[Marxism] Swans Release: July 4 2011

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 3 16:52:17 MDT 2011

Welcome to Swans Commentary http://www.swans.com/ July 4, 2011

$$$ Many thanks to John McVey for his financial contribution. $$$

Note from the Editors:   On June 22, 2011, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke 
reflected that he did not "have a precise read on why this slower pace 
of growth is persisting." Gilles d'Aymery worked diligently to explain 
the whys, but got sidetracked by editing issues and other matters, so 
you'll have to wait for the explanation. But in the meantime, we are 
re-posting his three-part series on why the economy is not coming back. 
Published in 2010, his analysis stands pretty solid. Perhaps readers 
could send a copy to Mr. Bernanke at the Fed. It's never too late to 
teach and to learn! There is still much to learn from the 1971 Stanford 
Prison Experiment, particularly as it pertains to the torture we profess 
not to commit (one cannot help but think of Abu Ghraib). Michael Barker 
presents Part I of a series on one of the best known psychological 
experiments ever performed.

Turning to culture, Paul Buhle reviews Kim Scipes's book that 
recuperates the evidence of intelligence activities among American 
labor's elite for the last half century or so and offers some guidelines 
for understanding its deeper significance, while Peter Byrne takes on, 
in his typical amusing style, the ego- sodden exchange between Michel 
Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy in their book, "Public Enemies: 
Dueling Writers Take On Each Other and the World." Jan Baughman provides 
an otherwise humorous account of Swans publishers' ongoing struggle to 
have the Sunday New York Times delivered to their rural home -- perhaps 
a symptom of the demise of print journalism, or just bad customer 
service. New contributor Jana Hill describes her return to the 
neighborhood of Overtown, Miami, whose honesty and dirt she finds 
ravishing. Next we're off to the theatre, first with Charles Marowitz 
for Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," which takes a break from hilarity 
with its high degree of snob appeal; and next with Femi Akomolafe and 
the more somber "Surprising Europe," along with Femi's interview of its 
subject, Ssuuna Golooba, who emigrated from Uganda to the Netherlands 
for a better life, only to find himself, like most African immigrants, 
in a bewildering and hostile environment. Then we turn to Part II of 
Raju Peddada's series on inattentive children in which he examines some 
of the famous examples of those whose potential could never be 
accurately prognosticated.

In the French corner, Marie Rennard writes a short love story between an 
American and a French woman (not what you'd think); Christian Cottard 
considers the happiness that comes from the simple things like water, 
honey, and stars; and Simone Alié-Daram explains the concept of 
resilience. We close with the poetry of Claudine Giovannoni & Guido 
Monte, who describe the questions about the fate and the internal human 
power to fly without wings, and your letters on Harvey E. Whitney, Jr.'s 
"The State of Education in America," and confirmation from Italy and 
France that conditions are no better there.

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