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What Will The Left Do About The Continuation Of The Iraq War?

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esterday, one of the few remaining soi-disant conservatives left on my regular discussion forum asked the question: what will the Left do if US troops stay in Iraq after the agreed-upon exit date? Secretary of Defense-to-be Leon Panetta has strongly signalled that that will be the case on his watch.

It is 12:52 PM here in Clarksdale, and I am having the first of what looks like two-and-a-half cups of Burundian organic coffee. It is so-o-o-ooo balanced. Wish you were here, I'll bet a student like you are likes a good cup of coffee, and I may make the bestcup in Mississippi, to say nothing of Clarksdale.

What will we do? Well, not to set the bar too high for us, but we will act according to the post with which I started a thread day before yesterday, titled "The Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall." 

This historical event from 1971 was the freest and most spontaneous act of revolution in which I ever had the slightest reason to claim success. But the event deserves its own relation as part of an article suggesting ways in which Americans can resist the war machine today.

 The bottom part of that post is a description of and call to action October 6 and thereafter. It can be found at http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/07-2 .

October 6 is the 10th anniversary of the US entrance into Afghanistan. Dreadfully mishandled, of course, by a man who had no more business being CIC than my Aunt Bobby.

What? The Left do? Well, the Left will act non-violently and hopefully en masse, though as a movement planner, I can better ensure the first, through training and through vigilance at every level against co-option or betrayal, than the second, which is a function of how bad people feel bit.

One thing to remember about "The Left" in America is that a whole generation is coming to maturity now that never lived under the threat of The Cold War. By the time the people born in the 1990s were old enough to think about it, the Soviet Union had toddled off to the ol' historical dust-heap, and Russia wasn't even the big bad boogah-woogah it was when it had the other name.

"Communism" as those who knew its face during the Cold War saw it has been abandoned by nearly every nation in the world-- one is only holding on out of Latino respect for two mucho hombres, Fidel and Raul, and another is an international pariah. There is no nation to which senior leftists can point as an example of a Communist success story, in the way that there arguably was before World War Two.

There isn't a breeding ground for Leftism of the traditional variety here. Although a socialist, I have never been anything like the kind of doctrinaire Marxist leftist that pretty much folded their tents under an overwhelming barrage of behavioral modification against anything that even might be thought of as leftism years ago.

Marx is even correct about who ought to own the means of production and all that, it's just that at this stage of world capitalism's ugly progress from industrial development to post-industrial consumerist profit-skimming what constitutes a "worker" is far beyond anything Marx might have contemplated, in a world between 7 and 8 times more populated than it was at the time of the writing of the Communist Manifesto.

Now we have BILLIONS of hungry mouths, for which there is no machine to put hands to.

We're worried about 9 percent unemployment in America? Get RE-E-EAL used to it.

Those jobs are never coming back under this Old Paradigm of unregulated consumerism. What work can a person do, under the old paradigm of everyone, ultimately, out for himself-- i.e. capitalism as classically described by Smith?

What work can a refugee in Darfur ever have?

How tight can you screw the spring of investor earnings until there's just no way that more and more value can be gotten out of less and less resources, in a dirtier and dirtier environment, with a largely unchecked doubling rate of world population, before it snaps?

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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 40 years. I was at MayDay, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.

I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.

My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.

Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina

High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors 1968.

College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG

1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.

I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.

1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.

This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truckdriving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...





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