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Re: ---important---------RE: RHIZOME_RAW: Your role in stopping the war against Iraq


Being UK based I obviously don't know the details of
the problems you're describing - at face value it
certainly seems a questionable decision to exclude
Michael Lerner.
The emphasis here in the UK has been on inclusivenees
- in my town Troskyists, Moslems and Quakers and lots
of others have been working side by side to build
opposition to the war and this is reflected nationally
in the UK ( and I'm not suggesting that the experience
here is somehow 'better' - just that that is what I've
experienced)
However what is most important and perhaps you folks
underestimate it, is the simply enormous impact your
anti war demonstrations had over here - I can't say
how heartened and excited people were by the reports
of the demonstrations a couple of weeks ago.
I always get a bit itchy when people talk about
"antiquated politics" - it's precisely the sort of
phrase that Tony Blair uses here when he wants to
launch another attack on welfare, education or health
provision or Trade Union organisation. If it's old
fashioned to oppose mass killing for the benefit of
the oil industry, to believe that the world can be
changed for the better and that that task requires
conscious organisation then I'm happy to be old
fashioned.
I also think there's a danger of what almost verges on
a kind of snobbery about people who are maybe more
enthusiastic and led by the heart than clued up in
detail about a cause -we all have to atart learning
somewhere and if we're serious about building and
participating in a mass movement, rather than a polite
lobby, against the forthcoming slaughter then I'm for
inclusiveness, for numbers, rather than an entrance
exam.
best
Michael

--- "t.whid" <twhid@mteww.com> wrote:
> i was going to to stay out of this but there has
> been much discomfort
> among the war protestors on the 'leadership' of the
> demonstrations.
>
> see this:
>
http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2002/10/16/protest/
>
> i was at that rally described in the url above and
> the level of the
> speakers was indeed ridiculous. most of the speakers
> looked like
> saturday night live satires.
>
> the organization 'international answer' (see this:
> http://www.internationalanswer.org/) which snagged
> the permits for
> all the demos in washington dc thus far wouldn't let
> the rabbi
> michael lerner (founder of tikkun magazine
> http://www.tikkun.org)
> speak at the latest dc rally as he doesn't fit the
> rest of their
> agenda.
>
> the biggest problem with the antiwar movement thus
> far has been the
> dubious leaders and antiquated politics of some of
> the speakers.
>
> >Vijay -I guess you've been going to the wrong
> >demonstrations since the ones I 've been on have
> been
> >fantastic multiracial, crossgenerational affairs
> full
> >of people who know a good deal more about the
> history
> >of the Gulf and British and American imperialism
> there
> >than the cynical lies put out by our "leaders".
> >best
> >Michael
> >--- Vijay Pattisapu <disco@junglist.com> wrote:
> >> Dyske or people in his stance are not being
> smug.
> >>
> >> The anti-war demonstrations I've been attending
> have
> >> been painful to be a part of. Idiotic potheads,
> >> insecure charlatans, and just bored kids in
> general
> >> were the kind of speakers and audience at each
> one.
> >> We just stand there and listen to drivel even
> worse
> >> than our politicians are putting out--nobody
> knows
> >> what the fuck they're talking about, and it
> seems
> >> that, subconsciously, because they already have
> a
> >> conviction, they don't care to know more, or,
> God
> >> forbid, listen to the other side's arguments.
> >>
> >> They hear that loaded ***word*** "WAR" and lift
> up
> >> their posterboards.
> >>
> >> The on-campus debates here have been worthless,
> to
> >> say the least. Neither side has any kind of
> >> knowledge of the situation at hand, historical
> >> knowledge of the situation, patience for clear
> >> cohesive thought, or even respect enough for the
> >> other side to speak. The campuswide debate
> resulted
> >> in nothing more than a handful of fistfights.
> Those
> >> 500,000 don't get anything out of us American
> idiots
> >> kicking the shit out of each other, do they?
> >>
> >> The protesters that I have seen have done
> nothing
> >> but empty out another word-- "DEMONSTRATION." I
> saw
> >> nothing but a demonstration of incompetence and
> >> teenage rebellion.
> >>
> >> Now I am just another one of those bored kids
> who
> >> goes to these charades. Because I have nothing
> else
> >> to do.
> >>
> >> Please, everyone, give Dyske the respect
> enough to
> >> analyze his arguments enough to give due
> response
> >> towards something constructive, as he has
> touched
> >> upon important issues that us bored kids have
> not
> >> been able to articulate.
> >>
> >>
> >> The worst thing you can do to a movement is
> assume
> >> that everyone onboard is in for the right
> reasons.
> >>
> >>
> >> -Vijay
> >>
> >>
> >> >Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 15:22:14 -0800 (PST)
> >> > Michael Szpakowski <szpako@yahoo.com> RE:
> >> RHIZOME_RAW: Your role in stopping the war
> against
> >> IraqReply-To: Michael Szpakowski
> <szpako@yahoo.com>
> >> >
> >> >
> >> ><Let me clarify my position on the war before I
> go
> >> on
> >> > (in order to avoid any
> >> > confusions). I'm neither for nor against it. I
> >> > understand both sides of the
> >> > arguments and they both make sense to me,>
> >> >well! you clarified your postion, we've avoided
> any
> >> >confusion - great - that must be a relief to
> the
> >> >parents of the 500,000 kids that have died
> because
> >> of
> >> >sanctions, and the thousands of young soldiers
> who
> >> >will die, or to those who will fall under the
> >> category
> >> >of 'collateral damage'.
> >> > What your apparently sophisticated arguments
> hide
> >> is
> >> >a contempt for any sort of real engagement with
> >> life ,
> >> >which inevitably means taking moral postions
> and
> >> which
> >> >inevitably means trying to establish the truth
> of
> >> >things which you dismiss so loftily.
> >> >You know - rather Wally Keeler, who at least is
> >> >passionate and cares, than your smug
> abstentionism.
> >> >
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Re: Your role in stopping the war against Iraq


