CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


=

Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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Addresses: david.chirot@gmail.com
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cambodia's Missing Criminals By John Pilger

Cambodia's Missing Criminals

By John Pilger

B-52s dropped more bombs on Cambodia's populated heartland than were dropped on Japan during all of the Second World War: the equivalent of five Hiroshimas.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22057.htm



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Documentary Film--Pilger's Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

John Pilger vividly reveals the brutality and murderous political ambitions of the Pol Pot / Khmer Rouge totalitarian regime which bought genocide and despair to the people of Cambodia while neighboring countries, including Australia, shamefully ignored the immense human suffering and unspeakable crimes that bloodied this once beautiful country.

A Documentary Film By John Pilger

Click to view
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13769.htm



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Israel is a Terrorist State by Definition: Chomsky

Israel is a Terrorist State by Definition: Chomsky

By Christiana Voniati

Is Israel a terrorist state? Well yes according to official definitions.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22067.htm



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BOEK 861--convocatoria mail art fira magica 2009 y Boek Visual




Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 23:03:56 +0100
From: cesar@boek861.com

http://boek861.com
http://boek861.blog.com.es

NUEVA COLABORACION DEL BOEK 861 Y EL BOEK VISUAL
CON LA CONVOCATORIA DE MAIL ART
Y EL SALON DE POESIA VISUAL DE LA FIRA MAGICA DEL 2009



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La temática de este año es JOAN BROSSA, LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS Y DE LOS PUEBLOS
y la forma de participar es totalmente abierta pero con la clara intención de llenar de estandartes el entorno de la Fira
y su castillo.





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En el boek861, ademas de las bases de la convocatoria del 2009,
 podeis ver el cartel-catálogo completo de la convocatoria de mail art
del 2008 en el que se incluyen las imagenes de 70 obras de los participantes



VERLO EN PROYECTOS RECIENTES
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BOEK VISUAL
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Video de la obra fotografica poetica y experimental de Joel Peter Witkin

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Este autor no solo lleva de nuevo la imagen al terreno de la poesía visual
sino que ademas hace una clara inmension en el terreno de lo existencial
y más profundo del ser humano

.

VER EL VIDEO EN
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Fingerpainting on Mars
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Chomsky: Obama OKed Israel's Gaza war

Chomsky: Obama OKed Israel's Gaza war

By Press TV

Renowned US intellectual Noam Chomsky says Barack Obama did not comment on Israel's war on Gaza, as it was part of the "premeditated" plan. We have been informed by an Israeli source that the recent invasion of the Gaza Strip was completely premeditated, Chomsky said in an interview with the French Al-Ahram daily.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22066.htm

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After Fleeing North Korea, an Artist Parodies Its Propaganda -NY Times

The Saturday Profile

After Fleeing North Korea, an Artist Parodies Its Propaganda

Published: February 20, 2009
Choe Sang-Hun/The International Herald Tribune

"I cannot help being political. How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering?"
SUN MU

