I'm writing to just reintroduce myself to
the recently renewed list.
I'm Michael P. Wright of Norman, Oklahoma.
I was a somewhat prominent member of the
University of Oklahoma campus radical scene
in the late 60s and early 70s.
I was also jailed for four months for "trespass"
at Tinker Air Force Base following an arrest on
May 4, 1972. One of the attorneys representing
the defense was none other than Stephen Jones,
who later gained fame as the defense lawyer for
convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Jones showed himself to be a real rat during the
Tinker trial and appeal proceedings.
In the early 70s I was involved in community
politics, and failed in an attempt to arrange
an electoral victory for a local socialist
organization. The internal conflicts in the
organization which led to that failure might
be interesting for some to explore.
I donated a complete set of newsletters from
this organization -- the Oklahoma Socialist
Movement -- to the OU Libary Western History
Collection. In the last issue, there is an
article by a guy named Alan Atkinson, who
publicly confessed to being a "reforming male
chauvinist" and, in the name of combating
sexism, embraced the notion of universal
I invite list members to read some of my
current online writings, about various
1. Supporting President Mbeki of South
Africa in his decision to listen to the
voices of AIDS dissent:
Guest Editorial, San Francisco Chronicle,
May 24, 2000
Go here: http://www.sfgate.com
Click on ARCHIVES, enter May 24 for FROM
and TO, and then select EDITORIAL from
the "Chron" drop-down box.
2. A critique of "date-rape" feminism as
expressed at the University of
Click on Clarion (Mar/Apr) and then
scroll down to the link above my name.
3. A somewhat unflattering article about
David Boren, former head of the US Senate
Intelligence Committee, and now president
of the University of Oklahoma:
Magnus, January 2000 (San Francisco)
Select PAST ISSUES; then select January
online, page 17.
~~ Michael Wright
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