Against the Current, No. 97, March/April 2002
On Lessons of Enron and War
— The Editors
Accuride: A UAW Local's Lonely Strugge
— Dianne Feeley
Why Mumia Should Just Go Free Now
— Steve Bloom
Race and Class: Why Black Patriotism?
— Malik Miah
Palestine-Israel: "One Minute to Midnight"
— David Finkel
Pakistani from Pariah State to Partner
— Tariq Amin
— Daniel Ximenez
Nicaragua's Elections Under the Eagle's Talons
— Phyllis Ponvert
What's Happening in France?
— Sophie Béroud, Pierre Cours-Salies, Patrick Le Tréhondat and Patrick Silberstein
Random Shots: Dubya's Many Axes of Evil
— R.F. Kampfer
- Women's World of Struggle
Gender and Identity in Pakistan
— Shahnaz Rouse
Feminism in the New Gender Order
— Johanna Brenner
Review: Women in a Sweatshop World
— Mary McGinn
The Rebel Girl: Celebrate Women and Global Justice!
— Catherine Sameh
Fred Halliday and Pax Americana
— Phil Hearse
A Response to Critics on Capitalist Origins
— Ellen Meiksins Wood
A Critical Look at Social Decay and Transformation
— Cynthia Young
- Letters to Against the Current
Letter to the Editor on Genoa
— Peter Drucker
Letter to the Editor on Fate of the Russian Revolution Review
— Paul Hampton
- In Memoriam
Remembering Marty Glaberman (1918-2001)
— Seymour Faber and Linda Manning Myatt
THE CONCEPT OF an Axis of Evil seems to derive from a 1942 Captain Marvel comic-book series about the Monster Society of Evil. Of course, that’s a little before Dubya’s time.
Dubya is displaying all the signs of what the Greeks called Hubris, which, as we know, is always followed by Nemesis.
Somebody (Clausewitz or Lao-Tse) once said that the essence of Grand Strategy is to unite your allies and divide your enemies. Dubya seems determined to do the exact opposite.
Dubya’s dad warned him against sushi, but never mentioned pretzels.
Pop Goes the Culture
FOLLOWING 9/11, THE producers of Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy are considering changing the name of the second installment to “The Two Towers.”
None of the movie versions of “Treasure Island” introduce us to Long John Silver’s wife, described in the book as “a woman of colour.”
Arthur Andersen’s accountants’ motto: Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.
Spray Cologne on a Pig
KAMPFER HOUSEHOLD HINTS: When compelled to clean an area that doesn’t really need it, just spray a little pungent cleanser into the atmosphere. A place that smells clean will usually pass inspection.
Editor’s Note: At the other extreme, the above method can also be tried in a wide variety of cases when the mess is so filthy that it can’t be cleaned up at all, hence you might as well try anything. This would apply, for example, to Enron’s books; the bombing of civilian homes in Afghanistan; the economy of Argentina; and Olympic figure-skating judging.
Speaking of Enron, our ace proofreader Reggie suggests that the company’s executives might be the perfect example for the application of Taliban justice: Cut off their hands for stealing.
Wars Without End
THE NRA MIGHT want to notice that none of the 9/11 perpetrators were carrying a gun.
The U.S. Army adopted the .45 automatic because a Moro juramentado could absorb six rounds from a .38, and keep coming with his bolo knife. Now the Army is back in the Philippines, armed with the 9 mm. Beretta. We shall see.
Thanks to EK for pointing out that Nixon declared War on Cancer in 1971. Anybody remember how that came out?
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