Subject: ON THE NATURE OF THE BEAST: FROM THE
CENTER FOR THE ADVANCED STUDY OF AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS AND SOCIAL
MOVEMENTS, GRENOBLE, FRANCE.
22 May 2006
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We have all heard the ancient Indian parable of the "
Blind Men and the Elephant
which begins : A number of disciples went to the Buddha and said, "Sir,
there are living here in Savatthi many wandering hermits and scholars
who indulge in constant dispute, some saying that the world is infinite
and eternal and others that it is finite and not eternal, some saying
that the soul dies with the body and others that it lives on forever,
and so forth. What, Sir, would you say concerning them?"
The Buddha answered, "Once upon a time there was a certain raja who
called to his servant and said, 'Come, good fellow, go and gather
together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind...
and show them an elephant.'
In our contemporary era, witnessing the demise of the First
Republic of the United States of America
, what better way to tell
the story of fragmentation and powerlessness in a weakened democracy
than in the words of this ancient parable.
Of particular interest for understanding capitalism are the wars of the
20th century. Examined from different perspectives, their unique causes
take on very different features, but, when looked at as a whole and
placed in a larger context, these causes can be recognized as various
aspects of the same extended warfare that capital wages against
most of us all the time
in its quest for new opportunities for
greater private profits. [Please visit William Blum's May 21st
Newsletter: The Anti-Empire Report,
Bertell Ollman, in his recent book, Dance
of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method
, invites readers to
locate the many levels of abstraction which Marxist methodology
employs. Ollman argues that there is, indeed, a multiplicity of mutually
rather than either/or
rules of reasoning) --like the man
who is also a father,
who is also a brother
, who is also a youngest son
is also a cancer patient
, a baseball enthusiast
, a husband
, a Christian
, an American
, and an unemployed
worker, etc., etc..
-- all of which correspond to reality and
have their inner-related influences on one another and the whole. Those
elements which we choose to abstract from this unified reality are
determined by our priorities, which in turn originate sometimes from
our own authentic self-interests, but also often from the interests of
others, who do not have our well-being in mind.
According to Ollman, social class consciousness
from this recognition of collective self-interests
, and the
ability to construct a strategy which would include protection against
those forces of ill-will that would dominate, exploit, or destroy some
of us. When such forces are clearly recognized, and the nature of the
conflicting social class interests well defined, then strategies and
tactics evolve simply through matter-of-fact conversations in a context
of mutual respect, without the need for command and compliance
styles of communication.
Below, we have recent mail which demonstrates that our many friends of
humanity are still fully engaged in "doing the right thing."
is a communication sent to
us by Congresswoman Barbara Lee who was recently arrested by police in
Sudan along with six other Afro-American lawmakers protesting the mass
murders now taking place in the Darfur region of that country, despite
the much publicized peace agreements.
is a letter from
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Dem. Minnesota 4th District) to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) whom she has accused of vicious slander and has banned from
visiting her office.
is a letter to President Bush by HBO
comedian & news commentator Bill
Maher, forwarded to us
by Professor John Gerassi.
is a podcast
interview with veteran progressive activist Sam Smith, author of Why Bother?: Getting a Life in a
sent to us by George Kenney.
interview with Howard Zinn published in Tikkun
forwarded to us by Dr. Michael True.
is an exchange between
Francis Feeley and San Diego community organizer Monty
on "decadence" and "dialectics".
is a link to more Abu Ghraib
posted by Dar Jamail.
And finally, item H.
, is a petition sent
to us by Jon Beeken, protesting the PASCUA LAMA
PROJECT, where the U.S.
transnational corporation, Barrick
Gold (with George Bush père's name on the stockholder's
list), threatens to destroy the Valle de San Felix and the source
of the purest water in Chile.
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Université Stendhal - Grenoble 3
From: "Barbara Lee" <email@example.com>
Subject: Congresswoman Barbara Lee and CBC Members Arrested in Darfur
Protest at Sudanese Embassy.
