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From our Mailbag 11/01 - 11/14/99


Questions for Matt Sharkey...

From Chapin R., Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA:

Hello, İ

I am a third year law student at the University of Illinois working on a project on Matt Hale.İ I was wondering ifİsomehow you might beİavailableİto get me in touch with Matt Sharkey? No big deal, but i have a few questions that could help me with my project.

Thanks, İ
chapin r.


ROD RESPONDS: Thanks for visiting the G21 and for writing. I've passed your e-mail on to Matt Sharkey, who I'm sure will be willing to help you. Regards.

Rod Gets an "Attaboy"...

From Bob Powers, Marietta, OH, USA:

The new issue is, in my opinion, the best that you've published since I became aware of G21. Every article is intelligent, highly readable and has an important point to make. (Well, not my columns, which simply seek to create a welcoming attitude toward new music by mostly unknown players.) İ This is a fabulous job, my friend. Use it as the model for the future and the world will come banging on your Baltimore door.
Bob

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On Devoon:

In private, you are intimately and exclusively confronted by the only person you have a right to obey or resent: yourself. Privacy is the situational source of all growth, improvement, education and morality.

And it's hard to masturbate in public.

Individualism is problematic in this country. Individuation, Jung's version, is different. And there is a difference. Individualism pays little attention to the Other. Individuation knows that relationship with the Other is the source of meaningful existence. An individual will have problems with fidelity. An individuated person will not. It's very subtle. Love does not have to commodify and objectify. That is a myth of the cruelest nature. The consumerist individual seeks an end to his needs. An individuated person knows that desire is not consumption but recognition of the Mystery in the Other that also lies within. Consumerist individualism is the cheapest of cynicisms. It denies your own desire, would offer tawdry simulacrums for the real thing. Not the need for power and glory. That isn't desire. Desire resides in that place deep inside us that truly knows we matter, beyond art or music or politics or glib sentimentalism. The real thing, thank god, can't be bought or sold or even clearly defined. But you it and I know it and all this other is just so much cocktail chatter.


WOLF DEVOON RESPONDS: I'm not sure how hard it is to masturbate in public office, considering the behavior of Bill Clinton. Individualism is not a problem in America or anywhere else. It was correctly understood by Tocqueville and Voltaire as a tradition of tolerance and private property. Those who complain about "objectified, commodified" love are probably thinking in terms of Marx, not Jung. Individualism is a serious matter, worthy of careful debate. Who profits and who loses, when we are exhorted to love everyone unconditionally?

Concern for the "other" is not a first principle, because it presupposes the existence of a free individual, who may or may not decide to spread his loyalty like grape jelly on every person, place, and thing in the universe. One of the ideas that I hope people wuill someday agree upon is the notion of self-determined integrity. Lord knows we have plenty of society, plenty of customs and public rituals, passed from one to another, generation after generation, offering as much freedom and individuality as a Mormon catechism. The goal of my writing in G21 is to speak frankly, on the assumption that others will rise to snuff the lamp of liberty. I regret only that my efforts pale in the lengthening shadow of Ayn Rand and Joseph Campbell.

A full statement of my ethical philosophy is posted at http://www.wolfdevoon.com/51_solution.html

And Rico Returns All Over the Place...

From Ric W., Austin, TX, USA:

And the Information Age essay.

Sorry, pal. The cow's outta the barn.

The World is America (even if it is multinational). Not that I'm proud of it. Unfortunately, it's the truth. The hope is that it won't be. (Ironically, it's the ahistorical aspect of America that is it's most attractive trait for ALL the world. No history means we are in the now. Now means hope. The past is a wreck. The future is a cipher, but NOW is the time for change, for hope, for love, for desire. Why else hang out with a bunch of drunken, uneducated louts? We've ALWAYS been anti-intellectual. Intellect implies memory. And we don't give a fig for memory. "We want the world and we want it--NOW!") But right now only a few rump groups aren't playing. And, hell, that don't matter. We need the unemployed. And for the same reason our schools suck. You are under the false impression that the powers that be actually want an educated populace. Just because they bitch about it doesn't mean they want to do something about it. Smoke and mirrors, pal. Good ole P. T. Barnum. THE MAN OF THE MILLENNIUM. "There's a sucker born every minute."

Rod Takes It On The Chin...

From Darryl C., Hershey, PA, USA:

SUBJECT: The Education Article

Rod,

This may seem sophomoric on my part but I read five paragraphs of the piece and didn't want to read anymore. The writer may not be able to do any better but I know you can select better material for your 'zine.

Darryl C.

The World's Magazine & The World's Mailbox (Sheesh!)

From James Squeaky, Oakland, CA, USA:

It's been July since I've sent out an email to all my unamerican friends-time to say "hello"

Announcing the arrival of http://misterridiculous.com - a webzine by me, James Squeaky of unamerican activities. I'm very proud with the way it came out-40 columnists, tons of writing, great Anarchist and fun site links, unamerican hate mail, contests, personal shit, record reviews, -a lot of content for the launch, that's for sure. Sorry, nothing for sale there.

Please come visit and give feedback.

What's going on around unamerican?

Actually, a lot. Srini and No-no girl are no longer a unit and so we have gone from being four people last May, to three to now just Srini and I, and actually-that's the way we like it for now.

We recently took a little trip to Las Vegas and had some fun hanging out with the kids who live in that stupid city. Srini moved from SF to Oakland back in July and I moved from SF to Oakland (in with Srini) a few days ago. Now, we have a great house (unfortunately, only the bottom floor) There is a lot less distractions over here, so we are really getting organized and our shit together.

Which means, that very soon we will have a few new t-shirts for sale and a few new stickers-of course, I'll update everyone on that. Also, we are working on completely re-doing the entire unamerican.com site-could be a few months before it's ready though cuz we're going to do it together-time for Squeaky to be less "behind the scenes".

