Green Iran–Long May It Wave
Robert Dreyfuss’s “Iran’s Green Wave” [July 20/27] is excellent and gives us the mindset of the various groups in Iran. It provides the kind of information leaders need before entering into negotiations or making policy decisions. I share Dreyfuss’s belief that the colored revolutions in the Russian sphere of influence and Lebanon had foreign influences, but I have no suspicions that the opposition candidates in this election had connections with foreigners.
PERVIS JAMES CASEY
Men on Adultery
Thank you, thank you, JoAnn Wypijewski. You made me see my tittering over the Sanford affair as misanthropic sneering–not that I regret it in light of the fact that Sanford is a Republican [“Carnal Knowledge,” July 20/27]. What a shame it would have been if The Nation ran the usual mainstream feminist demand for compulsory monogamy. You made the magazine a place where radicals can take liberals head-on.
It is sickening to watch even liberal journalists inveigh against the adultery of men like Governor Mark Sanford. Their tone of moral condemnation comes so easily because condemnation of marital infidelity is, along with blind patriotism in wartime, among the most stubborn of our orthodoxies. Liberals and progressives needn’t talk of the “sin” of adultery; they point to the deception, the breaking of the marital vow to love and honor until death. Rather than promising to love each other forever, couples should swear that they feel today that they will. That’s all people can honestly do. Then marriage is on solid, rational footing–a project to be worked at by imperfect, changing people who love each other.
Tributes to Michael Jackson are important, but so is a frank look at the tragic and troubling aspects of who he was and what he did. As she does so often, Patricia Williams has zeroed in on something key in “Mirror Man” [“Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” July 20/27]. Her insights about the lengths to which Jackson went to produce light-skinned children tell us a great deal about the man and his life. They are also important pointers to prejudices that we need to leave behind us, and to the future of high-tech reproduction, which we need to approach with a great deal of caution. For a related comment about Jackson and reproductive technologies, see biopoliticaltimes.org/article.php?id=4763.