- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2000

Too white?

“Julie Barnet, a white woman from suburban Washington, urges fellow social activists to tackle a glaring irony in their campaign against corporate greed and developing-world poverty: While the antiglobalization crowd purports to speak for people of color worldwide, here in the U.S., the protesters themselves tend to be people of pallor.

“There’s not much time left before the folks who turned last year’s Seattle trade talks into an uprising against economic injustice face their next challenge demonstrations aimed at shutting down the World Bank/ International Monetary Fund spring meetings on April 16 and 17. They are hoping that as many as 30,000 people will converge on Washington for ‘A16,’ as they call it… .

[T]he Rev. Alice J. Davis … is dubious that the Seattle crowd will have much luck recruiting in her church. ‘I’m not sure the African-American community is in tune with trying to change the system, as much as trying to get a leg up.’

“The Mobilization for Global Justice, the coalition of activists that’s organizing A16, aims to change that. ‘It’s not totally white Jews,’ organizer Adam Eidinger says of the protest cadre. ‘I’m Jewish, and so are some other people working on this, but we looked around the room and said, “We’re a little weak on this one.” ‘ ”

Michael M. Phillips, writing on “Wanted: People of Color to Battle Evil World System,” in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal

Castro’s council

“In 1975, the National Council of Churches … published an informational pamphlet entitled ‘Cuba: People-Questions.’ …

“Thankfully, the pamphlet explains, the Cuban people ‘overwhelmed the invaders’ at the Bay of Pigs, and so allowed Fidel Castro to continue providing ‘free or virtually free’ health care and education. ‘Later on its leaders are to call that socialism. The poor people call it great.’ …

“But if you’re interested in slightly more sophisticated pro-Castro propaganda, the NCC is still providing it. Tons of it… .

“At every point, the NCC’s positions on [Elian Gonzalez] have been indistinguishable from those of the Cuban government, down to its insistence that the boy not be given American citizenship.”

Tucker Carlson, writing on “The National Council of Castro Worshippers,” in the April 17 issue of the Weekly Standard

Psychedelic vanguard

“The nation’s … most notable psychedelic vanguard began to take shape in the upstate New York town of Millbrook. Timothy Leary, a respected academic psychologist … instituted a psilocybin research project. A young professor, Richard Alpert … became interested in the work, as did various other faculty members and students, many of whom became subjects in ongoing experiments in the use of various psychedelics… .

“It’s safe to say that no 1960s commune was handed better real estate on which to carry out its experiment. The estate at Millbrook consisted of several thousand acres … and a grand 64-room mansion that the Hitchcock family hadn’t figured out what to do with… .

“The goings-on at the Hitchcock estate naturally attracted the curiosity of the local community, and before too long agitation to do something about what was presumed to be a cesspool of drugs and vice began to surface… . Then, on the night of April 16, 1966, one G. Gordon Liddy, a Dutchess County prosecutor, kicked in the front door and raided the place… . Liddy neglected to read the accused their rights, and thus the case was thrown out of court, but the heat was on. Liddy’s minions set up roadblocks and thoroughly searched everyone who came to or went from the estate. That pressure, as much as anything led to the dissolution of it all.”

Timothy Miller, from his book, “The ‘60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond”

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