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  •  Walmart opens in Fallujah (none)
    I would like to ask you "How many?> not to embarrass you, but to actually show that the movement lacks life on a scale that would warrant attention. I do know many small groups day in and day out protest in the center squares of Main Street USA. But here size matter. Americans are lacking energy because they are anesthesizing themselves while enjoying the comfort of a consumer society. This the great difference between the totalitarain regimes of the past and the "Technological Society" which gives enough to its members so it won't interfer with its purpose and even increase the momentum of the system. Americans are mesmorized by a system which makes certain they become addicted to its products so they will keep on toiling to acquire them. Credit is a slavery of sort to many people. This is why what is so vile in this system, under the veil of abondance, it lets people produce their own chains. And then it will accuse the fallen to be responsible for their own misery. Slavery without Masters to blame. If you point the fingers at them, they will tell you they were helping, you over did it. Your problem mate! Not ours. The horrendous stuff of Fallujah has its inception in the enormous consumption of the USA. In order for the engine to keep running we need the fuel. We must get the fuel at ANY price. This is a question of Life or Death for the system. What is so clever and so devious at the same time is to name the reasons for the quest for fuel: Democracy for everyone.
    •  The movement has always (none)
      lacked a scale that warranted attention, that's one of the things you deal with when you do that kind of work. Doesn't mean you stop doing it.  In fact, those are the times its most important to do it.

      If you are basing arguments and seeking out folks to heap derision on, don't use a lack of support for the peace and justice movement as something new.  The middle class is generally afraid of "movements" in this country anyway, and given that most folks here are middle class, the path of derision and blaming is a pretty unproductive one, it seems to me.  More productive is to ask the question, what is it in middle class American culture that makes "movements" so suspect, so out of the norm, such a creature of strange surprise? Why does the US political culture so orient itself away from the politics of everyday life? To the big picture ongoing politics rather than the seasonal electoral politics?

      But, that's just me.

      In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

      by a gilas girl on Sat Dec 11, 2004 at 12:20:52 PM PST

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    •  Too True (none)
      I hate to state the obvious but many people don't care too much about what is happening because it will never be them.

      I can't imagine the system can carry on exactly as it is for too much longer, people are already becoming more aware of investing in their local communities etc.

      "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie"

      by Little Hamster on Sat Dec 11, 2004 at 02:42:32 PM PST

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