Tuesday, October 16, 2001

  • A Thousand People Pack a Local School Board Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, to Debate the Pledge of Allegiance

    More than a thousand people tried to squeeze into the Memorial High School auditorium in Madison, Wisconsin last night for a school board meeting, with dozens overflowing into the school’s cafeteria.

  • The New Mccarthyism? City University of New York Chancellor, Board of Trustees, Denounce Professors Critical of U.S. Foreign Policy

    A piece in Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid, The New York Post, reads: "Let’s get clear on one thing: Yes, the First Amendment protects the right of any American–even college professors ­ to say stupid things in public.

  • Many Are the Crimes: Mccarthyism in America

    The poet Wallace Stevens wrote that "All history is modern history." Well, in recent weeks we’ve seen a surge of attacks on academics and virtually anyone else criticizing US foreign policy and a wave of efforts around the country to enforce a certain brand of patriotism. All of this has an uncomfortable ring for dissidents who lived through or have studied the period of US history known as McCarthyism. McCarthyism encompassed far more than the brief career of Senator Joseph McCarthy. It was the most widespread episode of political repression in the history of the United States. In the name of National Security, most Americans—liberal and conservative alike-supported an anti-Communist purge of government, the arts, academia, the labor movement, and many other institutions. It’s a purge whose legacy lingers on today.

  • An Hour with the "Father of Peace Studies," Johan Galtung

    As they organize against the US/British war of Afghanistan, peace activists in the US are confronting the challenge of how preserve civil liberties and security while working for peace and addressing the root causes of terrorism. Few people are more qualified to address these questions than Johan Galtung. And today we will spend the hour with him.