Marty Jezer

Marty Jezer

Marty Jezer  was a well-known Vermont activist and author. Born Martin Jezer and raised in the Bronx, he earned a history degree from Lafayette College. He was a co-founding member of the Working Group on Electoral Democracy, and co-authored influential model legislation on campaign finance reform that has so far been adopted by Maine and Arizona. He was involved in state and local politics, as a campaign worker for Bernie Sanders, Vermont's Independent Congressional Representative, and as a columnist and Town Representative. Jezer had been an influential figure in progressive politics from the 1960s to the time of his death. He was editor of WIN magazine (Workshop In Nonviolence), from 1962-8, was a writer for Liberation News Service (LNS), and was active in the nuclear freeze movement, and the organic farming movement (he helped found the Natural Organic Farmers' Association). Marty died in 2005.

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Monday, February 21, 2005
Will Bert and Ernie Be Next?
How do you deal with the politics of homophobia? Do you ignore it in the hope that it will go away? Do you stand up to it, thus giving it legitimacy? Or do you treat it with the laughter it really does deserve? "Family values" right-wing pressure groups are currently obsessed with the supposed "...
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Friday, August 27, 2004
Re-Fighting Vietnam
The most contentious issue of the upcoming presidential election so far is history. Whoever expected that we'd be re-fighting thirty and forty year old arguments about the Vietnam War? In a sense, John Kerry brought it on himself. Trying to wrest patriotism from its Republican stranglehold, Kerry...
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Friday, August 13, 2004
Environmental Buck Private
It's not been hot in Vermont this summer. It's been wet, but not hot. According to my utility bill, the average temperature was 66 in July, down three degrees from a year ago. As one who hates the sweat and swelter of summer heat, I can live with that. Nor have the thunderstorms been particularly...
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Friday, August 06, 2004
Capture the Flag
Some of my friends on the left are critical of the recent Democratic National Convention. They say that it was overloaded with patriotic symbolism. There was too much talk about military heroism and not enough political and programmatic substance. Even the Vietnam War was treated as a heroic event...
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Friday, July 23, 2004
Remember Afghanistan?
Afghanistan has not been in the news much in recent months. A good thing for the Bush administration if not for the Afghan people: for the news coming out of Afghanistan has not been good. Afghanistan? That's where Al Qaida, in the years leading up to the terrorist attack of 9/11, were protected...
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Friday, April 09, 2004
Economic Recovery: Losers and Winners
The American economy, indeed capitalism itself, has always gone through boom and bust cycles. Like night dawning into day, cyclical recessions followed by economic recoveries are inevitable, no matter what the policies of the party in power. Where political policy has an impact is on the nature of...
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Friday, March 12, 2004
My Winter
I've been spending this winter much as I spent last: recovering from testicular cancer. Some readers are probably muttering, "thank you for sharing," and are ready to move on. I understand that. My purpose in writing this column is not to talk about my personal woes. But some of you are wondering...
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Friday, January 23, 2004
I Am A Democrat Now
When this presidential campaign started, I thought John Kerry would be a shoe-in. He had everything going for him: a Vietnam combat hero and then an articulate and courageous leader of the anti-war veterans' movement. He had a strong liberal record on the environment, on social issues, on labor. He...
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Friday, December 12, 2003
Hearts and Minds
The Pentagon has embarked on a new policy in Iraq. Taking inspiration and instruction from the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon, the U.S. has started to destroy buildings suspected of being used by Iraqi fighters; arrest family members of suspected Iraqi resistance leaders; and cordon off entire...
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Friday, December 05, 2003
Other People's History
The old political dictum “to the victor belong the spoils,” often applies to history as well as to political patronage. For one of the benefits of being a “victor” is the opportunity to shape the writing of history as an uncritical celebration: my country victorious, right and never wrong. Opposing...
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