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and CBC Members Arrested in
Darfur Protest at Sudanese Embassy
Dear Friend and Supporter,
7 HOUSE MEMBERS ARRESTED AT SUDAN EMBASSY By FREDERIC J. FROMMER,
Associated Press Tuesday, May 16, 2006 WASHINGTON (AP) - Seven members
of the Congressional Black Caucus were arrested at the Embassy of Sudan
on Tuesday while protesting conditions in the nation's Darfur region.
"We will not tolerate genocide," said Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., the caucus
chairman. "We are saying to Sudan this has got to stop." The seven were
taken away in Secret Service cars after blocking the entrance to an
embassy. They were released a short time later after paying $50 fines.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., wore a green T-shirt that read, "End the
Darfur Genocide." Lee said she visited the Darfur region, where "I saw
the desperation in the eyes of the people." The Sudanese government and
main Darfur rebel group signed an agreement on May 5 to end Darfur's
three-year civil war, which has killed at least 180,000 and displaced
some 2 million people. But there have been several attacks since the
signing, U.N. officials said. Khidir Haroun Ahmed, Sudan's ambassador
to the United States, called the protest "unfortunate." "We think the
effort should be exerted toward persuading the other two rebel
movements to sign the peace agreement," he said. A splinter faction of
the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement and the rebel Justice and Equality
Movement have resisted pressure to join the agreement. Tuesday's
protesters said they want an end to the violence; accountability for
those responsible; U.N. peacekeepers; distribution of food to help
prevent starvation; and full implementation of the peace agreement.
"Enough is enough," said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. "We must do all we can
to stop the violence." The other lawmakers arrested Tuesday were Reps.
Al Green, D-Texas, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Gwen Moore, D-Wis.,
and District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat.
The lawmakers held the rally on the steps of the embassy with the
intention of getting arrested. The Secret Service was given advance
notice, and let the lawmakers take questions for several minutes before
arresting them. Last month, five other House members were arrested
after a similar protest at the embassy. Darfur has been torn by
violence since rebel groups made up of ethnic Africans rose up against
the Arab-led Khartoum government in 2003. The government is accused of
responding by unleashing Arab militias known as the Janjaweed who have
been accused of some of the war's worst atrocities. Khartoum denies
backing the Janjaweed but has said it will try to rein them in since
the deal was signed.
Barbara Lee for Congress 1736 Franklin Street
Suite 500 Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-663-1207 Fax: 510-663-1573 Web site: http://www.leeforcongress.org
From: Council for the National Interest Foundation
Subject: TAKE ACTION: Rep. McCollum (MN-4) Dares to Speak Out Against
TAKE ACTION: AIPAC
Banned by Rep. McCollum (MN-4)
TAKE ACTION: Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-4th district) has banned the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from her office until she
receives a formal, written apology from AIPAC for equating her vote in
the House International Relations Committee against HR 4681, the
Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, with "support for terrorists."
The following "Letter to AIPAC" from Rep. McCollum will be published in
the June 8th edition of the New York Review of Books with a long
piece by Michael Massing ("The Storm over the Israel Lobby").
Massing includes the letter as evidence to support his thesis that the
tactics of the Israel lobby are harsh, and often extremely effective,
in pursuing its objectives: "to keep Israel strong, the Palestinians
weak, and the United States from exerting pressure on Israel." Both
items are essential reading.
Please take a moment to thank Rep. McCollum for her stance against HR
4681 and for her courage to stand up to AIPAC's attempts to smear her
and stifle debate. You can call her office directly at 202-225-6631
or call the Capitol switchboard toll-free at 1-888-355-3588 and
ask to be transferred to her office.
If no one is able to take your call, please leave a brief message of
thanks along with your name and address so that Rep. McCollum can get
in touch with you. Please call today!