IN one of Sun Mu's best-known paintings from his "Happy Children" series, uniformed North Korean kindergartners sing like birds huddled together on a clothesline, their beaming faces so alike they could be clones. At the bottom of the posterlike image, a red slogan leaps out against a yellow background: "We are all happy children!"
When Sun Mu, an artist from North Korea who uses a pseudonym for security reasons, first exhibited paintings like this in Seoul two years ago, the police showed up to investigate. They had been tipped off by viewers who, missing the intended irony, were upset by what they took to be Communist propaganda — a possible crime under South Korea's national security laws. After all, rapturously smiling child performers are a familiar feature of North Korean pageants, and the style mimics posters celebrating the North's authoritarian regime.
"I'm not pro-Communist, far from it," said Sun Mu, 36, who fled North Korea in 1998 to escape famine and arrived in the South in 2001. "When people look at my paintings, I hope they can hear the children asking, 'Do you really think we're happy?' "
Sun Mu, who was trained to create posters and murals for the Communist government, is the first defector from the North to have won fame as a painter in the South by applying that same propagandistic style to biting parodies of the North Korean regime.
His renown, however, is shaded by political concerns. In addition to adopting a pseudonym, he refuses to allow his face to be photographed, afraid that the family he left behind might face reprisals for his art. South Korean news outlets often refer to him as the "faceless" or "nameless" artist from North Korea.
His work has not always been well received.
Soon after his arrival in 2001 he enrolled at Hongik University, a leading arts institution in Seoul, where his socialist-realist technique put him at odds with prevailing notions of what constituted art. One of his professors called his political imagery "cheap, fit for old barbershops" — a reference to the cold war years when South Korean barbershops often were decorated with crude propaganda posters with slogans like "Let's exterminate Communists!"
Now, many here say that imagery, with its subverted content, addresses issues central to Korean identity. "His work touches the national trauma of the divided Korea," said Kim Dong-il, a visual arts critic and lecturer at Sogang University in Seoul. "His style is North Korean, but when he brought it to South Korea it became something completely different. The children's smiles in his paintings become too idealized to be real. A smile is not always an expression of happiness, and can even mean the opposite."
Sun Mu's paintings have also depicted his own fearful journey across the river border into China in 1998, and the plight of a shackled North Korean defector who was repatriated to North Korea from the same Laotian prison where he himself was detained before proceeding on to Thailand and eventually to South Korea.
So far, however, his signature work has been the "Happy Children" series, with its relentlessly smiling North Korean youngsters. The smile has been variously interpreted by commentators as grotesque, a joke on the collectivism of North Korea, or a mask to hide the helplessness many North Koreans feel.
SUN MU said he used to wear that smile himself. In North Korea, he and his classmates smilingly sang hymns to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader, and would march out to perform for soldiers and farmers toiling in the fields. "They teach you how to smile that regimented smile — there's a certain way to shape your mouth," he said. "We children thought we were happy. We didn't realize that our smile was fabricated and manufactured."
Later, while serving in the North Korean Army, Sun Mu was assigned to create propaganda paintings. He produced images of North Korean soldiers cutting the throats of American soldiers or crushing Japanese invaders.
"One of the rules was that South Korean puppet soldiers be depicted as small and inconsequential at the corner of the canvas and running away from North Korean soldiers," he said with a chuckle. "We'd finish off our paintings by adding slogans like 'Let's defend our revolutionary leadership with our lives!' "
He was an art student in college when he decided to flee North Korea, during a famine in the late 1990s that is thought to have killed two million people.

SOME of the political satire in his current output is hard to miss. In one painting, a woman raising her middle finger is naked except for the North Korean flag slipping off her body. Nudity is strictly forbidden in the North, denounced as capitalist decadence.
Sun Mu paints something else he could never have dared to depict in the North: portraits of Mr. Kim and his father, North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung. In the North, portraits of the Kims are considered sacred, and only a few artists are authorized to paint them.
In any case, the official portraits would never look like these. In one, Kim Jong-il is dressed not in his trademark Mao-style suit but in a pink Nike sports jacket, red Adidas pants and mismatched running shoes. Mr. Kim is transformed from supreme leader to bourgeois loafer.
Nonetheless, displaying the Kims' images has also proved controversial.
When Sun Mu presented a portrait of Kim Il-sung titled "Sun of Korea" at an international biennale last September in Pusan, the South Korean organizers removed it at the last minute, saying they wanted to avoid potential problems with a "pro-Communist" painting.
At an exhibition in 2007, South Korean viewers objected to a Sun Mu portrait of Kim Jong-il that carried the title "God of Korea." They apparently did not notice that the North Korean flag in the background had been hung upside down.
Sun Mu is undeterred.
"I cannot help being political," he said. "How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering? I would like to believe that art can change the world in whatever little way it can."
>"One of the rules was that South Korean puppet soldiers be depicted as small and inconsequential at the corner of the canvas and running away from North Korean soldiers," he said with a chuckle. "We'd finish off our paintings by adding slogans like 'Let's defend our revolutionary leadership with our He was an art student in college when he decided to flee North Korea, during a famine in the late 1990s that is thought to have killed two million people. SOME of the political satire in his current output is hard to miss. In one painting, a woman raising her middle finger is naked except for the North Korean flag slipping off her body. Nudity is strictly forbidden in the North, denounced as capitalist decadence.
Sun Mu paints something else he could never have dared to depict in the North: portraits of Mr. Kim and his father, North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung. In the North, portraits of the Kims are considered sacred, and only a few artists are authorized to paint them.
In any case, the official portraits would never look like these. In one, Kim Jong-il is dressed not in his trademark Mao-style suit but in a pink Nike sports jacket, red Adidas pants and mismatched running shoes. Mr. Kim is transformed from supreme leader to bourgeois loafer.
Nonetheless, displaying the Kims' images has also proved controversial.
When Sun Mu presented a portrait of Kim Il-sung titled "Sun of Korea" at an international biennale last September in Pusan, the South Korean organizers removed it at the last minute, saying they wanted to avoid potential problems with a "pro-Communist" painting.
At an exhibition in 2007, South Korean viewers objected to a Sun Mu portrait of Kim Jong-il that carried the title "God of Korea." They apparently did not notice that the North Korean flag in the background had been hung upside down.
Sun Mu is undeterred.
"I cannot help being political," he said. "How can I ignore the reality of the North, where my parents are still suffering? I would like to believe that art can change the world in whatever little way it can."

