Tuesday, August 31, 2004


He would almost certainly still be alive today if DDT were still in use -- as would the millions who have died of malaria in the third world

Many are remembering Walt Contreras Sheasby, the Southern California socialist organizer, Green Party member and advocate for the underdog, for his scholarship and his dogged devotion to the cause of human rights. The 62-year-old Sheasby, a former resident of Sierra Madre, died Aug. 19, spending mearly 10 days in Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana after first suffering from the effects of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus, according to Robert Shaw, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office....

Sheasby and Kovel, the author of numerous books on nature and capitalism who ran for president from the Green Party's left against Ralph Nader in 2000, both considered themselves "Red/ Greens" for their work with that party and their political leanings toward socialism.....

Others, like readers of this paper, may remember when a clearly agitated Sheasby, a four-time Green Party candidate for public office since 1992, responded impatiently to a story written about him by former Weekly reporter Erica Zeitlin. Sheasby, it seemed, became irritated the more Zeitlin pressed for details on a Marxist study group that Sheasby was heading up in the Pasadena area. But finally, he lost his cool and lit into Zeitlin, who ultimately left the Weekly about a year later to work for an anti-sweat shop campaign spearheaded by former state Sen. Tom Hayden. "If you're asking these questions because you're interested in writing a titillating article that panders to anti-Marxist sentiments, then you can just write some other article," Sheasby snapped.

To all of this, Zeitlin and co-writer Jaymee R. Cuti wrote back via email advising Sheasby to "chill out, comrade," a recommendation that apparently didn't go over very well. Two weeks later Sheasby wrote back, quoting Marx directly on the role of journalists....

More here.


Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

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