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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No.558 4th August ­ 10th August 2003

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 6 Aug 2003 09:32:49 +0200 (CEST)

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Listening to the debate surrounding the problems potential new entrants face
as they attempt to enter the current property market, you would think that
solutions to the housing crisis can only be found in the private sector.
The current discussion going on in the media, community and political
circles centres around negative gearing, the impact the GST has had on
housing prices, rental rebates for concession card holders, stamp duty and
the role the first home buyer's grant has on property prices. It's
important to remember that other solutions to the housing crisis need to be
raised and discussed.


Over the past two decades the shift in ideological thinking from public to
private has seen resources that were earmarked for public housing shifted
into negative gearing, rental rebates for concession card holders, and
generous first home buyers grants. These measures have been designed to
push people from public housing into private housing. These changes have
resulted in access to public housing being limited to people who need crisis
accommodation. Today, families who cannot afford to enter the private
housing market are no longer considered to be suitable for scarce public
housing resources.

If the concessions that are now directed at the private housing sector were
redirected back into public housing, they would go a long way to helping
overcome the current crisis. Families, couples and single people on low
incomes who currently cannot enjoy the security home-owners enjoy, would
have the security of knowing that their rents would be pegged to 25% of
their income and that they would enjoy security of tenure while they use the
property. Ministry tenants who want to own their own homes should be able
to enter into contracts with the Ministry of Housing that eventually allows
them to buy the property they are renting. The current debate about housing
affordability needs to be expanded to include public housing. A vibrant,
expanding public housing sector is one way to dampen demand for private
housing. A decrease in demand would stabilise today's rapidly escalating
house prices. To keep public housing out of the current debate is to keep
the possibility of home ownership out of reach of a growing number of
working Australians.

Defend and Extend Medicare ­ Australia is up and away. We have nine
functioning Federal electorate groups: Flinders, Dunkley, Melbourne,
Gellibrand, Goldstein, Deakin, Willis, Batman and Kooyong. We hope to have
one group established in every 150 Federal electorates by the end of the
year. The time, date and venue has been set for monthly rallies to be held
across Australia. The first rally is organised for 5.30 p.m., Friday the
5th of September, in front of the State Library in Swanston Street,

Defend and Extend Medicare electoral groups are autonomous. They send
delegates to regular meetings to formulate strategy and policy. Delegates'
meetings are open to observers. Observers are able to actively participate
in the meeting. If no consensus can be reached, delegates at the delegates'
meetings will vote on the proposal at the meeting. Defend and Extend
Medicare is highly political, but non-party political. its members come
from a wide cross-section of the community. We want access to health care
to be a right, not a charity, or a luxury. We are involved in activities
that will eventually force governments to make universal access to health
care a right in Australia.

Groups need to be established in every Federal electorate. Ask yourself if
you are concerned about access to the current health care delivery system.
If you are, your just the person we're looking for to form a Defend and
Extend Medicare electoral group. Organise a public meeting and get the ball
rolling in your part of the country. If you need help to get started, ring
Defend and Extend Medicare on (03) 5298 21170, write to us at P.O. Box 5035
ALPHINGTON 3078 Australia, or e-mail us at defendmedicare@yahoo.com.au. If
you don't have the time or energy or confidence to start a local group, you
can publicise the first rally that will be held on the 5th of September by
downloading posters, material for car stickers and badges from the Defend
and Extend Medicare, website www.defendmedicare.cjb.net.

The type of society we live in, eventually depends on the contribution we
make to public life in this country. Complaining is not enough; running
around like Chicken Little is not enough. We need to organise and fight for
what we believe in. If we leave it to the politicians to do the job for us,
we will find ourselves in a position where we will lose what few rights and
privileges we currently enjoy, including access to universal health care.

The take it or leave it attitude that has been demonstrated by the Federal
Health Minister, Senator Kay Patterson, in the current negotiations between
the Federal government and the State and Territory governments about the
national health budget for the next five years highlights the failure of a
Federal system where power lies in the hands of the Commonwealth. The
impact of these one-sided negotiations by a Federal government that is
ideologically driven to replace the current system with a user-pay system
will be felt by all Australians who need access to health care, both at the
public and private level, during the life of the new agreement.

