all those cuts in education funds. We'll begin our curriculum 
with Peter  Byrne, who on this Labor Day reviews Harvey Pekar and Paul 
Buhle's  brilliantly conceived graphic tribute to the legendary Studs 
Terkel, after  which the ever-colorful Art Shay gives a rave review of 
*Inglourious  Basterds,* a make-believe account of a band of Jews' 
revenge against the  Nazis. Concermaster Isidor Saslav reports on Bard 
College's annual  Summerscape Festival, in which two operatic gems of 
converted Judaic culture  are revived in the context of this year's 
featured composer, the anti-Semitic  Richard Wagner. The poetry corner 
is edified by the primordial linguistic  blending of maestro Guido Monte 
and a dreamy offering by Jeffery Klaehn.  Finally, we learn from Raju 
Peddada's experiments in navigating the brazen  world of auto repairs. 
We close with your letters, in which Peter Byrne  answers the Saul 
Bellow debate, an uninsured reader responds to Jan  Baughman's socialism 
sardonicism, and Charles Marowitz bids good riddance to  Texas.

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

                                        # # # # #

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/desk089.html  Blips #89 - From the 
Martian Desk - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker30.html  Combating [Some] 
Slavery - Michael Barker

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/cmarow146.html  Smart Or Stupid? - 
Charles Marowitz

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/femia18.html  The Logic Of Corruption 
- Femi Akomolafe

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/murie78.html  *Hei Ram* (Oh God!) - 
Martin Murie

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/pbyrne108.html  Studs Reloaded - Book 
Review by Peter Byrne

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ashay14.html  Sick Glourious Basterds 
- Film Review by Art Shay

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/saslav14.html  The Great 
Meyerbeer-Mendelssohn Mystery - Isidor Saslav

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gmonte75.html  Chaos - Multilingual 
Poetry by Guido Monte

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/klaehn02.html  All My Life I've 
Dream(p)t Of You - Poetry by Jeffery Klaehn

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/rajup20.html  All Our Rough Rides - 
Raju Peddada

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/letter173.html  Letters to the Editor

                                            # # # # #

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Note from the Editors:  There has been a recent uproar, if a scant news 
cycle  can be labeled thus, over Scotland's compassionate release of 
convicted Pan  Am Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi who is 
suffering from end- stage prostate cancer. Except it turns out that this 
"humanitarian" gesture  allegedly had more to do with securing BP's $900 
million oil exploration  contract with Libya than showing empathy for a 
dying man -- an interesting  backdrop for Gilles d'Aymery's Blips in 
which all politics is local,  diverting our efforts toward saving 
community health centers instead of  stopping the obscene military 
spending on ventures designed to preserve our  (i.e., the elites') way 
of life. Or as Michael Barker notes in his research  on modern-day 
slavery, capitalism has replaced the tangible slave shackles  with less 
visible means of social control, and humanitarian groups appear  more 
concerned with sustaining the capitalist elites than saving human life. 
  Charles Marowitz whittles it down to a less subtle conjecture on the 
fundamental division between the Stupid and the Smart, the former 
believing  that social reform equals dictatorship, while the latter take 
advantage of  the dumbing-down to further their agenda. As Femi 
Akomolafe puts it in his  dialogue on Nigeria's corruption, American 
wealth was built by robber barons  and other scalawags who make Nigerian 
politicians look angelic... Tiziano  Terzani's series of *Letters 
Against the War* continues to resonate with  Martin Murie, who concurs 
that a defense of diversity among nations, instead  of mindless 
uniformity built by market ideologies and the realities they  forge, is 
fundamental for a shift away from the rule of Empire.

Under the circumstances, the time has come for us to get some smarts, 
despite  all those cuts in education funds. We'll begin our curriculum 
with Peter  Byrne, who on this Labor Day reviews Harvey Pekar and Paul 
Buhle's  brilliantly conceived graphic tribute to the legendary Studs 
Terkel, after  which the ever-colorful Art Shay gives a rave review of 
*Inglourious  Basterds,* a make-believe account of a band of Jews' 
revenge against the  Nazis. Concermaster Isidor Saslav reports on Bard 
College's annual  Summerscape Festival, in which two operatic gems of 
converted Judaic culture  are revived in the context of this year's 
featured composer, the anti-Semitic  Richard Wagner. The poetry corner 
is edified by the primordial linguistic  blending of maestro Guido Monte 
and a dreamy offering by Jeffery Klaehn.  Finally, we learn from Raju 
Peddada's experiments in navigating the brazen  world of auto repairs. 
We close with your letters, in which Peter Byrne  answers the Saul 
Bellow debate, an uninsured reader responds to Jan  Baughman's socialism 
sardonicism, and Charles Marowitz bids good riddance to  Texas.

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

                                        # # # # #

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/desk089.html  Blips #89 - From the 
Martian Desk - Gilles d'Aymery

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker30.html  Combating [Some] 
Slavery - Michael Barker

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/cmarow146.html  Smart Or Stupid? - 
Charles Marowitz

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/femia18.html  The Logic Of Corruption 
- Femi Akomolafe

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/murie78.html  *Hei Ram* (Oh God!) - 
Martin Murie

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/pbyrne108.html  Studs Reloaded - Book 
Review by Peter Byrne

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ashay14.html  Sick Glourious Basterds 
- Film Review by Art Shay

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/saslav14.html  The Great 
Meyerbeer-Mendelssohn Mystery - Isidor Saslav

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gmonte75.html  Chaos - Multilingual 
Poetry by Guido Monte

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/klaehn02.html  All My Life I've 
Dream(p)t Of You - Poetry by Jeffery Klaehn

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/rajup20.html  All Our Rough Rides - 
Raju Peddada

http://www.swans.com/library/art15/letter173.html  Letters to the Editor

                                            # # # # #

Please, consider supporting our co-operative work financially. See 
http://www.swans.com/about/donate.html

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commercial ad-free Web-only magazine which provides original content to 
its readers. We encourage pulp publications to republish Swans' Work in 
print format. Please contact the publisher at <aymery AT ix.netcom.com>. 
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