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  •  Well, the problem is (none)
    As I just posted a few minutes ago, that it's harder to rise up against a nebulous foe like corporate economic fascism, as opposed to the racism practiced all over the South during Jim Crow.

    It's especially harder when the government, in this case BushCo, has many additional tools to use to oppress those who would oppose it.

    Can you say Patriot Act, anyone?  Also, I do think there would have been more major acts of opposition were people not sheepishly going along with BushCo's allegations that there are terrorists on every street corner.

    The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Eleanor A on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 07:45:07 AM PDT

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      Jim Crow laws, in post-World War II America, did indeed prove to be a big target, whose evil could be easily sold to an important constituency not directly affected by them, i.e. white, Northern liberals.  

      But racism is just as nebulous as corporate fascism (I'm not sure I'm 100% comfortable with the "fascism" part of this, but I'll use it for the sake of argument). And, like corporate fascism, there are many people in our society who directly benefit from it without entirely realizing it.

      The Black freedom struggle ran into real political difficulties precisely when it tried to move beyond the issue of Jim Crow. When Martin Luther King marched into Chicago and raised the issue of residential segregation, resistance proved all too effective. And we still haven't solved the problems addressed by the Poor People's March that King was involved in organizing at the end of his career.

      Finally, since the anti-political Parks mythos has grown up around the soft underbelly that was Jim Crow laws, I'm not sure your valid distinction between the tangible target (Jim Crow and, I think, Iraq) and the nebulous structural force (racism, imperialism, corporate fascism) is wholly determinative.

      GreenSooner is the Rufus T. Firefly Chair in Freedonian Studies at the Poorman Institute for Freedom and Democracy and a Pony

      by GreenSooner on Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 07:57:16 AM PDT

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