The charades that are being played out between the Federal and State
governments about the new health care agreement that is being negotiated
between the States and the Commonwealth highlights what few powers State
governments are able to exercise in what is for all intents and purposes a
federation in name only. State governments lost their trump card in their
relationship with the Commonwealth when they ceded their powers to impose
income tax to the Commonwealth government. Currently, State governments
find themselves in the invidious position of negotiating for a share of
income tax collected by the Federal government to run and finance the public
hospital system, a health care delivery system they are constitutionally
responsible for.

The current logjam can be broken and a public health care system that meets
the needs of all Australians can be developed and adequately funded if the
long-term needs of Australians are put before the short-term ambitions of
State and Commonwealth governments, whose major concerns revolve around
their re-election prospects at the next election. This can be done by
strengthening the Australian constitution and by expanding the constitution
to incorporate points that place the interests of the Australian people
above the interests of State and Commonwealth governments. In the case of
the provision of a fully funded health care delivery system, this could be
done by incorporating the point in the Australian constitution that "health
care is a right, not a charity or a luxury". This can be done by placing
direct political pressure on the Federal government and opposition parties
to place the question that Health Care is a right, not a charity or a
luxury, before the Australian people in a future referendum.

The strength of the fourth estate in the Western world rests on its ability
to set the political, social and cultural agenda. Currently, the mass media
is able to define the parameters of debate within society. As activists,
one of our primary roles is to widen the debate about what is worthwhile,
practical and possible. In order to change society, we need to understand
the fundamentally conservative role the mass media plays in this debate.

The technological stranglehold the fourth estate has on the distribution of
information, ideas and solutions to problems has been weakened by the
introduction of the World Wide Web. Mobile phones, text messaging and the
internet are tools that can be successfully used to break the stranglehold
on debate the fourth estate currently enjoys. We no longer have to
prostitute ourselves to get our message across. We can extend the
parameters of debate. We can start creating that "New World" in our hearts
by stretching the envelope about what is practical and desirable.

Leaving the debate in the hands of the fourth estate and our parliamentary
representatives surely is a recipe for disaster. Working up the right
channels is a recipe for maintaining the status quo. Every reform that has
been wrestled from those in power has been done so by a determined,
organised extra-parliamentary movement. Whether it is health, education,
welfare, reconciliation, immigration or a hundred and one other issues, or
whether things continue to remain the same, worsen or improve, ultimately
rests with us.

Extending the parameters of political debate about what is practical,
possible and desirable is an underlying theme we need to explore. Leaving
the debate in the hands of the fourth estate ensures that nothing ever
changes. The media is not the message. We have become mesmerised by
technology and have forgotten that we ­ not the fourth estate, the
government, the State or the corporate sector ­ have the power to determine
what type of society we should become and how we should interact with one
another. Seize the moment and become actively involved in a movement for
egalitarian social change. At the end of the day, what type of community we
end up living in is determined by our ability to break the monopoly on the
distribution of information the fourth estate currently enjoys.

Anybody who was wondering about what Australia is doing in the Solomon's,
only has to examine the statements about Papua New Guinea made by the
Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, to realise that the Howard government
has plans to make the independent nations in the South Pacific, Australian
neo-colonial outposts. The Australian intervention in the Solomon Islands
is a template for the invasion of the largest jewel in the South Pacific,
Papua New Guinea.

Irrespective of the language that intervention in the Solomon Islands is
couched in, the reality is an Australian take over of the military, police,
prisons, judiciary and the bureaucracy. What at first may seem to be an
effective strategy will grind to a halt as the people of the Solomon Islands
and the South Pacific begin to discover the agenda behind Australia's
attempts to restore law and order in the so called failed States in the
South Pacific. Using the same tactics employed in the Solomon Islands in
Papua New Guinea is a recipe for a humanitarian and military disaster that
will have profound ramifications for the people of Papua New Guinea, as well
as Australia.

If there are any lessons to be learnt from the Bougainville catastrophe,
it's that a well-disciplined guerrilla force that enjoys the support of its
people can hold a foreign invader at bay for years. Any Australian led
intervention in the internal affairs of Papua New Guinea, irrespective of
whether Australia is invited to intervene or not, will be resisted by
elements in the Papua New Guinea defence forces as well as radical elements
within Papua New Guinea. The journey the Howard government has embarked on,
which at first glance may seem superficially attractive, will not be able to
turn the clock back to a mythical colonial golden age. The frustration's
felt by the people of the South Pacific are as much a consequence of the
one-sided relationship between Australia and the rest of the Nation States
in our vicinity, as they are related to the short-comings of the governments
and the institutions in these countries.

