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  •  We Don't Have an Intact Culture to Help Them (none)
    Always in the past there was popular performance, art, comedy, drama and education backing up the political activists.

    We don't have that today. The effective public square is entirely private property, almost purely owned by the corporatists, mostly non-competitive and mostly closed to anti-corporatist material in all forms.

    Marchers Saturday were reported singing "Give Peace a Chance." Why a 30 year old song? The music market is now entirely nondemocratic and it's isolationist. There can't be new popular music that's knowable by an entire nation the way "Turn, Turn, Turn" reached the nation 40 years ago, a decade before the final Vietnam pullout.

    The only way to reach the people is through political messaging, which we can't deliver in any depth through the mass media, and this keeps the average citizen uninformed and unable to be involved.

    Our historic hearts and ears and eyes are cut off from us. This is a very difficult position to be in.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 06:14:14 PM PDT

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