3 A.M. POLITICS
Political oriented articles, stories, essays, and documentaries as featured in previous editions of 3 A.M. MAGAZINE.
THE TYRANNY OF GEOGRAPHY
"It's too early to say whether 'anti-globalisation' will be the political narrative of the left for this century. What we can say at this stage is that there is a vast and growing movement out there -- I estimate it in the hundreds of millions -- which opposes the imposition of free market capitalism around the world. This movement is largely based in the poor world, though we only tend to notice it when it arrives to protest in Western cities." Stephen McDougall interviews Paul Kingsnorth, chronicler of the anti-globalisation movement and author of One No, Many Yeses.
LOOKING BACK AT ANGER
"The reason I went to Spain in 1964 was directly as a result of the judicial murder of two young anarchists for actions in which they did not participate and which killed no one -- the bombing of Franco's secret police headquarters and the fascist union headquarters. At that time, in that atmosphere, it was the only honourable thing to do." Andrew Stevens interviews the Angry Brigade's trial defendant, Stuart Christie -- the man who tried to assassinate General Franco.
ENGLAND'S MISSING CRITIC
"The New Labour 'Project' in Britain and its 'end of politics' whispering campaign, has taken dissent out of the picture. It is suppression through co-option. Revolution is now a shop. Every rebel yell is quickly tagged to a franchise. It is the argumentative manner that is being lost, a forceful and independent spirit spiked, and an easy, careless politeness and fugitive, fashionable bondage has replaced it. It has eaten into our bowels and come to the vital parts. In Stewart Home, Mick Farren, Tariq Ali, Steven Wells, Germaine Greer, Tony Benn we still hear its noise, but there is such a clamour in opposition to it perhaps it will be destroyed if we don't take great care, and speedily." Richard Marshall reports on the Second Annual William Hazlitt Day-School at St Catherine's College, Oxford.
COMMENTARY ON THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
Charles Shaw offers his second annual blow by blow of MSNBC's broadcast of the "State Of The Empire" address.
DEFEND US FROM THE DEFENDERS
"In my view, an erosion of independent thought, debate and opinion is occurring throughout so-called advanced democracies. It's a gradual downward slide, rarely overt or much noticed by the majority of citizens. Many of these citizens may happen to know that 1984 is the title of a famous book by George Orwell, but most of them would be hard-pressed to say who Rosa Luxemburg was, the revolutionary socialist who upheld that freedom is always the freedom of those of a different opinion." By Glenn Brigaldino.
RED ARMY FICTION
"Baader-Meinhof was always a cool and hip reference point. The 'Wanted' poster with Meinhof in her Ray Ban Wayfarers; the crushed velvet pants that Baader wore; the group was in many ways hip personified." Richard Huffman tells Andrew Stevens how the German terrorists saved BMW.
THE OFFICIAL DISSENTING EDUCATIONALIST
"Education is a key mechanism for achieving some form of social justice. There's a huge disparity that occurs, especially in Britain, because of the way we educate our children. We have a class elitism built in to the system. It's appalling and to the detriment of our society as a whole. I think that a well-educated society is the only way of achieving true citizenship." Diane Coyle interviews Bethan Marshall.
WE DON'T USE THE F-WORD IN HERE
"I was nervous about our impending tour of Langtrees brothel. I had convinced myself that the whole set up was some elaborate ruse to steal our money, passports and possessions. In my darker moments I envisioned a sophisticated trap delievering us into the hairy palms of an antipodean vice ring looking to peddle our asses in some S and M dungeon. Beth tried to put me at ease by dismissing my fears as those of “a big fucking pansy”. After lunch I tried once more to convey to her the indignities of being sodomized in a rubber gimp outfit, but there was no changing her mind. When 3’ o clock came I found myself turning down the infamous Hay Street. It seemed a strange location for a red light district. There was “O’Brien’s Windscreens”, “The Tile Centre” and then three brothels." Read this extract from Backpacking with Bin Laden by James Cessford.
