Friday, April 10, 2009

Some recent things

artist: Fay Valentine

Seems there is a

Tell "The Progressive" to drop George McGovern from 100th Anniversary Event
Facebook page. The people signing on are angered that McGovern spoke out against the Employee Free Choice Act. The Progressive magazine is holding its 100th Anniversary Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on May 1st and 2nd.(Not too surprisingly, the magazine also has a Facebook group, which has a discussion board.)

NATO commemorated their 60th anniversary this past Saturday, April 4th. I'm not clear what purpose they serve in the post-Soviet era, let alone why they are fighting in Afghanistan, which isn't exactly a particularly North or particularly Atlantic part of the world. Ironically or not, April 4th is also the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination.

Al Jazeera, from February 2008, "Asia's hidden arms race"

and more recently,

How to survive a Gaza refugee camp


Why can't Iran have nuclear weapons?
a recent comment forum, also at Al Jazeera, from last month.

a new (to me) web site:

U.S. Media and Israel: Sharing the Balanced Truth about Israel Media Coverage in the U.S.

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At April 10, 2009 11:51 AM, Blogger M. Pyre said...

Something that always sticks in my craw about "progressives" is they focus on symbolic or low-priority matters, ensuring that a "progressive" candidate will not end up much different from what that complaint about McGovern is focused on.

I'd want to know a lot more about McGovern's decision on that legislation before I decide whether The Progressive is being honest, or just partisan. Lately I haven't seen anything from that magazine that impressed me, haven't seen anything of that nature from them for almost 20 years. They've been co-opted in the same way they accuse McGovern of being. Modern "progressive" politicians are just corporate liberals who argue for symbolic moves like gay marriage or abortion rights. In present America, gay marriage and abortion are pretty low on the national problems priority list, in my view. I'd prefer to make the system a bit more humane generally, by fixing core problems. I don't see gay marriage as fixing anything durable for everyone. What good does it do a gay or lesbian couple to marry if their government remains corrupt and fascism remains powerfully entrenched?

At April 10, 2009 3:57 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

I don't think the revamping of the cardcheck rule is a purely symbolic matter, but I'll admit I haven't followed The Progressive very closely of late and therefore haven't kept up with what they've said(or failed to utter) on things like Afghanistan or the bank bailout, etc.

FWIW the Facebook group in question doesn't exactly seem to be generating a lot of interest-- they presently have 36 members.


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