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  •  sometimes it takes a flawed person (5+ / 0-)

    To tweak the system in a way that creates change.

    I see him in the same light as I see Code Pink. In some ways, they are self-defeating, because they make people uncomfortable, causing their message to be shut out by their own allies. However, they bring much broader attention (aka: not just their obvious allies) to the cause than it might otherwise get, and lodge that little bit of doubt in people's minds.

    I think people like Charlie help in a backwards way, by making the rest of the activists in the community into the "good cop" in the "good cop/bad cop" scenario.

    Alternatively, you could say he's pushing much harder on the Overton window than the rest, which will at first lead to harder pushback, but will make it easier in the end for others pushing from the same side to shift it.

    You might consider him a classic "anti-hero," in the literary sense, perhaps like Holden Caufield in Catcher in the Rye. Not well-behaved, not even particularly sympathetic, but in the end he sheds light on a loss of innocence.

    You don't need to protect me from someone else's spelling, grammar, extra posts on a topic, or use of quotations.

    by mataliandy on Tue Nov 25, 2008 at 08:29:36 AM PST

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    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)

      Charlie is a flawed human being, perhaps.  Anti-hero might just suit him.

      Charlie and I have been friends for 5 years now.  I rarely see him, but when I do, we connect all over again. He has many, many friends.

      Perhaps his greatest flaw is that he still expects justice in an unjust world.

      Maybe someday his expectations will be met.

      •  If more of us even had half the resolve (2+ / 0-)
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        mataliandy, under the bodhi tree

        Charlie does, we'd be further along!  

        Perhaps his greatest flaw is that he still expects justice in an unjust world.

        Most of us have too much to lose or lack the nerve to persist as he does.

        Yes, I wish he'd get arrested for more noble purposes, but people here need to realize how they're using everything they can to harass him.

    •  He is like a fictional character. (2+ / 0-)
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      mataliandy, seriously70

      And I do like him. Anti-hero is kind of perfect for Charlie. But I think he has serious problems, and when people just support him unquestioningly, they become enablers. I've known Charlie kind of peripherally for a few years now. I've never known him to have a source of income. His teaching gig is several years in the past. I believe he has a drinking problem as well as an anger management problem. In a lot of ways he's his own worst enemy.

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