New York Review of Books
A LETTER TO AIPAC
The letter below was sent by
Representative Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota, to the
executive director of AIPAC. The bill mentioned, H.R. 4681, the
Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006, would place so many restraints
on aid to the Palestinian people, and so many restrictions on the
administration's ability to deal with the Palestinians, that even the
State Department has opposed it. AIPAC has strongly backed it. The
Senate version of the bill, S. 2237, would allow the administration far
more flexibility. On April 6, the House International Relations
Committee passed H.R. 4681 by a vote of 36 to 2; McCollum was one of
the two nays. As of May 11, AIPAC has yet to respond to her demand for
Mr. Howard Kohr
April 10, 2006
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
440 First Street, NW; Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dear Mr. Kohr:
During my nineteen years serving in elected office, including the past
five years as a Member of Congress, never has my name and reputation
been maligned or smeared as it was last week by a representative of
AIPAC. Last Friday, during a call with my chief of staff, an AIPAC
representative from Minnesota who has frequently lobbied me on behalf
of your organization stated, "on behalf of herself, the Jewish
community, AIPAC, and the voters of the Fourth District, Congresswoman
McCollum's support for terrorists will not be tolerated."
Ironically, this individual, who does not even live in my congressional
district, feels free to speak for my constituents.
This response may have been the result of extreme emotion or irrational
passion, but regardless, it is a hateful attack that is vile and
offensive to me and the families I represent. I call on AIPAC to
immediately condemn this un-American attack and disavow any attempt to
use this type of threat and intimidation to stifle legitimate policy
differences. I will not stand to be labeled or threatened in a manner
that questions my patriotism or my oath of office.
Last week, I did vote against H.R. 4681 during mark-up of the
bill in the House International Relations Committee. As a Member of
Congress sworn to uphold the Constitution, and ensure the security of
the US and represent the values and beliefs of the constituents who I
serve, it was my view that H.R. 4681 goes beyond the State
Department's current policies toward Hamas and the Palestinian
Authority and potentially undermines the US position vis-à-vis
the coordinated international pressure on Hamas. The language contained
in S. 2237 accurately reflects my position.
Keeping diplomatic pressure on Hamas to renounce terrorism, recognize
the State of Israel, dismantle terrorist infrastructure, and honor past
agreements and treaty obligations, while preventing a humanitarian
crisis among the Palestinian people, are all policy goals already
strongly supported by myself, the Bush administration, Congress and the
American people. But, if the purpose of H.R. 4681 was to send
another strong message to Hamas and the Palestinian people, as Congress
already has sent with the passage of S. Con. Res. 79, then I
disagree with the vehicle for that message. In my opinion, Congress
should be articulating clear support for the Secretary of State's
present course of action; not creating a new law which likely
diminishes the diplomatic tools needed to advance US policy goals with
regard to the Palestinian people, potentially cuts US funding to the
United Nations, and largely restates current law while creating
on-going and burdensome unfunded reporting requirements.
As you well know, in Congress we do not shy away from condemning the
vile words of despots and dictators who use anti-Semitism as a weapon
to incite hatred, fear and violence. AIPAC should not have a lower
standard for persons affiliated and representing its organization when
they label a Member of Congress who thinks for herself and always puts
the interest of our nation and people first a supporter of terrorists.
You and your colleagues at AIPAC have the right to disagree with my
position on any piece of legislation, but for an AIPAC representative
to say that I would ever vote to support Middle East terrorists over
the interests of my country will never be tolerated by me or the
families I serve. This incident rises to a level in which a formal,
written apology is required.
Mr. Kohr, I am a supporter of a strong US-Israeli relationship and my
voting record speaks for itself. This will not change. But until I
receive a formal, written apology from your organization I must inform
you that AIPAC representatives are not welcome in my offices or for
meetings with my staff.
Member of Congress
4th District, Minnesota
Council for the National Interest Foundation
1250 4th Street SW, Suite WG-1
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
from John Gerassi :
20 May 2006
Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you anymore. There's no
more money to spend. You used up all of that. You can't start another
war because you also used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest
of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.