Friday, February 20, 2009

ICH: Change or More of the Samo Samo?--3 articles-

Change? What Change?

Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's:

In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently, Obama nominees endorsed continuing the C.I.A.'s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.
http://tinyurl.com/c9phtg

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Change? What Change?

Obama, not Bush, now seeking delay of Rove deposition:

In a court brief quietly filed Monday, Michael Hertz, Obama's acting assistant attorney general, said it was necessary to delay an effort to force Rove to be deposed in a congressional investigation into the firing of nine US Attorneys and the alleged political prosecution of a former Alabama governor.
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Obama_not_Bush_now_seeking_delay_0217.html

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"Looking Ahead" or Overlooking Crimes Against Humanity?:

"Somewhere in Texas, former President George W. Bush is clearing brush in perfect peace." Former Vice President Dick Cheney is likely out duck hunting in Wyoming, as if he has every right to be walking around free.
http://tinyurl.com/bwkldb



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ICH: Rahm's Rent Is Just The Tip Of The Ethics Iceberg

Rahm's Rent Is Just The Tip Of The Ethics Iceberg

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

NEWS broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) - and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel's previously undislosed ethics problems.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22029.htm



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REDFOSFORO Boletín nº 012 Febrero.09








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>>el sistema virtual de gestión y difusión y difusión de eventos culturales
presenta su nueva web y continúa elaborando un boletín de información
que ahora ofrece un servicio de envíos personalizados
para instituciones,

personas y colectivos relacionados con la creación que deseen dar a conocer

sus trabajos y actividades. 

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Más poesía en Alicante

 

 

 

 

>>continúa en camon el ciclo de spoken word y poesía en directo palabras habladas,

que a lo largo de 2009 nos trae actuaciones de destacados nombres de la música

y la literatura y talleres para aprender las técnicas de esta disciplina que aúna poesía

y escenario.

 

 

actuación de gonzalo escarpa
viernes 20 de febrero de 2009_20:30 h.

camon alicante
avda. ramón y cajal 5

info@tucamon.es

 

 

+ info: http://www.tucamon.es/contenido/ciclo-palabras-habladas-spoken-words-con-gonzalo-escarpa

 

 



 

 

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Presentaciones de la colección La Gavilla Verde

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Las respectivas presentaciones se celebrarán próximamente
[a la venta en librerías de toda España]

 

 

 

      

 

Poemas de amor, de Anne Sexton.
Traducción de Ben Clark.
Linteo, Poesía, 17.
http://www.edicioneslinteo.com/poesia/poemasdeamor_sexton.html

MEMORÍA. Ben Clark.
Huacanamo, Poesía, 2.
http://www.huacanamo.com/portal/index.php/catalogo?page=shop.product_details&category_id=1&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=4

Cabotaje. Ben Clark.
Delirio, Colección Krámpack, 1.
Primera edición, noviembre 2008.
Segunda edición, febrero 2009.
www.delirio.es
info@delirio.es

 

  

 

Mass Miedo. Gonzalo Escarpa.
Arrebato, Madrid, 2009. 
www.arrebatolibros.com


No haber nacido. Gonzalo Escarpa.
Delirio, Colección Krámpack, 2.
Primera edición, noviembre 2008.
Segunda edición, febrero 2009.
www.delirio.es
info@delirio.es

 

 

 



 

 

jueves 19 de febrero de 2009
homenaje a antonio machado

madrid
http://asombra2.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/homenaje-amachado-70-anos/

 

 

 

Peace Action: That's Not Change – It's More of the Same










Dear David,

Yesterday, President Obama announced his decision to send 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, on the grounds that 'the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan demands urgent attention'. Peace Action strongly opposes Obama's recent announcement and urges people to immediately call on Obama to choose diplomacy, not escalation.
 
