February 26, 2004 13:16 | Culture / Political

Absurdity and that "F" word i keep using...

From the Interesting People mailing list:

Recent comments about how we live in dangerous and
chilling times (after 9/11) should be seen in perspective
to 1968, when:

- 25000 American soldiers had been killed in 3 years of the
Vietnam War.

- The leading proponents for change (Martin Luther
King and Robert F. Kennedy) were assassinated.

- The Soviet Union was considered a nuclear threat
that could wipe out the United States in a day.

- Protesters against the war in Chicago during the
Democratic National Convention were stopped with
police-state tactics.

I have posted rare video tape footage of CBS News
on April 4, the day Martin Luther King was assassinated,
and ABC News coverage of the Democratic National
Convention from Aug 28, 1968, the night of the largest
riots, the fight over the Vietnam War plank (whether to
change Democratic party plank to allow Vietnam the
right to determine its own government and stop bombing
the north) and Vice Presidents Humphrey's nomination.


I like especially the sequence of five videos covering a "debate" between the intellectual heavy weights of the left and the right of the time, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. It only goes to prove how the right is of animalistic tendency, even in it's higher brain functions.


Great Post!

we had a discussion a some point about where the politics of the US stand right now. And while i think the direction of the US now is leading in a dangerous direction, we are not yet at "this place". Can it happen? Yes. Are we there yet? No.

So why are we reacting so strongly to the US world around us now? Because we can see this possible direction AND as, what i would call, the luckiest generation (in opposition to the luckiest generation) we haven't yet dealt with real fear to our lives.

It's important to always ask our older generation these questions...

"what was it like to watch WWII (if you were in North America)?"

"what did the Holocaust mean to you?"

"what was the Cuban Missle Crisis Like?"

"what did you feel about the civil rights crisis of the 60's?"

"what did the Nuclear War scare feel like?"

some big questions...but ones that will help shape our point of view of the world we live in...

I always stick to one sentence that makes me the pacivist that i am..."never again"...

"Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it."

History, amongst other things is the memory of the people.

How can one remeber what one does not know? How can one recognize what one has not yet seen?

Good post, and BTW, sent you about 5 emails lately -- have they ended up in the cyber black hole?