Yeah, listen to your mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit card's maxed
out, and no one is speaking to you: mission accomplished! Now it's time
to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like
you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the
baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job.
How about cowboy or spaceman?!
Now, I know what you're saying. You're saying that there's so many
other things that you, as president, could involve yourself in...Please
don't. I know, I know, there's a lot left to do. There's a war with
Venezuela, and eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space
program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving
embryos the vote. But, sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why?
Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly
I'm surprised you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe
that walks like a man.
Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an
entire metropolis to rising water and snakes.
On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four
airliners, two Trade Centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of
New Orleans...Maybe you're just not lucky!
I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much
worse it could be if you were on the other side. So, yes, God does
speak to you, and what he's saying is, "Take a hint."
from George Kenney <firstname.lastname@example.org> :
Subject: Podcast interview with Sam Smith
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006
I thought I'd alert you to a podcast
interview I posted this morning, with the veteran progressive writer
and activist Sam Smith. It should be of great interest to people who
work at grass-roots organizing.
from Michael True :
18 May 2006
Just a note on your increasing fame in
the U.S., as Peacework reprints my "Letter from France," with other
portions to be picked up later by the Catholic Worker in
NYC. But, also, unless I can correct my careless spelling,
you will be famous as "Frances Feeney," rather than Francis
I heard from Michele, and go to
Northfield Mt. Herman Prep this evening, to do a "show" of slides, "The
Amerian Tradition of Nonviolence," with Charlie King and Karen Baucher
singing appropriate folks songs along the way. I'll let you
know of our Broadway opening--it's only a matter of time.
Howard had one of his best interviews
ever in the latest issue of Tikkun--you can also read it on the
Howard Zinn on Fixing What's
By Shelly R. Fredman |
- "People think there must be some magical
tactic, beyond the traditional ones - protests, demonstrations, vigils,
civil disobedience - but there is no magical panacea, only
- When I arrived at Boston
University in 1978, it was like showing up at a party after all the
guests had gone home. The Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War
protests were over, and everyone around me was studying business and
honing their resumes. The Sixties had died. All the activists were
- Except for Howard Zinn. You
could sign up for Zinn's classes, "Marxism" and "Anarchism," and there,
every Tuesday and Thursday, you could hear the stories no one else
would tell you: Columbus's arrival on these shores from the Arawak
Indian's point of view, Emma Goldman's message to the unemployed in
Union Square, black students in Greensboro, NC, who one day sat down at
the Woolworth's counter where only whites could eat.
- Now, some twenty years
later, in the wake of Katrina, mired in Bush's reckless reign and the
ever-escalating death toll in Iraq, it seemed a good time to revisit
- Best known for A People's
History of the United States, Howard Zinn has been a professor, radical
historian, social activist, and intellectual leader of the Left for
forty years. In over twenty books, he has devoted himself to connecting
America's past with its present, providing a frame for left-wing
activism and politics. Praised by academics and lay readers alike, Zinn
feels more at home on the streets than in the ivory tower.
- Zinn's message of hope is
unflinching, and he is busier than ever. He has written a play, "Marx
in Soho," is producing a People's History of the United States
television series, and his new book, Original Zinn, will be released in
- He seems to have stashed De
Leon's fountain of youth in his back pocket. Though we are seated at a
small table drinking coffee, occasionally he still moves his large
hands through the air, as he did in class, underscoring the urgency of
his words. And at the end of his most radical sentences, a wry smile
lights up his eyes, as if he's imagining the glorious trouble we the
people can, and will, make.
- Shelly R. Fredman: I'd like
to start by asking you about Michael Lerner's new book, The Left Hand
of God. In it, Lerner says that, post 9/11, a paradigm of fear has
gripped our culture and been used to manipulate the public into
supporting politicians who are more militaristic. How would you
characterize the post-9/11 world?
- Howard Zinn: Michael Lerner
is certainly right about how fear has been used since 9/11 to push the
public into support of war. "Terrorism" is used the way "communism" was
used all through the Cold War, the result being the deaths of millions
and a nuclear arms race which wasted trillions of dollars that could
have been used to create a truly good society for all.