More troops won't solve our problems in Afghanistan. Click here to tell President Obama and Congress that we need a comprehensive plan for Afghanistan before risking more American and Afghan lives.

We have seen the disastrous consequences of heading into war without a plan in Iraq. We are still mourning American and Iraqi lives lost, and struggling to rehabilitate our economy while spending billions of dollars on war. 
 
Peace Action calls for the 'rapid withdrawal' of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and a new commitment to a negotiated diplomatic solution involving all regional players.
 

The Obama Administration should:

  1.  De-escalate troop levels in Afghanistan and to reject the idea that there is a military solution to the region's problems;
  2. Immediately stop military activities that indiscriminately impact civilians such as air and drone strikes;
  3. Rapidly withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan;
  4. Commit to negotiated diplomatic talks involving all major regional players, including major international peace-keeping bodies;
  5. Address the real needs of Afghans, which include health-care, clean water, education, and security.
Send this important message to our President and Congress.

BACKGROUND
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Al Qaeda has increased its attacks. Last year saw the most civilian deaths in Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded, and a new poll shows that only 18% of Afghans want more U.S. troops. Bombings of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan are angering the populations in both countries and their governments, undermining the U.S.'s ability to create stability. We cannot simply intensify the Bush administration's failed policy. Now is the time for us to press President Obama and Congress to find a better approach to Afghanistan.

General David Patreaus has called Afghanistan the "
graveyard of empires."  An authoritative report released last year demonstrated that military force has historically been unsuccessful in defeating terrorism [1]. Counterinsurgency experts have said that a military strategy would require hundreds of thousands of troops we can't send, and even if we did there would be no guarantee of success.    

We have heard a lot about why we need to shift resources to Afghanistan, but we need to hear a lot more about what kind of resources would be truly effective. There are many other pieces of this puzzle.  Can you help us send this urgent message today?

RESOURCES
Graveyard of Empires:  Military escalation will not bring peace.
Correcting Our Mistakes:
Who, and why, we are fighting in Afghanistan.

Footnote: 1. According to a
RAND Corporation report, since 1968, only seven percent of all terrorist groups that have ended were taken down by military force. In contrast, 40 percent of those groups were defeated through police and intelligence work, and 43 percent gave up terrorism as they were integrated into the political process. The framework of the "Global War on Terror" has set up unrealistic expectations of a military victory against non-state actors, and the apportioning of counterterrorism resources has reflected that flawed approach.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Martin
Executive Director
Peace Action





 

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THE DAY WALL STREET EXPLODED--NY Times Review


Blood on the Street

At the stroke of noon on Sept. 16, 1920, a bomb exploded along Wall Street, killing 38 people and maiming hundreds more. It was the worst terrorist bombing in the United States until the Oklahoma City attack in 1995, the worst in New York until the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Brown Brothers

The aftermath of the bombing on Wall Street on Sept. 16, 1920.