BUSH FORETOLD BY SINCLAIR LEWIS' CLASSIC, "IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE"
"Jessup is a man whose essential honesty makes him a hero, yet the first time that Ledue sends Jessup to jail, Jessup does not feel so brave. He wants to feel like an honorable man for going to jail, because evil men like Windrip, Saranson and Ledue only send honorable men to jail. But Jessup is also a respectable old New Englander to whom jail is a place only bad people go. Jessup is not a superman, he is merely a decent human being who in the end becomes an underground fighter for democracy." By the always-charming 3am favorite, Lionel Rolfe.
"An explanation that satisfied the curiosities of nosy children many years ago does not begin to scratch the surface of who I am. I endow an aggregated threat to blandness on mother earth. Full of colors my ancestors derived through indigenous or other means; I am everyone and one of many. My mind, body and spirit season the banality of a black and white world. My DNA is Multicultural." By Nancy T. Robinson.
A SCREAMING SIREN, A HOWLING WIND - REFLECTIONS FROM GROUND ZERO, SEPT 11, 2002
"What can possibly be said about this day that hasn't been said in every media outlet in the world? And despite the vast orchestrations by governments and media to make the day a collective and common experience for the whole world, the truth was that it was intensely personal and inner-looking. What had we done with our lives over the last year? What was different, what was changed? Had things gotten better? What lay in store for us? Could it ever happen again?" 3am's Charles Shaw returns to Ground Zero one year later. VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY
ACTUAL DEAD PEOPLE
"Then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed two boys pointing and giggling at the javelin-thrower's plasticated penis. And it struck me - you've guessed it - these are actual dead people. Suddenly all kinds of questions began raising themselves. On the subject of human dignity, how would I like to die and have my body flayed and displayed in all its gory glory for school kids and old ladies to gawp at (answer: thanks but no thanks). And what exactly is the difference between those old 19th century freak shows with their bearded ladies and two-headed children and BODY WORLDS with its deformed fetuses and hunchbacked torsos?" Dig deep into the meat of BODY WORLDS with David Cox.
ISRAEL WITH WEARINESS AND FEAR
"But I said to myself that as important as Israel is, I was not going to be forced to follow the likes of Jewish facists like Begin, Shamir and Sharon -- whose ideological mentor Vladmir Jabotinsky admired Mussolini's kind of politics, but not Hitler's, only because Hitler hated Jews whereas Mussolini was much more laissez faire with his Jew hatred." The much revered Lionel Rolfe shares his thoughts on Israel with 3am.
LIFE IN A POT GROWING COUNTY
"Growing pot is like every other business. The poor chumps get worked and exploited by those who have the resources and funds. Then again, most of them were chumps at the start and earned their way up the ladder the hard way so now they are collecting the benefits of being a bigger fish. Like it. Don't like it. It doesn't matter. Those with the money set the rules, and not many growers have the money." By the mysterious Mr. Greg.
DéTENTE OR TAUREAU-MERDE?
"But the treaty represents a marked departure from some of President Bush's other recent policies. Although the President is a strong advocate for accountability and testing when it comes to the evaluation of student's test scores and their impact on funding for school districts, the nuclear arms treaty has no such provisions for verifying that any arms cuts are actually implemented. This of course is easy to explain, since nuclear weapons are much more dangerous than high school students; even if these students are armed to the teeth as their constitutional right to bear arms allows." By Roy D. Kushner.
THE RADICAL UTOPIAN - AN INTERVIEW WITH JOEL SCHALIT
"People need to read Machiavelli more often to understand that. It’s just as valid to explain why religion is used to achieve a political end as Marxism. But the reason they are used as such is that religious narratives are highly politicised to begin with." 3am Political Editor Charles Shaw interviews Joel Schalit, Co-Editor of Punk Planet and author of Jerusalem Calling.