- SF: Lerner also claims that
the parts of our cultural heritage that embody elements of hope are
dismissed as naïve, with little to teach us. You must have had
your own bouts with critics who see your vision as naïve. How do
you address them?
- HZ: It's true that any talk
of hope is dismissed as naïve, but that's because we tend to look
at the surface of things at any given time. And the surface almost
always looks grim. The charge of naïvete also comes from a loss of
historical perspective. History shows that what is considered
naïve in one decade becomes reality in another.
- How much hope was there for
black people in the South in the fifties? At the start of the Vietnam
War, anyone who thought the monster war machine could be stopped seemed
naïve. When I was in South Africa in 1982, and apartheid was fully
entrenched, it seemed naïve to think that it would be dissolved
and even more naïve to think that Mandela would become president.
But in all those cases, anyone looking under the surface would have
seen currents of potential change bubbling and growing.
- SF: Has the Left responded
adequately to the kind of fascism we see coming from Bush's people?
Street protests seem to be ineffective; it's sometimes disheartening.
- HZ: The responses are never
adequate, until they build and build and something changes. People very
often think that there must be some magical tactic, beyond the
traditional ones - protests, demonstrations, vigils, civil disobedience
- but there is no magical panacea, only persistence in continuing and
escalating the usual tactics of protest and resistance. The end of the
Vietnam War did not come because the Left suddenly did something new
and dramatic, but because all of the actions built up over time.
- If you listen to the media,
you get no sense of what's happening. I speak to groups of people in
different parts of the country. I was in Austin, Texas recently and a
thousand people showed up. I believe people are basically decent, they
just lack information.
- SF: You have been outspoken
against the war in Iraq. Despite all the chaos we've heard may ensue,
do you still believe we should get out of Iraq now?
- HZ: Yes, we should
immediately withdraw. There will be chaos ... it is actually there
already, and much of the chaos and violence has come about because of
our involvement. But that doesn't change the fact that our occupation
of Iraq is wrong.
- What's more troubling [than
a military mistake] is that this is an administration that is
impervious to pressure. If you listen to LBJ's tapes, where he
discusses the escalation of the war in Vietnam, you can hear that he is
- Still, the good news is that
more and more of us are becoming aware of Bush's true nature. Less than
fifty percent of Americans are for the war, and forty percent are
calling for [Bush's] impeachment.
- SF: Where do you see the
Democrats in all this? What of their role, their responsibility?
- HZ: The Democratic Party is
pitiful. Not only are they not articulating a spiritual message, as
Lerner says, they don't even have a political message. The Democrats
are tied to corporate wealth. And they are incompetent when it comes to
understanding how to win elections. By the time Kerry ran, the public
had actually shifted. Fifty percent were against the war. The Democrats
should have been saying they would end the war, and make those dollars
available for healthcare.
- SF: What about the upcoming
crop of presidential candidates - Hillary Clinton, for instance?
- HZ: Hillary Clinton is so
opportunistic. She goes where the wind is blowing. She doesn't say what
needs to be said. And Barack Obama is cautious. He's better than
Clinton, but I'd suggest Marian Wright Edelman as the Democratic
candidate for president. She's the epitome of what we need. A very
smart black woman who deals with children, poverty.... She's in the
trenches, and she ties it in with militarization. But she doesn't come
out of government.
- That's another problem - the
Democratic Party is a closed circle. It may take a threatening third
party to shake things up.
- SF: Many people believe that
history is a pendulum, and that we are overdue for a swing to the Left.
Lerner, for instance, views American history as an oscillation between
the voices of hope and the voices of fear - the fear after the stock
market crash in 1929, the hope of the New Deal, the fears of
McCarthyism, the hope of the Civil Rights movement and social change
movements in the sixties. Is this a compelling view of history?