THE DAY WALL STREET EXPLODED

A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror

By Beverly Gage

Illustrated. 400 pp. Oxford University Press. $27.95

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 Kevin Baker Discusses 'The Day Wall Street Exploded' on the Book Review Podcast (mp3)
The bomb was an immeasurably cruel device, most likely dynamite tied to iron sash weights that acted as shrapnel. It blew people apart where they walked out on a cool, late-summer day, tore arms and legs, hands and feet and scalps off living human beings. Others were beheaded or eviscerated, or found themselves suddenly engulfed in flames. Still more injuries were caused by a cascade of broken glass and the terrified stampede that followed.
The bomb's target was presumed to be the House of Morgan, which sat like a blockhouse just across the street from where the explosive had been left in a horse-drawn wagon. The Morgan bank had emerged from World War I as the single most powerful financial institution in the world, and both the firm and its principals had been under increasing attack, rhetorical and otherwise, ever since it had arranged a huge loan a few years before to help the Allies and keep the Great War going. But the only fatality inside the firm was a 24-year-old clerk. Nearly all the bank's employees were back at their desks the next morning, some of them still bandaged and bruised. The explosion merely pocked the firm's impenetrable, marble walls, the marks defiantly left where they can be seen to this day: "the stigmata of capitalism."
As with all terrorist attacks, most of the victims were innocent bystanders, "messengers, stenographers, clerks, salesmen, drivers," men and women for whom "Wall Street was not a grand symbol of American capitalism" but "a place to make a modest living by selling milk, driving a car, typing reports, recording sales." Only seven of the dead were over the age of 40. Five of them were women, four of them teenagers.
Who would do such a thing? A bevy of the nation's most prominent lawmen and private detectives immediately descended on Wall Street, blaming first anarchists, then paid agents from Lenin's new government in Moscow. But years of investigation yielded nothing — no indictments, no trials, no culprits. No one ever came forward to take responsibility for the crime, or to state what it was supposed to accomplish, and before long it had dropped from public view, lost among the sensations of the racing, giddy '20s.
Beverly Gage, a writer and history teacher at Yale, has brought the bombing to life again in her outstanding first book. "The Day Wall Street Exploded" describes in detail both the bombing itself and the hunt for the perpetrators, but Gage also does us the great good service of placing it in the wider history of industrial warfare that once proliferated in America. Like much of American history, these battles have dropped out of mind because no one wanted to look at them too closely. As Gage points out, the right was loath to discuss the decades of brutal labor and political repression that preceded the Wall Street bombing; the left, to admit that extremists really were willing to resort to violence to overthrow the capitalist order.
Between 1881 and 1905 alone, there were more than 37,000 labor strikes in the United States, many of them bloody, bitter struggles. Efforts to unionize were routinely met with clubbings, shootings, jailings, blacklistings and executions, perpetrated not only by well-armed legions of company goons, but also by police officers, deputies, National Guardsmen and even regular soldiers. Dozens of workers were killed in these conflicts — at Ludlow in 1914, in the Homestead and Pullman strikes of the 1890s, at Telluride and Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs.
Some unionists, seeing the state aligned with the employers, struck back with dynamite, invented in 1866 and readily available at American construction sites. In Idaho in 1905, a bomb ripped the legs off Gov. Frank Steunenberg in his own front yard, after he stuck a thousand miners from the Coeur d'Alene strike in makeshift jails for months without trial. Twenty-one men died when labor radicals blew up the rabidly anti-union Los Angeles Times building in 1910. Relatively few workers were involved in such outrages, but millions did turn to the Socialist Party and the far-left Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), organizations that promised to sweep away the entire capitalist system. "Far from being an era of placid reform," Gage writes, "the turn of the century was a moment in which the entire structure of American institutions — from the government to the economy — seemed to be up for grabs, poised to be reshaped by new movements and ideas."
A murky underworld developed, one in which some radicals — particularly the small but implacable cells of anarchists — really did plot assassinations and bombings, while companies tried to frame strikers and their leaders with phony bomb plots and other accusations.
Things came to a head when America entered World War I and the ostensibly progressive Wilson administration put aside the Constitution, jailing thousands of dissidents and suppressing the antiwar Socialists and Wobblies. On June 2, 1919, a new wave of bombs hit in apparent retaliation, including one that wrecked the home of Woodrow Wilson's attorney general, A. Mitchell Palmer, who opportunistically used the incident to start the nation's first "Red scare." It became one of the most shameful campaigns in the country's history, with hundreds deported merely on suspicion of having radical proclivities. In perhaps the worst episode, an anarchist named Andrea Salsedo was found dead in his underwear on the sidewalk of Park Row in New York, below a room where the Bureau of Investigation — predecessor to the F.B.I. — had secretly held him for weeks.
The feds claimed suicide; Salsedo's family and friends saw murder. Four months later came the Wall Street bomb. What few clues there were pointed to Salsedo's comrades, members of a particularly ruthless anarchist group called the Galleanisti, named after their founder, Luigi Galleani. But the Red hunters had done their work too well, having already deported Galleani and many other potential witnesses.
Even though the crime was never solved, it had other repercussions. The bungled investigation and its wholesale violation of people's civil liberties, as Gage shows, led to a major housecleaning at the Bureau — which, paradoxically, enabled the rise of the biggest civil liberties violator in American history, J. Edgar Hoover. And the bombing contributed to an atmos­phere in which two other anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, were convicted of murder in a case that would become the great leftist cause of the decade.
Over time, the bombings petered out, though organized violence in labor and other disputes continued. Even now, as Gage writes, "there remains a tendency to think of violence as an anomaly, something outside the American experience, rather than as one of the many ways that Americans have long carried out their political disputes."
Kevin Baker is the author, most recently, of the novel "Strivers Row."


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