"The stakes were high – and Belgium folded without revealing its cards. But the ante will be higher in the next round as the blood continues to flow from a generation of Palestinians that have no memories - and no expectations - of anything but war." By Colin Shea.
GROUND ZERO, INC.
"But when you look at it, a big hole is the last thing you see. You see what was there, and then you suddenly become aware of what is not. Every building in the vicinity was smashed by falling debris. The brand new Millennium Hilton a beautiful, sleek, austere black tower, had no windows for the first ten floors. Ditto across the Plaza with the first 20 on One World Financial Center, the home of American Express. The old Federal Building across the street seemed hardly touched. It was so hard to imagine that three tall buildings once stood there (don’t forget Building 7, the 47 story box that took most of the brunt of the Towers collapsing and went down itself). It was certainly a testament to the economy of space in our major cities." Charles Shaw takes a trip to Ground Zero.
COMMENTARY ON THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
3am Magazine Political Editor Charles Shaw offers a blow by blow of MSNBC’s broadcast of the State Of The Republic address.
THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS
"What we are going to do is give a voice to the voiceless! There are about 160 million Americans who do not listen to traditional right-wing, intensely commercial, corporate talk radio because they have been deselected. We're gonna throw a great big fucking party in the afternoon." Charles Shaw interviews Harrison.
"Just imagine: this was an office off Carnaby Street which had four hundred people in there. Eeverybody was pierced or had strange hair. It was just the most funky place and a lot of them thought it was just the best time of their life. You could not imagine anything more exciting. Until it turned into Paradise Found and Lost within a year." Richard Marshall interviews Rory Cellan-Jones of Dot.Bomb fame.
SEX AND ECONOMICX: AN INTERVIEW WITH CYBER-PUNK ECONOMIST DIANE COYLE
"Diane Coyle is one of the leading economic experts working today. Her new book, Paradoxes Of Prosperity is her third book explaining her unique and radical perspective. Here she talks to 3AM’s Richard Marshall about what she’s been thinking since she quit her job as the leading economic editor of The Independent to pursue her mission to communicate her cyberpunk economics to as wide an audience as she can." Richard Marshall interviews Diane Coyle.
GORE VIDAL AND TIMOTHY McVEIGH AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
"The dogmas propagated by contemporary ‘libertarian’ militants can be traced back to nineteenth century anarchists like Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, a vicious anti-semite who dreamt of the Nazi holocaust nearly a hundred years before the Nazis. For these groups government of any kind is an anathema. And everyone is of no value. Soho bar customers, Brick Lane pedestrians, subway commuters, low paid lab technicians, government office workers are all fair targets for such hate groups. And of course such hate groups are there to create terror and a mood so that the violence on their agenda takes place. For Gore Vidal to line up with Timothy McVeigh is odd and seems to show a surprising lack of understanding about how reactionary movements function." By Richard Marshall.
AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE BELL AND MARTIN ROWSON
"There’s a journalist, Christopher Hitchens, whom I greatly admire. Generally because the gaudiness of his prose matches his subject matter which is what we do as cartoonist. It’s very visceral. Very immediate. There’s a wonderful line which I take as my guiding star a wonderful line of overblown journalism which he wrote in his biography of Henry Kissinger ‘ One can never eat enough to vomit enough when one thinks about Henry Kissinger.’ I met Hitchens once and went over to him and said ‘let me shake your hand for that line.’ It’s that visceral response that as a cartoonist is what I am looking for. It’s what we should do. We have to go the extra leap. The extra five yards or whatever. Say the unacceptable." Richard Marshall interviews Steve Bell and Martin Rowson.
THE TWIN TOWERS - VOID AND ACTUALITY OF THE DATA STORM
"Let me repeat myself here, the Twin Towers were not simply destroyed by terrorists. Granted, there were deaths on an industrial scale, and this was horrific enough, but the actual terror emerged from the disaster being endlessly played back and looped on television. This was fed into the public psyche twenty-four hours a day, and nothing but terror could emerge from this implosion of meaning in the media. This technique is known as psychic driving, and the effects are particularly deadly among those who willingly expose themselves to "real" time footage of unfolding media events and endless replays of disasters." By Jacques de Molay.
"It is a fascinating irony of the dot.com start-ups that so many of its employees were, in a sense, living contradictions of the presumptions about the future their business models depended upon. E-commerce envisaged a world in which people would be content to access all their needs sat in solitude at a computer screen inside their own home – but what the people who actually worked at the dot.coms found most liberating about their new work environment were the old-fashioned pleasures of sociability and human interaction." By Richard Marshall.
THE STRANGE VOICE OF DIANE COYLE'S NEW CAPITALISM
"It really feels like a revolution is happening when you read her work. And it is exhilarating and scary as well. We don't know where we're going. We can't predict. There will be events happening at unprecedented speed. And mysteries hidden in the momentum." By Richard Marshall.
DATA PANICS AND DATA VOIDS
"A journalist recovering from an anthrax infection asked her doctor if once she was well she'd be able to touch type. The doctor assured her she'd have no problems with this. The journalist thought this was incredible, because until then she'd always typed with her index fingers, and looked at the keyboard as she did so." By Jacques de Molay.
REVIEW OF WALT BRASCH'S "THE JOY OF SAX"
"This is witty stuff but all such tom foolery begs the important question – should Clinton's victims have to say it's OK to be raped if they get treated better by a new improved medi-care. Perhaps what Clinton needs is the treatment of Swift. We need a modest proposal to trammel the depths of a man who could allegedly rape a woman and sentimentalize his politics; who could buy off, if not bump off his friends, when they became enemies to his cause, and yet be elected on the veneer of social concern." By Bethan Marshall.
"After ten years in power, the Milosevic regime was well on its way to finally proclaiming cretinism as the highest value. I wanted Biblioteka Alexandria to be one of the small oases of reality in an ocean of false life." Andrew Gallix interviews Serbian writer Dusan Velickovic.
KOSOVO AND THE MEDIA
"Reporters apparently couldn't even spot that NATO's cockpit footage--said to prove that the bombing of a passenger train was 'accidental'--was being shown to them at three times its normal speed. I wouldn't trust these people to set my VCR, let alone report a war. . . . The basic assumption of the moral superiority of the West is the contemporary equivalent of assumptions of racial superiority 100 years ago. It's been accurately described as a 21st century version of the 'White Man's Burden'. That's what needs to be challenged. . . . I hope that the number of people prepared to question the received wisdom will grow. There will be a next time." Andrew Gallix interviews Philip Hammond.
EMERICA: A NATION OF SELF-RELIANCE
Ever wonder what it would be like if David Koresh and his minions in Waco, Texas were obsessed with Ralph Waldo Emerson and guns rather than the Bible (and guns)? Tom Waltz's social/political satire "EMERICA: A Nation of Self-Reliance" endeavors to answer that very question.
THE NEW COLD WAR: MAKING CRIME PAY
THE HOME OF THE FREE? More like the land of the Quickly Becoming Incarcerated. The Wall Street Journal reports that prisons are big business. Now a large number are run by private corporations trying to make an easy buck... which means cutting operating costs any way they can. Reform - Gone. Living conditions - Gone. Crowded cell blocks - worse than ever. It's no wonder many nonviolent offenders are released back into society - not only broke - but with chips on their shoulders... "Convicts have become commodities". By Cliff Montgomery.
THE IMMEDIATE EFFECT
You read about the blast effects of a lone nuclear weapon on a large city - this issue Dr. Alan Phillips draws us in on the grisly details of what happens medically when we're attacked by a radioactive weapon of mass destruction. Sci-fi? Hardly, especially when terrorists keep getting bolder and bolder. (Part II of a continuing series!)
