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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-29-09 09:20 AM
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Feeling Too Down to Rise Up
IN Chicago, during the summer of 1992, I watched a rally explode into a riot. Unruly public housing tenants were protesting high prices at local grocery stores. A request to speak with a manager turned into shouts and screams when the proprietor was spotted scurrying out the back door. In minutes, bottles flew overhead, gangs began shooting indiscriminately, people shouted for the heads of the management, and mothers scrambled to shelter infants from flying glass and bullets. In the eyes of the rioters, I could see both anger and euphoria.

These days, we are hearing a lot about populist rage, but so far no riots have broken out in front of the Treasury Department or the A.I.G. headquarters. The pundits assure us that Americans are furious, disgusted, mad as hell, but cabinet officials and chief executives havent been confronted by throngs of angry citizens. In fact, the only mass disturbance to make news lately was at an Americas Next Top Model audition, where three people were arrested on charges of inciting a riot the cause of that uprising, for the record, was not the financial crisis.

The texture of discontent (or lack thereof) can say a lot about a nation, and that Americans today are less likely to rebel may not be an entirely positive sign.

It certainly doesnt mean we have more love, patience or tolerance for one another. Indeed, it may mean just the opposite, that we tend not to trust one another and that we are more alienated from our neighbors than ever before. The lack of direct action could signal the weakening of a social contract that keeps people meaningfully invested in the fate of our country which may, in turn, be hindering our ability to resolve this crisis.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/opinion/29venkatesh.h...
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-29-09 09:24 AM
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1. The watershed moment will come when 'we' no longer feel like we have anything to lose
people will resist as long as their is hope they'll be able to return to their old lifestyle.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-29-09 09:51 AM
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2. The right wing nuts seem to be inciting people to riot, actually.
Esp. Glenn Beck.
Have you noticed?

I think they are instigating an excuse for martial law.
I think want mob acton. Works to their advantage.
Worked for Hitler.
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