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Issue No. 31: February-March '01

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This issue hit the streets February 2. This is some of it. Enjoy.
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Ripe for Revolt: Building a New Left by Morris Sullivan
After the election debacle, America seems ripe for political activism on numerous hot topics. Unfortunately, today's activist causes don't have enough unity for a truly effective and revolutionary movement to build momentum.

From the Editor: by Craig Mazer
You Are What You Eat. Read this before your next meal.

Mindpower by Patrick Scott Barnes
American Wages: A plea to corporate America: Please pay employees a livable wage. IMPACT Column by Tor Hyams
Block-Busted: Calling out Blockbuster for their Nazi-like takeover of the rental movie industry. Break the chains and the addiction.

Comic Relief: The K Chronicles by Keith Knight
Fighting the FCC and the National Association of Broadcasters to take back the public airwaves.

Pigs at the Trough: The Corporate Welfare State in America
by Craig Butler
Government payouts to corporations in the form of "welfare" are an outrage, a system far more in need of reform than welfare ever was. So where's the wave of congressional condemnation?

Quickies by various writers
A little bit on a whole heck of a hell of a lot of CDs.

Comic Relief: The Muddlemarch by Neal Skorpen
Political toons -- singing the corporate line and learning what a democracy is.
Pick the toon: Singing the corporate line | Learning about democracy

Profiting from Poverty: The U.S. Prison-Industrial Complex
by David Mericle
Fueled by racist right-wing politicians in both parties and the economic interests of some of the largest corporations in the U.S., the prison-industrial complex will continue to expand.

This issue's quotes:

"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital."

--Neal D. Bernard, M.D., president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
--Ayn Rand