Superimposed solutions that do not radically alter the lives of the people
in the South Pacific and that paper over the problems that already exist may
make good short-term copy in Australia's newspapers. In the long term, they
will not stop those smiling children in today's newspapers from taking up
arms against the Australian intervention forces to fight for their
independence when they grow up.

A. Decentralisation is the mechanism by which anarchists protect the
independence and integrity of the communities they live and work in.
Anarchists aversion to the State is based on their fear of small groups
taking control of the State and using the power invested in the State to
impose their vision on millions of people. The more highly centralised the
State apparatus, the greater the damage ruling elites can inflict. The Pol
Pots, Stalins and Hitlers that may live in anarchist communities cannot
impose their will on people by seizing State power and using the State
apparatus to impose their will on the population. The influence they may
have would be counterbalanced by the influence other people are able to have
on the community. The focus of power in an anarchist community shifts from
a hierarchical centralised structure to multiple points within that
community. Interaction and coordination between workplace and community
councils the focus of power in an anarchist society would be achieved by
electing or appointing delegates with limited mandates to coordinate
activity with that society.
Even if one or two councils come under the sway of a charismatic of forceful
leader, the chances that these councils will impose their will on the rest
of the society are marginal at best. Decentralised principles are also
applied to the producing of essential goods that are needed in a community.
Food, energy production and access to water would all be decentralised
within an anarchist society. The greater the level of decentralisation
within an anarchist community, the greater the possibility that it will be
able to maintain its independence.
It doesn¹t take long for a community to be brought to its knees if a small
group is able to take over water supplies or food or energy production. The
establishment of decentralised structures makes it difficult for a small
group to impose its will on a community. Even if that community is invaded
by overwhelming hostile forces, decentralised structures provide the
infrastructure that allows a resistance movement to be established, grow and
eventually flourish.

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The 3rd of December 2004 marks the 150th anniversary of the Eureka
rebellion. The celebrations planned for that day run the very real risk of
being hijacked by the Victorian State government and the conservative
Ballarat City Council. The ŒAnarchist Media Institute¹ held the Reclaim the
Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion celebrations in Ballarat at the site
of the rebellion on Tuesday 3rd December 2003 to mark the 148th anniversary
of the Eureka uprising. We celebrate the central aims of the rebellion:
direct democracy, direct action and solidarity, principles that are just as
important today as they were 149 years ago.
This year Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka rebellion celebrations
are being organised by the ŒReclaim the Radical Spirit Of The Eureka
Rebellion¹ group, a Federation of groups that agrees with the sentiments
expressed in the Eureka oath. ­ "We swear by the Southern Cross to stand
truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties".
We encourage everybody else who agrees with the ideas expressed in the
Eureka oath to join us on Wednesday 3rd December at Ballarat at the site of
the Eureka rebellion (corner Eureka and Sturt Streets, Ballarat) from 4.00am
to 4.00pm to reclaim our history.
The 50th anniversary reunion on the 3rd December 1904 in Ballarat was
attended by many of the survivors of the uprising. Men and women in their
70¹s and 80¹s met on the day at the site and took part in a procession to
mark the event. Some of the survivors who attended were Chris Christessen,
a member of the Ballarat Reform League, who was present in the camp from the
time the first shot was fired until the stockade fell. He was one of a few
who evaded capture. H. de Longville, who was on sentry duty when the
stockade was attacked, he gave the alarm that roused the sleeping miners.
W. G. Holmes, who saw his brother shot dead before his eyes, his brother is
one of the many miners who were massacred, whose passing is not recorded on
the statue that was erected in 1892 at Eureka Park to honour Peter Lalor.
Lieutenant Cossack, who led the left flank of the police attack on the
stockade also took part in the celebrations on the 3rd December 1904.
William Atterden, a miner who was taken prisoner at the stockade,
participated in the march on the day. Monty Miller, as a 16 year old,
helped the wounded out of the stockade and helped bury the dead. Monty
Miller, anarchist and agitator was imprisoned in 1917 at the age of 87 for
being a member of the I.W.W. He attended the celebrations in company with
Arthur Curnish who as a boy worked with the blacksmith who made the pikes
that the miners used to fend off police and troopers. Others who were
involved in the 50th anniversary reunion included John Williams, John Hall,
John Greenwell, Duncan Clark and James Madden.
ŒMASSACRE AT EUREKA ­ The Untold Story¹, BOB O¹BRIEN, Revised 1998,
Sovereign Hill Museums Association Edition, ISBN 0909874190.

