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October 22, 2004 | Issue 517

FRONT AND BACK PAGES

One in four families struggles to get by...
Left behind by Bush and Kerry
On the questions that millions of working people face every day, neither party has anything to offer.

Platoon detained for defying orders
Soldiers refuse to be cannon fodder
Headlines across the U.S. told the remarkable story of 18 U.S. reservists in Iraq who unanimously decided to face disciplinary measures rather than carry out their orders.

ELECTION 2004: WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Two pampered children of wealth
Skull vs. Bones
CounterPunch coeditor Jeffrey St. Clair looks at the sordid history of the two presidential candidates of the major parties.

Taking a stand against ABB slanders
A vote for Nader is a vote for Nader
"A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush!" Variations on this false mantra are painfully familiar to anyone who supports Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo's presidential campaign.

Falling in line behind Kerry
What happened to the antiwar movement?
It is striking that as the crisis in Iraq intensifies to its highest pitch since "Mission Accomplished"--and the candidates are forced to discuss the issue--the antiwar movement is quiet.

Neither party has a solution to a...
Health care system in crisis
Dr. David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program explains what's driving the crisis in U.S. health care.

SW SPECIAL FEATURES

Mike Davis on the looming threat of a deadly flu pandemic
"This is a time bomb"
The possible emergence of a deadly new strain of influenza is a public health catastrophe waiting to happen, but the world's most powerful governments are doing nothing.

WHAT WE THINK

Surrender of the ABB left
The "Anybody But Bush" argument is presented as common sense by many well-known progressives. Yet it has led to the systematic demobilization and disorganization of the left.

A wrong turn in Nader's campaign
Socialist Worker believes that Ralph Nader deserves the vote of anyone who wants to take a stand against the two-party system. But Nader has made several wrong turns in his campaign.

NATIONAL NEWS

Washington's new handout has Corporate America...
Laughing all the way to the bank
Just one week after George W. Bush signed another round of supposed "middle class" tax cuts into law, Congress was at it again.

Executing juvenile offenders
Sick face of the death machine
Only a handful of rogue nations have executed juvenile offenders since 2000. Iran, Pakistan, the Congo...and the United States.

White House book banner
Lynne Cheney is apparently behind the Education Department destroying more than 300,000 copies of a parent's guide called "Helping Your Child Learn History."

COLUMNS

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Guilt trippers for Kerry
Those on the U.S. left who refuse to support John Kerry do so because we understand that both the Democratic and Republican Parties share a common goal in promoting the interests of American "empire."

THE MEANING OF MARXISM
A chance to take a "crucial first step"
The most important thing isn't finding a perfect candidate in the presidential election, but that we take the opportunity to promote a political break with the Democratic Party.

Inside the system
Bugging the French; The not-so-friendly skies; Heard it through the grapevine

ON THE PICKET LINE

High stakes in faculty strike at Chicago City Colleges
"Everyone supports us"
The faculty union at community colleges in Chicago went on strike October 19 in a fight for its survival as a viable union.

Million Worker March draws union members and allies
Organizing for labor rights and social justice
About 5,000 people rallied at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., October 17 in an effort to put forward trade-union, working-class and antiwar issues shortly before Election Day.

Labor in brief
San Francisco hotels; University of California-Berkeley; Group Health

NEWS OF OUR STRUGGLE

News and reports
Fight for immigrant rights; News from the Nader campaign; Stop the war

OUR READERS SPEAK OUT

Schwarzenegger vetos immigrant drivers' licenses
Governor Scapegoater
Arnold Schwarzenegger showed his true anti-immigrant position when he vetoed legislation that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Other letters
D.C. tries to gut collective bargaining rights; Political invasion of a swing state; The illegal assault on Falluja; Proud of the work that SW is doing

REVIEWS

What is the matter with Kansas?
The deranged state of U.S. politics
Why are people who vote for right-wing policies--workers, farmers and the declining middle class--left poorer and angrier than ever before, but still voting Republican?

The Clash's London Calling 25 years on
The British band The Clash helped pioneer the punk sound and delivered a wake-up call to the sterile stadium rock of the 1970s. After 25 years, they sound as fresh as ever.

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