- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Four 'commies'

"Rage Against the Machine comprises four guys who are let me be precise here commies. The 'machine' against which they 'rage' is capitalism, and their goal is its overthrow… .
"Says lead singer Zack de la Rocha, 'We've all been put to sleep … by a system that would rather see all of you at that bar … rather than acting against it and fighting a system which has been perpetrating imperialist lies… .'
"The band's second album, 'Evil Empire' … [offers] detailed reading lists for fans intended to wake them up, lists that include 'Das Kapital,' Lenin's 'State and Revolution' … not to mention works by Che Guevara, Herbert Marcuse, Frantz Fanon, Noam Chomsky and Huey Newton… .
"In the past two months, the band has come under fire from the Fraternal Order of Police for its heated defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal … who gunned down Officer Daniel Faulkner on a Philadelphia street in 1981."
John Podhoretz, writing on "Bauer, Keyes and the Mosh Pit," in the Feb. 7 issue of the Weekly Standard

Lethal lifestyles?

"Preventing disease is clearly an attractive idea, not least to politicians; it carries the seductive message that social engineering might do for health what costly intervention has not… .
"We now believe … in the 'potential lethality of food,' despite the inherent improbability that human beings, after millions of years of evolution, should suddenly become vulnerable to their 'lifestyle.' …
"Human beings are resilient we wouldn't be here if we weren't but we are, at the moment, in the grip of an extraordinary collective self-delusion on the one hand, and sophomoric understanding of the human condition on the other. Nobody presumes to change the world these days, but some people want us all to think the same.
"The cult of lifestylism, far from reducing dependency on doctors, has had the opposite effect; and the price for conniving with managerial quality statements and ragged science is a profession that is intellectually coerced and coercive."
Dr. Iain Bamforth, writing on "Are we really what we eat?" in the Dec. 31 issue of the London Times Literary Supplement

Conspiracy theorist

"The time has finally come for the public to seriously question the mental stability of self-proclaimed civil rights leader Jesse Jackson. After the court upheld the expulsion of six black thugs from a school in Decatur, Ill., Jesse has been a man without a real mission.
"In short, the reverend is quickly losing his slim grasp of reality.
"Claiming that there is a conspiracy by white, racist school officials, our nation's newest conspiracy has coined the term 'Decatur Syndrome.' Jesse has charged that racist school board members are actively seeking to expel young black students from school so that these same young blacks can fill our prisons, making jobs for scores of other racist, white workers… .
"One week it is expelled students, the following week it is the Confederate battle flag Jesse is desperately searching for an issue to exploit. The most plausible explanation for Rev. Jackson's bizarre behavior is that he no longer has a legitimate racial issue that requires his attention… .
"True racial healing is a killer for the purveyors of racial division… . Where you cannot find racism, you must create it or lose power.
"As a greater number of black Americans continue to prosper, realizing the dream has become a nightmare for Jesse Jackson."
Robert Yoho, writing on "Losing His Grip," Friday in the on-line journal "American Partisan" at www.americanpartisan.com

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