[sixties-l] Re: we are part of the problem

Date: Wed Oct 16 2002 - 23:32:36 EDT

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    Yes, a number of persons noted on this list during the last presidential
    election that it might be a moment to vote the lesser evil, and certainly it
    seems so in retrospect--consider that the French avoided LePen with "the
    crook not the fascist" and so are in less of a pickle than either we or the
    Israelis (too many of whom abstained at the time from voting for a corrupt
    etc. and so got Sharon). However, the real culprit seems to have been the
    huge number of persons not voting because they have been brainwashed into a
    sense of helplessness and cynicism over politics, whether through propaganda
    or quite real experience. And the lesson right now seems to be that this same
    sense of pointlessness/futility needs to got through, especially in those in
    their 30s or 40s, who seem the worst in this regard (some of the
    early/mid-twenties kids, maybe fearing the draft, maybe just wanting to live,
    seem to be moving). So, how do we do that? --I know, in my own case, in my
    1957 or 1958, a very few students were forming a College SANE on campus, and
    to my "How can we possibly prevent nuclear war?" one woman said, "But suppose
    in Russia too some students are organizing and we can begin to [dialogue] and
    then the [adults] see it is possible. . ." Just a few lines that happened to
    get through; are there lines we can use now? Also are there lines, questions,
    we can ask the "mass" of people who feel Bush etc. are protecting them, are
    "doing a good job" ["Oh, how?" does not enough work, though you'd think it
    would!]--questions that will make people see the contradictions between their
    beliefs and what they're believing re Bush etc.?

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