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  •  Marching. (4.00)
    This article really eloquently sums up why "protest marches" are completely irrelevant to everyone. Here's the high point:

    In the conformist atmosphere of the late 50s and early 60s, the individual was a threat. Like communist Russia, the system then was so weak that it was actually threatened by a single person standing up and saying, "This is bullshit!"

    That is not the case anymore. This current American juggernaut is the mightiest empire the world has ever seen, and it is absolutely immune to the individual. Short of violent crime, it has assimilated the individual's every conceivable political action into mainstream commercial activity. It fears only one thing: organization.

    That's why the one thing that would have really shaken Middle America last week wasn't "creativity." It was something else: uniforms. Three hundred thousand people banging bongos and dressed like extras in an Oliver Stone movie scares no one in America. But 300,000 people in slacks and white button-down shirts, marching mute and angry in the direction of Your Town, would have instantly necessitated a new cabinet-level domestic security agency.

    Why? Because 300,000 people who are capable of showing the unity and discipline to dress alike are also capable of doing more than just march.

    Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor -- Peter Tork, "Head"

    by Field Marshall Stack on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 09:01:24 AM PST

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    •  I think that is a great idea... (none)
      and totally worth trying to organize.

      Fight terrorists wherever they be found/Well why you not bombin Tim McVeigh's hometown?? - Michael Franti

      by missreporter on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 12:45:14 PM PST

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      •  Personally (none)
        I think that 300,000 people in uniform marching angrily in the direction of your town -- and all that that represents -- is a force we don't necessarily want to unleash on America unless it's absolutely necessary. It... might be, though. During the primary campaign, when I supported Howard Dean, one of the things I'd say far too often is "We need a new FDR, but the new Truman just might do." Well, now I'm getting the sneaking suspicion that the only way out of this mess will be to find the new Huey Long.

        Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor -- Peter Tork, "Head"

        by Field Marshall Stack on Thu Jan 27, 2005 at 11:26:12 PM PST

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