Friday, June 30, 2006

The Nation's Writing Contest


Scott said...

Wonderful writing--insightful.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 6:44:06 PM  
James said...

"Can you blame America's youth movement for not knowing how to begin?"

Yes, I can. The downfall of the activist American left since the end of the Cold War has been too much focus on creativity and emotion and not enough on prioritization and effective approaches to real change. It's nice that the author is so proud of Kathie Lee's tears, but she ignores the only real accomplishment of liberal youth activism in the last decade: throwing the 2000 election to Bush.

Worse yet, the lack of clear activist priorities has led to a crippling intolerance. Every anti-Iraq-war protest I've heard of also explicitly supported pacifism and "social justice." This cuts off two huge potential audiences:

1. Those who are not necessarily against all wars, just this war.

2. Those who do not support some or all of the "social justice" (anti-capitalist/anti-WTO/anti-NAFTA/anti-SOA/anti-Israel/anti-etc.) agenda.

So, in the end, you have activists who feel better about themselves and pictures on TV of some stoner wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt while holding a "Free Mumia" sign. How is that going to stop the war? How is that going to accomplish anything?

Sunday, July 02, 2006 5:41:58 PM  

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