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What a wonderful and courageous expression of what is going on.

Anyone who thinks our liberties are not endangered might contemplate this:
I received an Eliot book from England today, as I have on many days in the
past.  The dealer had had the temerity to put a sticker on the package
advocating Oxfam.  As if that were some terrorist organization, the U.S.
Customs Service, for the first time in my experience, opened the package and
poked its fingers around inside.  Since the U.S. spends more on just cotton
subsidies than the amount of aid it provides for all of Africa, the
government evidently does regard the feeding of famished peoples as a
radical idea.
Erwin



----- Original Message -----
From: "Marsden Steven J" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 1:27 PM
Subject: Re: Twain on War--OT or not?


> I've posted the Twain quote around quite a lot in online communities, and
> gotten some good responses. The majority of Americans are never called in
> polls. The majority of polls cited support the cause of the day.
>
> I believe men and women and goodwill and sanity are largely keeping their
> heads down. The rhetoric of the administration has shown a shocking lack
of
> concern for even minimal standards of reason.  Proof is never produced.
Empty
> rhetoric and jingoistic bullying has more or less stood in where debate
> should be.  The distinctive whipcracky sound of dusty flags being waved
> vigorously has drowned out most of the voices of dissent, and the major
media
> outlets (in particular cable news) have blindly bought into and
perpetuated
> every over-statement and cheap trick and act of terror-mongering.
>
> I live in Texas, and work at one of the most politically conservative
> universities in the nation. I'm teaching "Civil Disobedience" and Rousseau
on
> the will of the people.  I feel a chilly reticence in my students.
Dissent
> frightens them. Reason has been shown to have little weight in high
places.
>
> These are the kids who will go and fight shortly. Some are in officer
> training, some in the national guard.
>
> I keep hoping there's some backbone and some brains left in America. That
> people will stand up and demand some answers.  That they will realize that
> grief and shock don't necessarily demand the surrender of our rights and
our
> reason.
>
> I keep hoping.
>
> Steve Marsden
>
>
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>