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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-07-13 09:39 PM
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I think we agree that, in hindsight, it seems they were
worried that the reaction to 1929 would be Americans following the example of Russian peasants.

I thank you for that insight. It was like looking into a kaleidoscope, then moving it a bit and immediately having all the pieces fall into a very different pattern. (btw, kudos to David Brewster for inventing the kaleidoscope. In 1815, it must have been something like the invention of television, in terms of entertaining the masses.)

In terms of really seismic shifts in how (relatively) modern nations operate, the American Revolution and the Russian Revolution were probably the biggest things in history.

I don't know what the plutocrats in the US and around the world were thinking between 1905 and 1917, or between 1917 and 1929. But, they must have been scared in 1929.

Looking back at the civil rights movement, especially in light of things I heard around the time of the 50th anniversary celebration of the I Have A Dream speech, I think they had to have been very scared then, too.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-08-13 12:41 PM
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1. The FBI was all concerned about MLK.
I guess anyone that was a non-violent advocate for civil rights was viewed as a communist. The more things change the more they stay the same. The far right had too much influence then just as they have now. They have really fucked this country over.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-08-13 01:42 PM
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2. I don't know if they were afraid of communism per se or just violence, regardless of the reason.
I have no idea, but they were scared.

As I mentioned at the time of the anniversary, someone who was involved in the planning wrote a book and was publicizing it. He said that they were ready to cut the mikes at the uttering of anything that sounded to them like insurrection.

Now, between the Surveillance State and the Security State, I doubt that they worry much these days about any kind of successful uprising.
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