Monday, April 27, 2009

World War 4 Report: interesting in its own right, also interesting personally because of Bill Weinberg

The site is at http://ww4report.com/ and its byline is "Defending the Fourth World, Deconstructing Overseas Contingency Operations". The Fourth World is the indigenous world, which in practice bleeds over into the Third World somewhat (including in coverage here), and the Deconstructing part is explained by the site as being the Obama administration's new term for the former Global War on Terror. Very interesting.

The personal part has to do with the likelihood that if Bill Weinberg is who I think he is he played an indirect role in getting me onto the Left many years ago. Back in '93 and '94 I was a regular High Times reader and a regular imbiber of the substance they focus on. I found, through my naive glorifying everything that was '60s way, something in High Times that I hadn't expected: politics. First, there were articles about the potential of hemp and hemp suppression, then articles on the unjustness of forfeiture laws and carrier weight laws, but in early '94 there was something else as well: first hand coverage of the Zapatista rebellion by a person who was down there on a story and got caught up with it. For several months, maybe three?, High Times ran in depth stories about the Zapatistas and their struggle, why they were doing what they were doing, etc... I highly suspect that it was Bill Weinberg who was down there reporting, and that it wasn't just a coincidence he was there; instead, it turns out that he's a long time reporter on indigenous issues, hence the World War 4 Report, and was possibly well equipped to cover what was happening.

That's my story. World War 4 Report's "Our Mission" page talks about them being on the side of autonomous communities who either don't fit into or who question the framework of the nation-state.

2 comments:

Robert said...

fellow ex-High Times reader and old ex-on air engineer for bill's radio show The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade.

High Times ran a goodly amount of excellent articles during the time i read it. Sad to see it frittered away.

Also had damn fine cartoons.

John Madziarczyk said...

I agree.

Aren't you guys associated with Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey?