to the editors of The
American Conservative for putting my
piece on the antiwar movement online – that means
I don't have to write a column today! Not that I'm going
to be idle. Because, you see, I have to get together
yet another fundraising letter (moan).
My last one raised nearly $6,000 – thanks!
But it still isn't enough. At this rate, we'll be closing
up shop right around the time the bombs start falling
on Iraq – the Ides of March.
we don't need much to survive – my goal is $20,000 this
quarter. Unlike the War Party, which lavishes its minions
with millions, we don't have access to big
donors: our average contribution is around fifty
bucks. Lots of people dig deep in their pockets,
and come up with the spare change necessary to keep
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the outbreak of war in the Middle East, Antiwar.com
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in several ways.
For one, the day war breaks out, this
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as appalling as the likelihood of war itself. But the
horror of the idea that my life will become one continuous
column is counter-balanced by the other exciting stuff
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ANTIWAR MOVEMENT: UP FROM LEFTISM?
back to my piece in TAC. In re-reading it, I
think that the ending may give the reader a false impression
of fatalism, that I would like to dispel in advance.
I do not believe it is too late for the antiwar
movement to get its act together, but, in raising the
issue of the lateness of the hour, I was merely underscoring
the urgent necessity of a radical transformation. Anyway,
it and let me know what you think.
I'm being interviewed on Chicago's WRMN AM, 1410, by
Ken Prasic – at 9:15 CST. Go
here to hear it on streaming audio (click on "Listen
Now" on the left side). This is part of the promotion
for the Libertarian
Party of Illinois convention, to be held February
28 – March 2, at the Four Points Sheraton - Oak Brook,
17 West 350 22nd Street, in Oakbrook Terrace. I am the
keynote speaker, and my talk, "Libertarianism in
the Age of Empire," is scheduled
for noon, on Saturday, the 29th: reserve
your seat now, as space is limited. Gee, I haven't
been to a Libertarian Party event since … the early
1980's! Thanks for the invite, Illinois Libertarians:
I'm really looking forward to it.
This Thursday, Feb 13, at 6:30pm CST,
I'm going to be interviewed on 91.7
KOOP FM, Austin, Texas, by Angela
Keaton, of "The Liberated Space."
Ellsberg plugs Antiwar.com in an interview with
Editor & Publisher: check
it out. I have always been a big fan of Ellsberg's,
and it's nice to know it's mutual.
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