"Sinclair Lewis' darkly humorous tale of a fascist takeover in the US."

“It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis

Reviewer: Charles Häberl (Cambridge, MA United States)
Sinclair Lewis’ darkly humorous tale of a fascist takeover in the US.

… As dated as it is (1935), its themes will be quite familiar to Americans today. It starts with the highly contested election of an oafish yet strangely charismatic president, who talks like a “reformer” but is really in the pocket of big business, who claims to be a home-spun “humanist,” while appealing to religious extremists, and who speaks of “liberating” women and minorities, as he gradually strips them of all their rights. One character, when describing him, says, “I can’t tell if he’s a crook or a religious fanatic.”

After he becomes elected, he puts the media – at that time, radio and newspapers – under the supervision of the military and slowly begins buying up or closing down media outlets. William Randolph Hearst, the Rupert Murdoch of his times, directs his newspapers to heap unqualified praise upon the president and his policies, and gradually comes to develop a special relationship with the government. The president, taking advantage of an economic crisis, strong-arms Congress into signing blank checks over to the military and passing stringent and possibly unconstitutional laws, e.g. punishing universities when they don’t permit military recruiting or are not vociferous enough in their approval of his policies. Eventually, he takes advantage of the crisis to convene military tribunals for civilians, and denounce all of his detractors as unpatriotic and possibly treasonous.

I’ll stop here, as I don’t want to ruin the story — I can imagine that you can see where all this is going.

~Poets can change the world~

Shivastan Publishing presents
The Woodstock Mountain Poetry Revolution!
~Poets can change the world~

Sept.30 & Oct.1 at the Colony Café
22 Rock City Rd. Woodstock NY 845 679 5342

Saturday September 30th
6 to 9 pm: Poet’s Benefit for “Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting”
Jeff Cohen (co-founder of F.A.I.R.) ~author of “Cable News Confidential”
Ed Sanders ~author of “America: a History in Verse”
Eliot Katz ~author of “Unlocking the Exits”
Vivian Demuth ~author of “Breathing Nose Mountain”
Janine Pommy Vega ~author of “The Green Piano”
Hosted by Andy Clausen ~author of “40th Century Man”
+ Music by Tom Pacheco!
Admission $10
{warning: this event may be extremely political}

9pm to midnite: Open Mic Poetry Orgy!
celebrating the new issue of
“wildflowers ~a Woodstock mountain poetry anthology”
Woodstock’s only poetry magazine ~13 great poets~ vol. 7
Printed in Kathmandu, Nepal on Handmade Paper by Shivastan
Hosted by publisher Shiv Mirabito ~author of “Transcendental Tyger”
Free admission!
{this event will highlight this very unusual local publishing company}

Sunday October 1
7 to 9 pm: Moorish Orthodox Revival & Poetry Reading
Robert Kelly ~author of new Shivastan chapbook “Sainte Terre”
{of Bard College}
Peter Lamborn Wilson ~author of “Atlantis Manifesto”
Carey Harrison ~author of “Richard’s Feet”
Hosted by Shiv Mirabito
Admission $10

Associated Press Podcast report on military recruiting and Arthur's SO MUCH FIRE TO ROAST HUMAN FLESH album.

Debate: Recruiting soldiers in schools
Preying on young people, or offering them an opportunity?

With the debate over military recruitment heating up, JAIME HOLGUIN looks at both sides.

Friday, 22 September, 2006, 22:54 EDT, US

It’s a contentious question: How much access should military recruiters have to students and their information?

The debate is not a new one, but its importance seems particularly acute today, with the unpopularity of the Iraq war — along with its death toll — continuing to grow.

Persuading young people to join the military, particularly the Army, has become a hard sell. To compensate, the Army — which is bearing the brunt of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — increased its corps of recruiters, took to the Internet to attract potential recruits and revamped its benefits package.

The strategy seems to have worked. On Friday, the Army enlisted its 80,000th soldier, reaching its recruiting goal for the year, which ends Sept. 30.

While military officials marked the occasion with a celebratory enlistment of that 80,000th soldier in New York’s Times Square, groups that accuse the military of “manipulative recruiting tactics” continued efforts around the country to keep those numbers down.

Each of these groups is doing what it can to reach young people before the military does — especially in the nation’s schools. They range from a Los Angeles educator’s coalition that distributes anti-recruitment literature at schools, to the editor of counterculture underground magazine “Arthur,” who put out a new compilation record — “So Much Fire To Roast Human Flesh” — that benefits anti-war groups.

In this podcast, asap talks to people on both sides of the fiery debate to find out where it stands today.