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enclosed is for: one-year subscription @ $8 per year. “Our Promised Land” @ $3.50 mail to P.O. Box 230, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514 name address city/state zip Southern Exposure. “Our Promised Land”: a special 225-page issue on the foundation of southern culturethe land, how it is used and who owns it. A variety of articles and research reports make this volume must reading for anyone concerned with the possibilities and problems of land and land-based resources. Feature articles include: Subdividing Appalachia The Oil-Soybean Conspiracy Black Land Loss Experiments in Agriculture Indian Lands Urban Alternatives Planning the Next South Sharecroppers and Tenants Speak National Forest Service “The single most important periodical that examines the regional and national realities behind southern people and southern power.” Julian Bond Southern Exposure is a quarterly journal of political and cultural affairs pUblished by the Institute of Southern Studies. Indispensable for activists, scholars, and informed readers everywhere, it combines the best of investigative journalism, historical essays, and reviews. Future issues range from southern women to religion, black politics to corporate power. OFFICE SUPPLIES OFFICE FURNITURE RUBBER STAMPS PRINTING Austin G & L Stationery Co. FOR FAST FREE DELIVERY CALL 478-4601 510 Brazos Austin, Texas 78701 merlleer FROM THE LITTLE BREWERY SPOETZL BREWERYSHINER, TEXAS Shiner Beer Distributing Co. 472-1117 Open Saturdays for party kegs violations of sex laws that are morally primitive and unjust. I believe both the federal and state governments should use the great public credit to provide money to homes at 3 or 4 percent interest, perhaps value. To cope, at the government level, with the major oil multinationals, the state should form an entity to produce and market our own oil and gas from our own state and university lands. The federal correlative is the pending bill to create a federal oil and gas corporation for the analogous purpose. The structural import of such ideas is the use of the government as a competitor against the oligopolies and monopolies that have swollen themselves far beyond either competition or anti-trust control. And why not have a law like Sweden’s, requiring at least two voting worker-members on corporate boards of directors! The local purpose joins issue with the national and the international goliaths. The state can be used on the side of the personal. In Mountain View, Ark., there is a state-maintained, non-commercial craft center. Artisans rent work-spaces there, and there they freely sell their products quilts, apple dolls, corn-husk dolls, hominy, apple butter, lye soap, violins, whiskbrooms. There are weavers there and blacksmiths. The local ways and works of the people find their efflorescence watered by the partisanship of the people acting through politics. Lo, there is no shortage of good laws we can think up. Going local, building a new basis for economic life in the cooperating efforts of the people themselves in small farms, small businesses, consumer co-ops, worker-owned or worker-run enterprises we are building a new order, on our own. We are abandoning by what we do the illusion that politics is only politicians. We are saying we are politicians, we produce, we consume, we speak, we vote, we are politicians, citizens are politicians, you whom we elect only represent us, do not tell us what to do we will tell you. We are taking power by creating our own power. We are learning in the ordinary work of our lives the meaning of corporate and bureaucratic bullying, and we are simultaneously creating a new democratic environment in which we can hope to coalesce our rights and our learning into a truly new politics. Work, a lot of work. But also a lot of pleasure, a lot of new friends and lovers, a lot of new excitement and there is where the Observer comes in, the excitement, the reporting what the others cannot see as important, the exploring, the proposing, the criticizing, the celebrating! Come elections, sure, gear up, carry on, do the best we can but here, the radicals are right, we should join them: Let us join our hope and our love and build a new society. 70 The Texas Observer