Vol. VIII, No. 4, April 2002

Year Zero

Memory. Fear. Hope. Closure

by Jonathan Wallace

There are concrete structures in our minds, more tenacious than the World Trade Center was, organizing against fear. The strongest is a type of self deception which may kill us sometimes, but more often helps us to survive, in fact to want to survive, by disregarding the worst about our world.

If you submitted an article for this issue and do not see it here, please email me another copy at jw@bway.net. I had a computer crash this month and will run any missing articles next issue.

Soy Valdes
by Lisette García

Vicky blamed her fat butt on the Cuban government.

A Twelve Step Program for Recovering Liberals
by Ben G. Price

It is important that we make citizens democracy-literate.

Six Months Later
By Evan Maloney

Turning away from horror is always easier than facing up to it.

Internet Content Ratings: Censoring the World, Round Two by Seth Finkelstein

This is the return of a rival approach for governments to censor the net, a system which I had thought was dead and buried.

President Bush's State of the Union, and Iran
by Farhard Mafie

For the millions of Iranians suffering under one of the most oppressive governments ever known to mankind, every statement in the President's speech was like a breath of fresh air.

Sharon's Contest
by Colin Shea

Ariel Sharon looks into the abyss of hatred and does not blink, revels in that tigerish lust to annihilate which is so foreign to most of the western world.

Neo-Redneckery II: The Neo-Confederates
by Matthew Hogan

Neo-Confederacy is insidious because of its desire to make heroic an institution whose real motives were the elevation of proto-Nazi race ideology and human chattel slavery into fundamental state doctrine.

A Lying Sack of Government
by Jonathan Wallace

Two spouses of murder victims faced off before the Supreme Court--and one, solicitor general Ted Olson, argued for a government right to lie to people like himself.

Richard Thieme's Islands in the Clickstream: The Horrors Of War

. When the President of the United States and the leaders of terrorist networks believe passionately that God has chosen them to achieve God’s will, I do not sleep more soundly.

Letters To The Ethical Spectacle

Are we obligated to lock-step behind the war horse of a suddenly invigorated pseudo-president?

I would love this book even if my brother Joe hadn't written it.... Its a funny and nuanced children's story about a kid who believes he's too big and noisy, and a revelation that comes when he visits Africa with his parents.

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