Submitted for your approval — The Aesthetic Dimension: Videos From The Left Side.

NLN’s sister site, Love & Struggle, is a repository of music and art videos. In recent months L&S has produced a series of videos that present some key concepts advanced by the foremost thinkers in the tradition known as psychoanalytic sociology. The “playlist” that houses the videos is called The Aesthetic Dimension. It currently includes the following videos:

  • “Carousel” — A music video based on The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich:

  • “One-Dimensional Man” — an interpretation of Herbert Marcuse’s classic text:

  • “The Politics Of Experience” — a video based on R.D. Laing’s masterwork:

One viewer commented on The Politics Of Experience: “Well that shook me up. Good.”

Future projects include videos based on the works of Stanley Milgram, Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse (Eros and Civilization will be offered as a companion piece to One-Dimensional Man).


A protester’s prayer
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 

NEW YORK — February 4, 2012. Recent comments from the Obama administration about Iran might cause former General and President Dwight Eisenhower to feel uneasy, if he was able to hear them — he is not but 500 protesters apparently did and share Eisenhower’s concern that the “Military Industrial Complex” is about to spark another war.

 


On Saturday 500 antiwar protesters marched from
Duffy Square to the U.S. Mission
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
On Saturday protesters in over 30 states, responding to a call to action from an ad hoc coalition of antiwar groups, took part in a “National Day of Action” to prevent military intervention in Iran. New York City was one of the locations in which protesters took to the streets, demanding not only peace but peacetime jobs.

 


VFP member George McAnanama wants peace –
and reduced military spending
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
On leaving office, former President Dwight Eisenhower warned of a “Military-Industrial Complex” that had assumed ascendency in U.S. economic and political life. Even before Eisenhower — in 1944 — three writers (Ed Sard, Walter Oakes, and T.N. Vance) published an article warning an emerging “Permanent War Economy” in the U.S. The peace movement has embraced these concepts and is attempting, as they did in 2002, to prevent what they see as a profit-driven new military intervention — this time in Iran.

 


WRL member Mike Levinson (black jacket) hoists a
WRL banner asking “How Many?”
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
The Iranian nuclear program is the rationale for what War Resisters League member Ed Hedemann calls “saber-rattling” by the U.S. Hedemann and other WRLers marched in a protest on Saturday, demanding an end to U.S. military interventions. The march began with a rally at Duffy Square — the northern edge of Times Square — at which some organizers spoke and the WRL displayed oversize vertical silkscreened banners which asked, “Why?” and the more ominous, “How Many?”

 
Hedemann told NLN that he was marching because, “The War Resisters League would rather protest conflicts before they become full-blown conflagrations. Considering the recent saber-rattling by the Obama administration and Israel, there is a palpable danger that that conflict will escalate into war.”

 
Although he is concerned, Hedemann does not see a new war as inevitable.

 
“Whether an attack on Iran is imminent is too hard to tell but it probably depends on breath of the international condemnation, whether President Obama feels the need to exercise election year muscle-flexing to prove he’s no pacifist, how Iran reacts, whether some among the international diplomatic community can find creative solutions, etcetera,” Hedemann said.

 

In the meantime, there are things to be done. The system has its weakest point where it shows its most brutal strength: in the escalation of its military potential (which seems to press for periodic actualization with ever shorter interruptions of peace and preparedness).

– Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (1955)

 
Hedemann was not excited about the turnout — about 500 protesters.

“The rally in Times Square and march to the U.N. [ on Saturday ] was spirited but, with just 500 people and in view of what is at stake, it was smaller than it should have been.”

 


Debra Sweet speaking at the protest rally
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
Prior to the march, Debra Sweet, a World Can’t Wait organizer, addressed the crowd in Duffy Square, in the style of an OWS “mic check” — a call and response mechanism designed to make speeches audible without using amplified sound.

 
Standing beneath a model of a predator drone, Sweet spoke about a recent news story coming out of the Afghanistan War.

 
“We feel the pain of the 24 babies that died in Afghanistan — on the front page of the New York Times today — because this country spent how many billions of dollars to kill Afghanis. And those babies froze to death because there was no heat in their refugee camp,” Sweet said.

 
Sweet cited what she sees as U.S. and Israeli hypocrisy — as the holders of 4000 and 150-200 nuclear warheads, respectively — in condemning the Iranian nuclear program, as a possible pretext for military intervention.

 
“Too many of us were standing here in 2002 when the Bush regime came out with the same lies. ‘Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction.’ Within months they began a war that killed a million people, based on lies,” Sweet said.

 


Bill Gilson (l) of Veterans For Peace spoke at the protest
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
Bill Gilson, a member of Veterans For Peace, spoke at the rally, again in mic check style.

 
“I stand here today, in solidarity with all of you present. I have a very simple message. And it is simply one of peace and not war. War is never the answer. It never was and it never will be. Let us not allow our government to wage war in our name,” Gilson said.

 
Also at the protest but with their own message were members of a group called “New York Area Iranian Green Movement Activists.” Group members held signs demanding “Peace, Justice, Democracy for Iran” and “No Sanctions, No War, No Dictatorship in Iran.”

 


Supporters of the NY Area Iranian Green movement
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
The group distributed fliers which read in part, “We, a group of Iranians and non-Iranians in New York City who are pro-democracy in Iran, by our participation in this important Day of Mass Action are voicing our ardent objection to sanctions and rejecting calls for war against Iran. But we maintain that this discourse must also advance the Iranian people’s struggle for democracy.”

 
The statement went on to say that the call to action (for the protest) “Makes no reference to the democratic movement in Iran.”

 
The group said that “The Iranian Green movement, Arab Spring, and Occupy movements have inspired us to seek a world in which we are no longer victims of corruption, war, and exploitation.”

 
A number of hand-written signs were visible in the crowd, some related to the Occupy movement that has inspired activists worldwide. One such placard expressed, in typical Occupy Wall Street style, the view of the protesters: “War is a one percent hustle.”

 


“War is a one percent hustle”
(Photo: Thomas Good / NLN)

 
Following the rally at Duffy Square the 500-strong column made its way to the U.S. mission to the United Nations on 45th Street. After some additional speeches the protesters ended their event outside the Israeli consulate.

 


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