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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Monday, October 27, 2003

Raising hell with Molly Ivins.

Magpie can never get enough of our favorite columnist from the Lone Star State. Anyone who's known Dubya since high school has to have some perspective on the current nastiness running rampant in the U.S. government.

An interview Ivins did with Aria Seligmann of the Eugene [OR] Weekly has been popping up all over the Web in the last few days. For good reason, we think.

Do you think getting online and sending mass e-mails is enough? Has the Internet diluted people's passion for direct action? The armchair activist can send one e-mail and think, 'I participated in democracy.' And that's that. No protest in the streets.

MI: I'm a great believer in raising hell. Anyway, the oldest piece of advice is: Write your elected representatives. It works. Everybody always thinks, 'What can I do? Well, I sent an e-mail.' It's a beginning.

What's your biggest glimmer of hope for the future of our country?

MI: I'm always optimistic. I think it can all be fixed. I know we tend to get sold on simple solutions. We think term limits will fix everything. What really needs to be fixed is money. Campaign finance. When people get elected that way they got no one to dance with but the people. People can't afford to ignore what's being done to our country. There's no way to have a life in this nation and not be involved with what's going on.

What's the one message you'd like to leave people with?

MI: Raise hell. It's fun and it should be fun. I try to convince people you can actually have a whale of a good time trying to make the world a better place.


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