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    chesapeake

    The era of the street protest is never over.

    The reason there was so much of it during Vietnam is because there was a draft that had a palpable effect on a huge percentage of the population. If the draft didn't exist during Vietnam the situation with regard to activism would be very similar (minus the Internet) to what it is now.

    Bush is a moron but he has a reptilian understanding of the fact that people who are not asked to sacrifice or suffer are much easier to deal with than those who are. That's why he will never institue the draft, never. If something happens where the majority of Americans begin suffering due to the war, protesters will be everywhere. Until that time, there is no point complaining about the lack of activism.

    The greatest threat to personal freedom comes from ones own government.

    by Mark701 on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 11:16:41 AM PDT

    •  Street protests in the 1960s and 1970s... (1+ / 0-)
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      chesapeake

      ....also had a very long-lasting effect. It was 30 years after the end of the Vietnam War before the US government dared to make a war of similar magnitude. And arguably, Bush only got away with the War in Iraq because we were all still shellshocked by 9/11. Also, the street protests of the Vietnam Era (along with the civil rights movement) helped spawn a number of major movements, particularly the women's rights movement and the gay rights movement. Nowadays, there are many laws protecting gender equality and gay rights have moved from a crazy fringe issue to the mainstream.

      •  We're still feeling the effects (3+ / 0-)
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        shpilk, metal prophet, blueness

        Why don't we have a draft yet?

        Is it because Bush & Co have a principled stance against forced military service?

        Okay, you can stop laughing now.

        No -- it's because the draft is pretty much the only thing Institutional DC thinks could possibly set off enough people to really cause trouble.

        They've concluded that a draft could kill the goose that's been laying golden eggs for them for decades.

        "Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!" -- Situationist graffito, 1968

        by Pesto on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 04:47:10 PM PDT

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    •  You may have missed this part of my diary (0+ / 0-)

      "Perhaps it's chaining ourselves en masse to the banks, the brokerages, the things that make this country go. Overwhelm the forces of this evil thing that has gripped our nation, and the future of the planet, at it's piehole. Put a stop to the damn machine. It may be the only way we have left now."

      Street protest as we have known it is ineffectual. It need not be violent, but it needs to change, somehow into something that has an impact.

      I'd say shutting Wall Street would have an impact.

      socialist democratic progressive pragmatic idealist with a small d.

      by shpilk on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 04:09:08 PM PDT

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