LIFE AS I SEE IT
To inaugurate this new column, we bring you a double dose of Randy Burns. The Great Ethics Scare... They’re back. Just when you thought you were safe: “Watch out now, after the election they’ll be arriving for a brief visit everywhere. Truth and ethics, riding together.” The Death of Frank Wills - “No one ever knew for certain whether Nixon was made up out of five separate assholes, or if he had been born as one great big one.” This is “one for the unsung who whisper into death.” God bless Frank Wills.
OCTOBER, 2000 - SATIRE
"I wanted to kill something. Something small like ladybugs. I wanted revenge for the humiliation, for his training me, making me his very own personal hole . . . and I had to have him again. (ADULT ORIENTED.)" By Ron Mendricks.
WHISPERS IN GREAT FALLS
OCTOBER, 2000 - POLITICA
Anytown, USA is rocked with charges of police brutality. Who started it? The cops blame 'Dennis the Menace'. Yeah, right. 3 AM's Cliff Montgomery reports.
TELEVISION: PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED
OCTOBER, 2000 - VOX POPULI
Kids are watching TV and then going out and killing each other. And no one will do the obvious. Tom Waltz presents the facts - you gonna listen?
WHEN THE NUCLEAR BOMBS COME TUMBLING DOWN
"Exploded on land, the bomb would vaporize all people and buildings... If in the harbour, there would be a crater
in the harbour floor and a tidal wave...." 3 A.M. Magazine brings you: "The Effects on the Inhabitants of a City of the Explosion of a Nuclear Bomb" By Dr. Allan Phillips.
JOLO UNDER SIEGE
OCTOBER, 2000 - POLITICA
Abu Sayyaf, a group of Muslim extremists notoriously known for several bombings, assassinations, and kidnapping incidents in Metro Manila and Mindanao have been terrorizing the Philippines for a number of months. When will they be stopped? 3 A.M. MAGAZINE'S Rolando Ecarnacion reports from the Philippines.
ANIMAL EXTINCTION: IRRATIONAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR
AUGUST, 2000 - VOX POPULI
"There is undeniable human arrogance afoot when it is claimed that the dinosaurs were a species that failed." By Tom Waltz.
AMERICAN FEAR: A REPORT FROM THE NRA FRONTLINE
AUGUST, 2000 - POLITICA
"Two full halls, displaying enough raw guns and ammo to maintain a cozy dictatorship in South America for a few months. If you can shove it into a gun and blow it out of the other end, they've got it here on the floor. Smokeless gunpowder. A guy in camouflage that's so mind-bendingly real a dog may well come over to piss on him at any second. I keep my eyes peeled, but no such luck." By Cliff Montgomery.
JUNE, 2000 - VOX POPULI
"Sergeant Henderson was a woman Marine. She was the non-commissioned officer in charge of me. She was also a holy terror most of the time, constantly on my case, and I liked her about as much as I liked Saddam Hussein." Tom Waltz met Sergeant Henderson during the Gulf War - and survived to tell the tale.
DRUG-INFO BAN LIKELY TO BECOME LAW
JUNE, 2000 - ANGRY!
In this issue, the ANGRY! section is taken over by our friends at 420Times.com who sent us this article by Dana Larsen of Cannabis Culture Magazine.
KEEPING THE PEACE
APRIL, 2000 - VOX POPULI
In "Keeping the Peace", Tom Waltz shows just how difficult - even tragic - it can be to keep the peace when there is no peace to keep.
"It all started a little more than three weeks ago with the demonstrations that got out of control, and continued right on through to the day before yesterday, the day we found the mass graves."
CUSTARD PIE IN THE SKY
APRIL, 2000 - ANGRY!
In "Custard Pie in the Sky," Andrew Gallix analyses Noël Godin's slapstick tactics and pâtisserie terrorism :
"Godin-Le Gloupier inhabits a twilight world suspended between plot-hatching obscurity and limelight-hogging ubiquity. His pâtisserie pranks regularly hit the headlines, and yet he can still strike unawares in broad daylight, confounding the tightest of security measures Fantômas-fashion."
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