- HZ: Without making it
chronological, like a roller coaster, with predictable ups and downs,
it's certainly true that in any period there are voices that demand
maintenance of the status quo, and other voices demanding change. In
other words, it isn't so much a period of hope, then a period of fear,
etc. But in every period there are both tendencies, with one or another
dominant and the dominant characteristic often leads to a simplified
picture of an era.
- My differences with Lerner,
though, reside in the proportion of attention he pays to spiritual
values. These are important, but they're not the critical issue. The
issue is how are people living and dying. People are dying in Iraq and
our wealth is being squandered on war and the military budget.
- SF: Don't you believe the
Left needs to address spiritual needs to win? How else can we galvanize
the heartland, people taken in by the religious rhetoric of Bush?
- HZ: Yes, there are special
needs and they need to be addressed. But after the last election there
was a kind of hysteria among liberal pundits about a "failure" to deal
with the moral issues. There is a hard core for whom religion is key.
They are maybe twenty-five percent of the population. It's a mistake to
try to appeal to that hard core.
- I define the spiritual in
emotional terms - to the extent that religion can draw on the Ten
Commandments (for example, thou shalt not kill), it is important. And I
find the spiritual in the arts, because they nourish the spirit and
move people. Artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, for example, and now
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. We need more of these.
- It's not that people are
turned off by the Left. The Left hasn't reached out to people with a
clear, coherent, and emotional message. The Left often does not know
how to talk to other people. Tikkun magazine appeals to intellectuals.
I've never spoken the language of ivory tower academics. And there are
other voices on the Left that speak in understandable language. For
instance, Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, in which she took
menial jobs across the country and wrote about those lives, was a
bestseller. There's an emotionalism to her message that makes contact
and touches thousands. Michael Moore's movies have been seen by all
sorts of people. GI's in Iraq watched his movie. We just have to do
more along those lines.
- SF: Many on the Left seem to
identify religion with the fundamentalist versions of it we see in the
worst moments of human history. Do you see any value in religious ideas
and traditions? If I can get personal: do you identify at all as a Jew,
with the Jewish story? Is there anything in it that's meaningful to
you? Are there any thoughts of the world beyond this one - where, for
example, you can sit with Marx in Soho and eat Deli Haus blintzes
- HZ: If I was promised that
we could sit with Marx in some great Deli Haus in the hereafter, I
might believe in it! Sure, I find inspiration in Jewish stories of
hope, also in the Christian pacifism of the Berrigans, also in Taoism
and Buddhism. I identify as a Jew, but not on religious grounds. Yes, I
believe, as Pascal said, "The heart has its reasons which reason cannot
know." There are limits to reason. There is mystery, there is passion,
there is something spiritual in the arts - but it is not connected to
Judaism or any other religion.
- For those who find a special
inspiration in Judaism or Christianity or Buddhism or whatever, fine.
If that inspiration leads them to work for justice, that is what
- Shelly R. Fredman's
work has appeared in Best Jewish Writing, First Harvest, the Chicago
Tribune Magazine, and the Forward.
From Monty Kroopkin :
22 May 2006
I think it is important to distinguish the concept of "decadence" from
sundry excesses it generally condemns. The orthodoxies and oppositions
to change and the theoretical (and actual) attempts to describe
thoughts, actions, behaviors as below standards and to
enforce/reinforce standards is what I mean regarding "reactionary" and
"authoritarian". And the failure to comprehend the seeds of the new
within the decline of the old is what I mean by "one-dimensional" and
"a-historical" and "anti-dialectical".
I object to describing depravity or deviance or dissidence as
Yours in solidarity from my NSA party line,
Please note: message attached : Bigger story than NSA datamining
--------- Forwarded Message ----------
I think you will find this interesting:
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Francis FEELEY <email@example.com>
Subject: ON THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE:
And thanks for your opinions on "decadence". I don't really understand
your references to "authoritarian", "reactionary", and
"one-dimensional". But "ahistorial" sounds right. I'm not sure about
"anti-dialectical" either. You probably have someone in mind with all
these adjectives. Maybe it's Dick Cheney or Adolph Hitler. But they
represent more than just "decadence" in my mind. Writers like Tom Wolf
are "decadent", without being "authoritarian," or even "reactionary,"
don't your agree.
