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I have to admit…

February 10, 2012

I have to admit that I was wrong. I heard it is the measure of a mans character to admit when he was wrong. That was in a movie. Pirate Radio, a great movie about the radio banning in England of Rock-n-Roll. But I was wrong about Democracy. Which is quite something* considering my previous blog. But if nothing this shows growth in print.

Well alright here it is, I have been down grading the level of democracy in America.

I am sorry. And I’m disappointed that it took

But democracy is even stronger now than it was in 1968. You have to remember that, during Vietnam, there was no opposition at the beginning of the war. It did develop, but only six years after John F Kennedy attacked South Vietnam and troop casualties were mounting. However, with the Iraq War, opposition was there from the very beginning, before an attack was even initiated. The Iraq War was the first conflict in western history in which an imperialist war was massively protested against before it had even been launched.

There are other differences, too. In 1968, it was way out in the margins of society to even discuss the possibility of withdrawal from Vietnam. Now, every presidential candidate mentions withdrawal from Iraq as a real policy choice.

There is also far greater opposition to oppression now than there was before. For example, the US used routinely to support or initiate military coups in Latin America. But the last time the US supported a military coup was in 2002 in Venezuela, and even then they had to back off very quickly because there was public opposition. They just can’t do the kinds of things they used to.

So, I think the impact of 1968 was long-lasting and, overall, positive.

For me to realize that.

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