Re: [sixties-l] Bedtime for Democracy

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: 12/21/00

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    Hey, Stew! You sure ain't no Yippie any more. Well, I ain't no Commie, so we're
    in step.
                                                        Bill Mandel wrote:
    > Bill is right. His seeing that disillusionment with the American system could
    > push some in the direction of fascism is a signifiicant insight. The
    > worldwide defeat of socialism has diminished the capacity of the left to
    > provide alternatives. The right is very anxious to step in and is doing just
    > that in the US, Canada and Europe.
    >       He is also right about the electoral college being  part of our
    > incomplete democratic revolution and it must go. The fact that Hillary
    > Clinton agrees should not put us off. We should also support campaign finance
    > reform. Paula raised the question of demonstrations - many were organized
    > through the Internet - they were independent spirited affairs (including here
    > in Portland) and they went on all over the country. (God I wish we had the
    > Internet back in the '60's.) We must make maximum use of this new tecnology.
    > Also I can't help but wonder why a progressive alliance, of labor, Blacks and
    > women can't gain as much power in the Democratic Party as those right - wing
    > Christians have in the Republican. Maybe there is a reason - but it alludes
    > me. Let's work together ina pro-democracy movement.
    > Stew

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