In Melbourne and Similar Temperate Areas"
Maurie Brenton, Publisher Agmedia 1995,
ISBN 0730641929
Those readers who are fortunate enough to own a backyard or who have access
to a community garden or have long term property leases, would be interested
in this handy little 40 page pamphlet. The avocado is an exceptional fruit,
it¹s rich in vitamins A, B, E, is cholesterol fee, is relatively easy to
grow and one mature tree can augment a family¹s diet for months. The
avocado unlike other fruit trees is not attractive to birds, so there¹s no
chance your crop will disappear within a few hours. The avocado does not
mature at the one time, it takes up a relatively small space in the backyard
and one tree can produce up to 500 avocados in one session.
Avocados do not mature on the tree, they can be picked at any time over a 4
month period. You pick what you need and wait for about 2 weeks for them to
ripen as they only ripen when picked. The avocado originated in the sub
tropical regions of South America, although it was thought for a long time
it could not be grown in temperate areas. Maurice Brenton has shown that
with a little bit of care and knowledge, avocado trees can be successfully
grown almost anywhere a lemon tree can be grown.
"Growing Avocados" is a booklet that has easy to follow suggestions and
instructions on how to best tackle the problem of growing avocados in 9
short chapters. The book is illustrated with diagrams on how to prepare the
ground and what type of avocados to grow. The author suggests if you want
to eat avocados within 3 years of planting a tree, you should plant grafted
avocados. When you pick your avocado plant, don¹t be seduced into picking
the healthy looking green graft that has most likely been grown in a hot
house and won¹t survive the shock of being outside. Look for the plant that
looks like it has been acclimatised, the one everybody else has ignored.
Maurie suggests you plant them in September, you¹ve got 4 to 6 weeks to get
a copy of the booklet, prepare the ground and find a suitable grafted
avocado plant to plant. Just in case you¹ve been told you need a male and
female plant to produce the fruit by your local nursery, Maurie Brenton
assures us that in a temperate climate, one plant is all you need, as the
plant self pollinates. What are you waiting for? Access to a virtual
unlimited supply of avocados in 3 years time, beats eating lemons.
Copies of the book can be purchased from:
EAST MELBOURNE 3003, AUSTRALIA. Tel: (03) 96517098.
You may be able to find a loan copy in your local library. It costs around
AUD$9.00, your local bookshop may be able to order it in for you.

