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  •  No, it's not. It's people's expectation regarding (2+ / 0-)
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    the potential consequences of practicing civil disobedience that are changing. In the 1960's, you would expect to be set upon by dogs, sprayed with a fire hose and beaten with truncheons - or even shot.  

    Today it's "Oooh, they're pulling my hair" or "Ouch, tear gas!".

    Give me a break.   I am 54 years old.   I remember the "good old days".   They weren't so good.  

    What was good then was the will of the people.  It was much stronger then, and people were willing to face the consequences of taking a stand, unlike today.  

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    by SpamNunn on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 10:45:51 AM PST

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    •  You make it sound like it's okay (3+ / 0-)
      In the 1960's, you would expect to be set upon by dogs, sprayed with a fire hose and beaten with truncheons - or even shot.  
      People knew that they would face that abuse, but that doesn't make the abuse right.

      I really don't understand where you're coming from here. You're suggesting that it is okay for non-violent protestors to be met with violence. I don't get it. Just because that is what often happens does not make it right.

      Sometimes the police have to take a deep breath and use patience as a tactic. The fact is, nothing was on fire at UC Berkeley. They could have kept their cool.

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      by Lost Left Coaster on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 03:14:53 PM PST

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