Monthly Archives: November 2004

Zine Reviews: “Footloose” and “go by bicycle”

Two zines recently made their way to the IMC that I thought would be perfect to review together, because both take different approaches to the subject of travel. “Footloose,” a locally-produced zine by Sarah Lazare, is a travel journal that … Continue reading

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Indymedia Siezure Search

On October 4, 2004, Rackspace, a web-hosting provider based in San Antonio, was issued a secret court order, apparently in accordance with the International Mutual Legal Assistance Tr e a t y, that required them to surrender two servers. The … Continue reading

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What is Anarcho-Syndicalism?

Anarcho-syndicalism combines movement for political liberty with the movement for economic liberty. Anarcho-syndicalists believe that formal democracy is not enough. Citizenship rights do not mean much when elections can be bought by wealthy campaign contributors and the media is controlled … Continue reading

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The 2004 Election Legal Challenges: We All Lose, Not Because He Won

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly … Continue reading

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Anaphora

Senator Kerry used anaphora, a rhetorical strategy in which the same word or phrase is repeated at the beginning of a phrase, clause, or sentence, throughout the debate to emphasize his points about the failures of the Bush presidency. One … Continue reading

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Distinct Rhetorical Styles

In regurgitated statements against Kerry, Republicans often included zingers like “flip-flop.” Democrats often referenced the line “consistency when wrong is no virtue.” Although it would be easy to dismiss these words as political posturing by biased individuals, a more interesting … Continue reading

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Identification

Much emphasis has been placed on Kerry’s military service record. The ubiquitous and sometimes satirized recount of his three Purple Hearts may come to mind. Kerry is using this strategy as a form of rhetorical identification. That is, in order … Continue reading

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Anesis

Although the President cultivates the image of a plainspoken Texan, and despite his oft-criticized ineloquence, Bush frequently has a sense of what is appropriate to say in a given situation; however, his actual execution may veer slightly—sometimes grossly—off track. Rhetorical … Continue reading

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Cliches

Clichés are generally thought of as overused or trite expressions, like “every cloud has a silver lining” or “nobody is perfect,” and hence given scant attention. Yet many clichés are what Richard Rorty calls “dead metaphors,” once new and provocative … Continue reading

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Escalation

Escalation is a trope that attempts to create a sense of crisis by predicting future calamity. We’ve seen this trope repeatedly during the Presidential Debates; the most glaring example was Vice-President Cheney’s claim that if Senator Kerry were elected, the … Continue reading

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