A palpable buzz raced through the crowd as they streamed towards the
stadium. The merchandise stalls were surrounded by lines of people eager to
part with their cash for a memento of the evening. Long after memory failed
them, they could fondle their trophies to relive the experience of a
lifetime. Uncontrolled aggression screamed the billboards, the crowds
streamed to their seats waiting for the gladiators to appear.
Lights, camera, action, music, celluloid became flesh in a flash.
Two-dimensional cable television became 3-dimentional flesh, World Wrestling
Entertainment (W.W.E.) the post-modern Jimmy Sharman boxing tent was in
town. The celluloid superheros strutted their stuff, the audience the main
attraction played an Academy Award role. Like Paplov¹s dogs, they responded
to the visual and verbal cues that came from the arena. The impotence they
had experienced as they shouted at the TV screen was replaced with the power
of seeing the wrestling marionettes respond to 15,000 lost souls shouting
Œwanker¹ in unison.
Cryptic hand written signs popped up around the stadium, with the entrance
of each new gladatorial team; ŒWhere¹s my donkey?¹, ŒBring back midgets¹, ŒA
dingo ate my baby¹, Bring back the table¹, ŒI¹m from Moe¹ and ŒDon¹t be mean
to Kane¹ were a few of the more memorable. As the lights went down, the
diminutive 5 foot nothing, 20¹s something woman sitting next to me was
transformed into a monster. "Mother fucker", "wanker" and "poofter" were a
few of the choice epitaphs she threw at the celluloid villains in the
wrestling ring. After 30 minutes of her choice invectives, a gentleman
sitting in front of her, 6 foot 6 tall, shaven head, face that had eaten too
many knuckle sandwiches, earings in both ears, turned round, looked at the
princess sitting next to me and hisses in a low monotone "no more dirty
language please, I brought my kids here tonight". Next to him are sitting
his 5 and 10 year old daughters. "Sorry" she responds in a diminutive voice
and restricts her utterances for the rest of the evening to pre Neantherdal
guttural sounds.
The wrestlers grind through their 3-hour program giving the audience what
they expect. Comic book characters rub shoulders wrestlers with reasonable
skills, one-dimensional caricatures make poignant statements. The man
behind me screams out "what about the Rainbow Warrior?" when the French tag
team hits an opponent with a French flag. My eyes glaze over, I can feel
myself falling asleep as the crowd whips itself into a frenzy. As I¹m
entering dream world, a 30¹s something woman sitting just in front of me,
screams out "Oh!! Oh!! Oh!!" her body stiffens and contorts and her eyes
glaze over as the object of her desires, a 7 foot Adonis enters the
wrestling ring. I catch sight of her partner, a non-descript, silent, pale
faced man who has just realised what his partner is fantasising about when
they trip the light fantastic at home.
The wrestling terrible, mundane, predictable, boring; audience participation
a million dollars. I wouldn¹t miss it for all the tea in China.
Interestingly, this was one of the most peaceful events I¹ve been to. The
wrestling ring was separated from the audience by a 3-foot metal barrier,
there were no security guards protecting the ring or the wrestlers. The
wrestlers moved through the crowd without the need of security guards and
nobody pushed over or jumped the fence. No blood, a little bit of sweat, a
great night for fantasies, children as young as 5 rubbed shoulders with
people in the 80¹s. Bring back Mario Milano and Killer Karl Cox from their
nursing homes, my boyhood celluloid heroes.

The overthrow of Marcos over a decade ago by a popular revolt has not
changed let alone transformed the lives of the great majority of
Philippinos. Irrespective of who claims the Presidential office, nothing
changes. The attempted coup last week has been dismissed by the fourth
estate as the work of misguided plotters. Who could fault President Arroyo,
the darling of the Bush administration. The fourth estate has blissfully
labelled the revolt as Don Quixote tilting the windmills.
Corruption in the Presidential palace? Impossible. What nearly every
commentator in and out of the Philippines has forgotten is that power has
never left the hands of a ruling oligarchy. Power in the Philippines is
held in the hands of around 100 prominent families. These families own
large tracts of rural and metropolitan land. The rent they collect makes
them powerful players in the Philippino political process. Every
Presidential election held since the overthrow of Marcos has been won by a
member of one of these ruling families. They jockey among themselves
playing the populist card to win Presidential office.
Corruption is endemic in the Philippines, it is fostered by a feudal system
that delivers power to a small number of people. The coup plotters have
exposed the extent of corruption in the Philippino administration and
military, claiming the military has been responsible for some of the
atrocities that have quickly been described as the work of Muslim
fundamentalists. The Philippines is a cauldron of corruption and poverty.
The depression that should have occurred years ago has been kept at bay by
remissions of money to the Philippines by Philippino guest workers, working
around the globe.
Land and liberty is the cry that governs what is happening in the
Philippines. The United States backing of the Arroyo administration
highlights how concerned the US government is about the question of land
reform and justice. As the ruling families grip on power falters, anything
and everything is possible. US intervention or no US intervention, the
possibility that the next popular uprising will herald land reforms is
paramount on everybody¹s mind.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
for a Self-Managed Society.

Directed by Stephen Spielberg 2002. USA.
Hollywood version of real life fugitive Frank W Abagnale¹s experiences.
Stars Leonardo di Caprio as the teenage forger & impersonator of an airline
pilot, doctor & lawyer, Tom Hanks as the FBI agent who doggedly pursues him.
Lots of japes, 1960s fashion scenes & pop jargon. After his arrest & doing
some jail time, as an "expert" in his field Abagnale became a teacher at the
FBI Academy & Financial Crimes Unit. Based on the book about the "amazing
true story of the most extraordinary liar in the history of fun & profit."