Anyway, more importantly keep up your good work at community organizing
in San Diego. The word is watching....
At 21:12 20/05/2006, you wrote:
I disagree with the Nietzsche quote in the
introductory note here. "Decadence" is an authoritarian, reactionary,
and one-dimensional, a-historical, anti-dialectical concept. (All decay
is transitional and formational.) Also, "the whole" (including its
history) is always the context, regardless of whether it is explicit or
implicit. Therefore, the Nietzsche statement is both literal and
literary nonsense. I am no Nietzsche scholar, so, to be fair, I can say
I hope the quotation itself suffers merely from being out of context.
from Dar Jamail :
21 May 2006
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Date: Thu, 18 May 2006
Subject: c'est notre devoir
Dear friends who care about our earth.
yourself if you want to take action.
In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile
runs from 2 rivers, fed by 2 glaciers.
Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be
fought for it.
Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no
unemployment, and they provide the second largest
source of income for the area.
Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of
gold, silver and other minerals. To get at these, it
would be necessary to break, to destroy the glaciers -
something never conceived of in the history of the
world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a
whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the
mine's rubbish tip.
The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is
called Barrick Gold.
The operation is planned by a multi-national company,
one of whose members is George Bush Senior.
The Chilean Government has approved the project to
start this year, 2006.
The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the
farmers have got a temporary stay of execution.
If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just
destroy the source of specially pure water, but they
will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will
never again be fit for human or animal consumption
because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in
the extraction process.
Every last gramme of gold will go abroad to the
multinational company and not one will be left with
the people whose land it is. They will only be left
with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.
The farmers have been fighting a long time for their
land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a
ban from the Ministry of the Interior.
Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project
is to get help from international justice.
The world must know what is happening in Chile. The
only place to start changing the world is from here.
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No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean
Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine frontier.
We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the
Pascua Lama project to protect the whole of 3
glaciers, the purity of the water of the San Felix
Valley and El Transito, the quality of the
agricultural land of the region of Atacama, the
quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the
whole population of the region.
City, Country :
1) Katharine Proudfoot, Edinburgh,
2) Laura Cole, London, UK
3) David Platt, London, UK
4) Diane Platt, Manchester, UK
5) Tanya Corker, Manchester, UK
6) Nicola Hargreaves, UK
7) Nicholas Jones, UK
8)Johann Don-Daniel, Germany
9)Ashley Berger, Germany
10) Sarah Downie, Leeds, UK
11) Paula Delahunty, Bingley, UK
12) John O'Driscoll, Bingley, Uk
13) Jordan-Lee Delahunty, Bingley, UK
14) Claire Mulvey, Bradford, UK
15) Marie Malcolm Bradford, UK
16) Ann Clowes, Halifax UK
17) Jayne McGee, Brighouse UK
18) Jason Barratt Oldham UK
19; Lindsay Torrance, Rochdale UK
20 ) Maggie Ford, Rochdale, U.K.
21) Barry Cook, Todmorden, U.K.
22) Shelley BUrgoyne, Todmorden, U.K.
23) Lisa Stuart, Potes, Spain.
24) Michael Stuart, Potes, Spain.
25) Mary Walker, Wakefield, UK
26) Sally Walker, Tarifa, Spain
27) Sylvie Mabille de Poncheville, Birmingham, UK.
28) Emilie Millinship, Bergerac, France.
29. Frederic Douelle, Edinburgh, Scotland.
30. Leticia Castañeda, Madrid, Spain
31) Bouet Elsa, Edinburgh, Uk
32) MOhab Altaher, Edinburgh, Uk
33) JORDAN Jennifer, Annemasse, Fr
Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research
Université de Grenoble-3