Towards an Impure Poetry

It is good, at certain hours of the day and night, to look closely at the world of objects at rest. Wheels that have crossed long, dusty distances with their mineral and vegetable burdens, sacks from the coal bins, barrels, and baskets, handles and hafts for the carpenter’s tool chest.

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Revolution Will Continue After We Dump Bush: A Letter from Steve Earle

The most important presidential election of our lifetime was less than seven months away and we desperately wanted to weigh in, both as artists and as citizens of a democracy. By the time some of you hear these songs the election will be over. Then the real struggle begins.

--From the liner notes of Earle's most recent album, Revolution.

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High-Tech Democracy?

Many advocates of information technology claim it brings greater democracy. This optimism is naive if blindly accepted. Information technology must be managed at every step by citizen oversight. The role of new technology will be largely determined by how democratized our institutions are before it is implemented.

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Celebrating Pablo Neruda's Life

PABLO Neruda, poet, political activist and a simple human being was considered a legend in his lifetime and many think that after his death he got resurrected more like a living heroic figure that inspired one and all. García Márquez considers him the greatest poet of the 20th century.

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