<Let me clarify my position on the war before I go on
(in order to avoid any
confusions). I'm neither for nor against it. I
understand both sides of the
arguments and they both make sense to me,>
well! you clarified your postion, we've avoided any
confusion - great - that must be a relief to the
parents of the 500,000 kids that have died because of
sanctions, and the thousands of young soldiers who
will die, or to those who will fall under the category
of 'collateral damage'.
What your apparently sophisticated arguments hide is
a contempt for any sort of real engagement with life ,
which inevitably means taking moral postions and which
inevitably means trying to establish the truth of
things which you dismiss so loftily.
You know - rather Wally Keeler, who at least is
passionate and cares, than your smug abstentionism.

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Re: Your role in stopping the war against Iraq


< Let's take it easy.>
let's not actually -let's rage at the fact that in a
world which could feed, clothe, house and educate
everyone and then some, our leaders ( who do not know
more than us -
just would like to claim to) are taking us into a war
in order to defend the interests of US big business
and it's oil arm in particular.
Your argument is a species of post structualism which
purports to be intellectually heavyweight but which
devolves down to a lazy 'everything is relative' , 'it
all depends on interpretation' that an eleven year old
would find unsophisticated.
The next time I get on a plane I'm going to hope damn
hard that the pilot's rules of physics are the same as
mine.
What is absent from your argument is any notion that
the driving force of history is not the ideas of
clever people ( and the clever person almost always
seems to be the one putting the argument) but the
material circumstances under which human beings labour
in the world to sustain and reproduce life in order
that anyone has time to philosophise.

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

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Re: We Interrupt This Art...


good idea Daniel.
I've done the same -I suggest we Brits link to
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/
which is the Coalition's site - they're organising the
15th February demo which promises to be huge.
best
Michael

--- "marc.garrett" <marc.garrett@furtherfield.org>
wrote:
> Thanx Daniel,
>
> Will do - already had a look at this site, and its
> kool.
>
> marc
>
>
> > I have violated the artistic purity of my precious
> NewZoid to insert
> messages on the site against war with Iraq. In them
> I recommend signing the
> anti-war statement found on http://www.moveon.org. A
> nice feature of that
> well-written statement allows you to add your
> personal comments to it.
> >
> > I respectfully suggest that other artists may find
> it appropriate to
> temporarily interrupt their artworks to make their
> views known.
> >
> > Daniel Young
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Re: One Day Left


<I hope that Rhizome, as a public space,
has been useful enough, and engaging enough, that
our survival matters to you, too.>
Absolutely. Certainly to me it does - I think it's a
tremendous resource & whenever I feel a bit aggravated
with some or other aspect of it I think to myself
"would I like to do any of the organisational work
associated with it?" & the answer is a big fat no.

The argument is not about $5 is it? Clearly anyone who
lives in the US and the majority of Europe who really
can't afford $5 a *year*(=less than one and a half
cents a day) is not thinking about new media art but
where their next mouthful is coming from.

Lastly the question of community: it's one of those
rather touchy feely words that I as a rather awkward
Brit have never that felt comfortable with..but..
I have to say that participating in the list and
looking at the site has been a real education for me
,I've met some very nice and some very interesting
people (and some who are both) and I've been
stimulated by what is in fact quite a large amount of
constructive debate .. and what does warm the cockles
of my cynical old heart is that when the discussion is
good it's very good indeed ..and that sometimes you
can see an almost palpable decision by a number of
contributors to start discussing something
constructive..examples being the thread Mark River
started recnetly and going back further, Eryk's 'Six
rules..' thing , which idea in particular has been a
really fertile and important one for me and my work.
It's when those moments happen that I feel I can mouth
the word community without blushing.
I read everything that Eryk posts, everything that
Curt, T.Whid, M.River, Ivan Pope post, most of what
Marc Garret, Jess and Max ( come back Max) post (most
of only because they're so damn prolific) plus I read
lots more.
I'm glad I read it and I learn a good deal from it.
I'd be extremely sorry to lose any of those
distinctive and fascinating voices and I really hope
that people will calm down, pay their $5 and stay and
apply themselves once more to a collective effort to
keep the list constructive and interesting ( which
doesn't mean of course conflict free).
If you find a particular contributor to be a pain in
the arse then block him/her then follow up by sending
something interesting to the list.
Oh and the Artbase ..OK maybe there are ( are there?)
people who don't have a life and work beyond the
Artbase and feel cheated that so many are getting in
and robbing them of their exclusivity but I think the
policy is about right- we simply don't know now who is
our Cezanne, our Picasso.
I suspect in 50 years the Artbase will be an
*extraordinarily* important historical document with a
fighting chance of containing included said net
Picasso, Cezanne.
that's my two pennyworth.
best
michael

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