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FATTENING WALL STREET
— Mike Whitney reports on the rapid metamorphosis of new Fed Chair Janet Yallin into a lackey for the bankers, bond traders and brokers. The New Religious Wars Over the Environment: Joyce Nelson charts the looming confrontation between the Catholic Church and fundamentalists over climate change, extinction and GMOs; A People’s History of Mexican Constitutions: Andrew Smolski on the 200 year-long struggle of Mexico’s peasants, indigenous people and workers to secure legal rights and liberties; Spying on Black Writers: Ron Jacobs uncovers the FBI’s 50 year-long obsession with black poets, novelists and essayists; O Elephant! JoAnn Wypijewski on the grim history of circus elephants; PLUS: Jeffrey St. Clair on birds and climate change; Chris Floyd on the US as nuclear bully; Seth Sandronsky on Van Jones’s blind spot; Lee Ballinger on musicians and the State Department; and Kim Nicolini on the films of JC Chandor.
Weekend Edition Jul 31-Aug 02, 2004
The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political
thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in
hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and
constitution embraced. It is in the nature of things that the progress
of Reason is slow and no one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson
of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.
One can encourage freedom, never create it by an invading force.