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  •  They use it... (4.00)
    ...but only we can enable it.  We grossly outnumber them.  Nothing is to stop us from turning that tide.  Only through our inaction is the destruction able to persist.
    •  So what do we do? (4.00)
      Personally, I dont have a lot of faith that working within the system is going to change anything at all.  As Howard Zinn says (and this is a major paraphrase), elections and the political process in general have always had the effect of draining true revolutionary movements of energy.  In other words, the system eats them up.  

      Do we take up arms?  Do we pull an Atlas Shrugged in reverse and gather all of the liberal or otherwise free-thinking folks and start a new society somewhere else, awaiting the inevitable collapse of American theocratic fasicsm?  Neither of those sound very good to me.  

      I weep for the future.  

      "Whensoever the general Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force."
      - Thomas Jefferson

      by Billy Shears on Sun Jul 17, 2005 at 10:33:03 AM PDT

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      •  No, we seek in all our actions (4.00)
        to educate and involve those around us in the process.  The revolution isn't a physical struggle, it is a mental one.  It will only be won by encouraging people to think for themselves and making them believe in their own power to affect positive change.  Seek out others who realize this and encourage them to seek out others as well.  That's precisely what Den's movement did and is still doing.  That what these blogs are doing.  We must work our asses off to do it both online and off, but I do not see it as an imposible struggle.  They say information wants to be free.  So do people, I believe, and when they realize they have that power, they will be.  It is our job to fight for that.
      •  Sometimes, Zinn is full of it ... (none)
        It is a good thing IMO when "true revolutionary movements" are drained of energy.  That means that the energy has been absorbed by the larger society. It takes a lot of energy to turn a society--worse than battleships--and if the passions of the revolution don't become part of the fabric of society, you get delightful little episodes such as the Terror.

        "Help us to save free conscience from the paw -- Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw." --John Milton

        by ohiolibrarian on Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 03:28:05 AM PDT

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