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  •  Bindle (0+ / 0-)

    It is not crazy, just not relevant to the Iraq war.  If a demo is organized to protest Iraq, the "free Mumia" crowd should not use it for their agenda -- that is all.

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    John

    •  I agree that there's a tremendous problem (0+ / 0-)

      with message discipline at protests.  Also terrible, off-putting tactics that range from the juvenile to the played out. And I agree that there are a lot of lunatics that show up as well, hawking their conspiracy theories or waving their signs that are pretty much designed to enrage Main St. USA.  There's no question that all of these factors hurt the efficacy of street protests.

      All I'm saying is that the street protest, as a form with it's roots in carnival, isn't going to be reigned in.  It is what it is -- a big sloppy mess where nuclear families in cable-knit sweaters go shoulder to shoulder with hemp activists and cranky old guys with animal vivisection posters.

      There's something to it all.  It just doesn't do the heavy lifting of stopping wars.

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