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Elizabeth Holtzman on why the Bush Administration must be held to account

Posted by Charles II on April 14, 2012

Yeah, I know. No one thinks it’s ever going to happen. But Liz Holtzman is the real deal, one of the most important voices of the last 50 years. If we are going to end impunity, it will almost certainly have to involve bringing Bush and Cheney to account.

Watch Cheating Justice on BookTV

Also recommended, Ezra Vogel on Deng Xiaoping. Was on BookTV earlier.


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Wikileak head Assange to appear on RT

Posted by Charles II on April 14, 2012

More evidence that RT is actually shaking things up in the news business. From CNN:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to debut a talk show, “The World Tomorrow,” on Russia’s state-funded television network next week.

Assange and RT, an English-language international satellite news channel, would not release the guest lineup in advance, but hinted that the first interview would be controversial.

The WikiLeaks website for “The World Tomorrow” said Friday there would be 12 shows in total, each featuring a 26-minute edited interview.

I have no idea whether Assange will be good, bad, or indifferent as a talk host. I do think that if there were a competitive media, someone would have had him (and a lot of other people) at least finding out whether people were interested. Instead, people who are well-liked but controversial, like Donahue and Olbermann, are banned, while people like Tweety and Spitzer talk to that small hard core cadre of people who have fallen asleep in their La-Z-Boys. This is pretty clear evidence that decisions about who gets on the air are not being based on simple financial considerations. When we have to thank Vladimir Putin for making American capitalism competitive, something is seriously wrong.

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The Spring of our Discontent

Posted by Charles II on April 14, 2012

An excerpt from a post by an Occupier (Kasama) on a 99%Spring event:

It was largely an older crowd. Many had been to Zucotti but hadn’t found a way to get involved. If you visited Zucotti after the change, it was a difficult place to fit into. In the early days of Zucotti, I knew allot of the people in the park. It was easy to pop in and do something to help out. They were the kindest, most loving people you could have met. It was hard to visit Occupy Wall Street and not fall in love with the place. A good chunk of them disappeared some time around the first threatened eviction in October and when the tents went up. When the tents went up, the park became insular and intimidating. The “real occupiers” frequently showed contempt for people who didn’t sleep in the park. There used to be a guy sitting at the “information” desk on Broadway who was so rude and contemptuous that I saw people who came to visit turn away (I haven’t seen him since the eviction).

Yes. 99%Spring really is an attempt to co-opt Occupy Wall Street. There is a huge hunger right now by people who want to get involved but do not know how.

Instead of enhancing an existing movement with experienced activists who very badly want to be involved, 99%Spring is attempting, very badly, to replace that niche and attempting to formalize something that is organic.

My response:

I would like to dissent.

First, talking and trying to persuade people is not co-opting. If they start offering jobs or cash, then you can call it co-option, but what you describe is no more than a well-organized effort to persuade. If the occupiers want to do what 99%Spring is trying to get them to do, then they should do it. If they don’t, they should refuse.

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