The other big thing is that we have worked out a deal with some friends of ours to start handling our mailorder for us, that way we get to do more fun and creative stuff. The really good thing about this arrangement is that you should be getting your orders really fast, like in less than a week. We're really excited about the arrangement because I always felt terrible how long it took me to get orders out when I was doing it all on my own.

Keep an eye out for next month's Maximum Rock N Roll-Srini wrote a letter in response to the unreasonable article written about us in this month's-Srini's letter will be sure to make anyone smile, whether they hate us or love us.

Also, Srini and I are going to North Carolina for a week Thursday morning. We want to hang out with anyone in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham area and have set a date and time- Internationalist Bookstore (405 W Franklin St Chapel Hill), Sunday (November 14) at 2PM-it's going to be very informal-no performance or anything, we'll just be there-come buy stuff from this great store (that does stock unamerican product) and meet srini and I-also, let us know where the party is at, we want to get down with y'all.

We are looking for pictures and stuff to use for some sort of webzine or something. Pictures of our supporters, pictures of our products, artwork, drawings, writing, whatever-but don't email it to us, instead go to our idrive (http://www.idrive.com/unamerican) and you can upload it into one of the folders there.

Also, we'd really like to take a huge tour of the entire US to distribute our propaganda and meet as many of you as possible. If anyone out there has a good chunk of money they are looking to do something cool with, we could really use a grant for our tour. (never hurts to ask)

Anything else? Please don't forget to check out our new webzine (http://misterridiculous.com) I think you'll really like it. It needs your participation.

I'm always amazed by how cool it is to simultaneously email 35,000 people.

stay cool
james squeaky

James Squeaky- Cheap Visionary
http://www.misterridiculous.com "Fun with a Purpose"- my webzine http://www.unamerican.com pays the rent and lets me be crazy. http://misterridiculous.com/squeaky a little bout me.
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"People say so condescending "your idealism is amusing", but I say being alive is choosing to not give up"
-Aaron Cometbus (Pinhead Gunpowder, "I wanna")

"To me, getting involved in something ridiculous is life because life is ridiculous"
-Ian MacKaye (Punk Planet #31, May/June 1999)


From Barb Y. (No City Provided,) USA:

Hanoi Jane

Looks like Hanoi Jane may be honored as one of the "100 Women of the Century". JANE FONDA remembered? Unfortunately many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our "country" but the men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam. There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Jane Fonda's participation in what I believe to be blatant treason, is one of them. Part of my conviction comes from exposure to those who suffered her attentions. The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1978, the Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a former POW in Ho Lo Prison-the "Hanoi Hilton". Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJs, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American "Peace Activist" the "lenient and humane treatment" he'd received. He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward upon the camp Commandant's feet, accidentally pulling the man's shoe off-which sent that officer berserk. In '78, the AF Col. still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying days) from the Vietnamese Col.'s frenzied application of wooden baton.

From 1983-85, Col. Larry Carrigan was the 347FW/DO (F-4Es). He spent 6 years in the "Hilton"-the first three of which he was "missing in action". His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned/fed/clothed routine in preparation for a "peace delegation" visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his SSN on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: "Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?" and "Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?" Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge...and handed him the little pile.

Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Col. Carrigan was almost number four. For years after their release, a group of determined former POWs Including Col. Carrigan, tried to bring Ms. Fonda and others up on charges of treason. I don't know that they used it, but the charge of "Negligent Homicide due to Depraved Indifference" would also seem appropriate. Her obvious "granting of aid and comfort to the enemy", alone, should've been sufficient for the treason count. However, to date, Jane Fonda has never been formally charged with anything and continues to enjoy the privileged life of the rich and famous. I, personally, think that this is shame on us, the American Citizenry. Part of our shortfall is ignorance: most don't know such actions ever took place. Thought you might appreciate the knowledge. Most of you've probably already seen this by now... only addition I might add to these sentiments is to remember the satisfaction of relieving myself into the urinal at some airbase or another where "zaps" of Hanoi Jane's face had been applied.

To whom it may concern:
I was a civilian economic development advisor in Viet Nam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Viet Nam in 1968, and held for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I was weighing approximately 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.) We were Jane Fonda's "war criminals." When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with Jane Fonda. I said yes, for I would like to tell her about the real treatment we POWs were receiving, which was far different from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by Jane Fonda, as "humane and lenient." Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees with outstretched arms with a piece of steel placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane every time my arms dipped. I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda for a couple of hours after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She did not answer me, her former husband, Tom Hayden, answered for her. She was mind controlled by her husband. This does not exemplify someone who should be honored as "100 Years of Great Women." After I was released, I was asked what I thought of Jane Fonda and the anti-war movement. I said that I held Joan Baez's husband in very high regard, for he thought the war was wrong, burned his draft card and went to prison in protest. If the other anti-war protesters took this same route, it would have brought our judicial system to a halt and ended the war much earlier, and there wouldn't be as many on that somber black granite wall called the Vietnam Memorial. This is democracy. This is the American way.

Jane Fonda, on the other hand, chose to be a traitor, and went to Hanoi, wore their uniform, propagandized for the communists, and urged American soldiers to desert. As we were being tortured, and some of the POWs murdered, she called us liars. After her heroes-the North Vietnamese communists-took over South Vietnam, they systematically murdered 80,000 South Vietnamese political prisoners. May their souls rest on her head forever. Shame! Shame! (History is a heavy sword in the hands of those who refuse to forget it. Think of this the next time you see Ms. Fonda-Turner at a Braves game). Please take the time to read and forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that "we will never forget". Lest we forget..."100 years of great women" Jane Fonda should never be considered.




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