You may also like these titlesŠSwordfish (2001), Anti-Trust (2001), Rogue
Trader (1999), The Net (1995), Sneakers (1992), F for fake (1973).

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THIS WEEKS STORIES: Govt Soft On Immigration Slavery...Trying To Kill
Yourself Is A Sane Response To Refugee Detention...No Cash Discount...Govt
Doesn't Know Why People Won't Take Public Transport...Quotes of the Week.

4 people have been charged with slavery in Melbourne. They¹re accused of
bringing in Thai women & forcing them to work as prostitutes. Kathleen
Maltzahn from Project Respect says at any one time there are roughly 1000
women working as slaves in Australian brothels. The traffickers are largely
protected by Australia's restrictive immigration system. Ms Maltzahn said
the govt generally dealt with slaves by deporting them, rather than charging
the traffickers. The traffickers themselves often inform on the women to
the Dept of Immigration. In 2001 Puongtong Simplee died days after being
arrested & sent to Villawood Detention Centre. She said she had been
brought to Australia & sold into prostitution when she was 12. No one was
charged. The women are also often deprived of food & water & beaten if they
try & escape. (Melbourne Times, July 23).
A 14 year old boy who tried to kill himself in a refugee detention centre
hadn't seen a psychiatrist because he didn't need one, according to lawyers
for the govt. The boy tried to hang himself in July last year. (AAP, July
Despite claims the GST would end the 'cash economy', Aust are evading tax on
a total of appr $100billion income year. A report by economics lecturer
Christopher Bajada found GST "doesn't seem to have changed behaviour
significantly". Cynthia Cole, an ass. professor in taxation law, said "there
isn¹t a country in the world" where a tax like the GST has reduced the cash
economy. (The Age, July 26).
An investigation of Melb's rail system has found at least 30 sites where
trains could potentially crash into each other, in the same way as a crash
at Epping last year. (The Age,July 26).
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: "We should not succumb to democratic dogmatisms about
men being the best judges of their own interests." Harold Lasswell, writing
in the Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, 1933.
"Alamdar said he lived with his father & "about 40 other men" & 3 boys in
White 3, in virtual isolation from other compounds. (White 3 houses 33
males.) He said he cant play with other kids without first obtaining
permission, which isn¹t always given". Interview by ŒThe Age¹ with a 15yo
boy in Baxter refugee detention centre.
"If the US govt concludes that torturing Mohammed is necessary for the
protection of lives, it should add a reservation to its treaty obligations
with regard to torture". Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, arguing that
torture should be legalised in cases similar to that of Al Qaeda suspect
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed is said to be suffering what intelligence
sources call 'torture lite' involving techniques such as sleep deprivation.
"Actually, there¹s another article in the NY Times that describes how the
professors are anti-war activists, but the students aren't. Not like it used
to be, when the students were anti-war activists. What the reporter is
talking about is that around 1970 - & it's true - by 1970 students were
active anti-war protesters. But that's after 8 years of a U.S. war against
Sth Vietnam, which by then had extended to all of Indo-China, which had
practically wiped the place out. In the early years of the war-it was
announced in 1962-U.S. planes are bombing Sth Vietnam, napalm was
authorised, chemical warfare to destroy food crops & programs to drive
millions of people into "strategic hamlets," which are essentially
concentration camps. All public. No protest. Impossible to get anybody to
talk about it. For years, even in a place like Boston, a liberal city, you
couldn't have public meetings against the war b/c they would be broken up by
students, with the support of the media. You would have to have hundreds of
state police around to allow the speakers like me to escape unscathed. The
protests came after years & years of war. By then, hundreds of thousands of
people had been killed, much of Vietnam had been destroyed. Then you started
getting protests. But all of that is wiped out of history, b/c it tells too
much of the truth. It involved years & years of hard work of plenty of
people, mostly young, which finally ended up getting a protest movement. Now
it's far beyond that. But the NY Times reporter can't understand that. I'm
sure the reporter is being very honest. The reporter is saying exactly what
I think she was taught - that there was a huge anti-war movement ­ b/c the
actual history has to be wiped out of people's consciousness. You can't
learn that dedicated, committed effort can bring about significant changes
of consciousness and understanding. That's a very dangerous thought to allow
people to have". Noam Chomsky.
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in house power struggles in the public arena. ­ Talk about losers.

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>From 4AM TO 4PM
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"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to
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