A message to the Speaker from her constituents. In this era of the corporate mass media and the internet are wall posters still a medium for transmission of alternative culture?
Over at Hullabaloo, poputonian makes the point that resistance against the U.S. imperial project is winning the culture and especially young people, even if there are not thousands of protesters in the streets.
aimai followed up with some very pertinent observations based on political experience both in the U.S. and in the remote mountains of Nepal.
I agree with aimai -- just because lots of people know that something is wrong isn't going to change it unless organized forces are built to impede the forces that like it just fine. We won the culture in the 60s too -- far more obviously than today. But we didn't turn that cultural victory into effective power.
To be specific, U.S. wars in the Middle East will go on unless overwhelming political forces are built to turn the actions of the U.S. state around. Just knowing they lied to us and that their whole project is a murderous sinkhole won't do the trick. I hope all who can will be turning out to the demonstration in Washington next Saturday and to the lobby days that follow.
If we want to change things, we have to do it all: find out as much truth as we can and build effective democratic power that can make the world more secure, more sustainable, more equitable and more peaceful. The internet offers opportunities -- and like any technology, it can be coopted by those who would lull us into comfortable compliance. Technologies don't determine whether we can make change: a mix of necessity, grit, luck, smarts and willingness to sacrifice underlie all successful organizing for progress.