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WHY ACTIVISTS FAIL

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    from http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/013004_in_your_face.html There are two reasons why activist efforts to halt the inertia of the Empire have
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2004
      from http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/013004_in_your_face.html

      There are two reasons why activist efforts to
      halt the inertia of the Empire have failed and
      will continue to fail: human nature, and human
      nature.

      Activists all over the political spectrum are
      flailing about in the post-9/11 world, spinning
      wheels, and throwing out idea after idea without
      a unifying principle or a clearly stated goal. As
      has happened so many times before with the
      victims of a dozen other instances of government
      criminality, the new victims - like the New
      Jersey widows of 9/11 who are known for their
      persistence in challenging government lies - make
      mistakes that have been made before, put their
      faith in strategies that have been tried before,
      and discount the wisdom and experience of those
      who have suffered before. Human nature says that
      it is wrong to criticize victims. Yet the new
      ones make a habit of ignoring the old ones, only
      to be replaced and forgotten when the next,
      inevitably greater, crime takes place.

      Each time a new tragedy strikes, whether it be
      9/11, TWA 800 (a Navy shootdown), CIA involvement
      in drug trafficking, Iran-Contra, Waco, The
      Savings and Loan Scandal, the Enron shareholders,
      the Gander crash, or any of a dozen other events
      in recent history, a new crop of people is
      instantly and brutally transformed from people
      who once trusted the system into people who have
      been betrayed by it. Psychologically and
      emotionally raped, they rage. They vow to fight.
      The need to make the system that failed them work
      as they were "taught" becomes a new imperative
      for their sanity and emotional stability. They
      must believe that they can make people listen to
      them, that they can "fix" it.

      When, therefore, others who have been brutalized
      before them present themselves with valuable
      experience and try to explain the lay of the
      land, the new victims are faced with the awful
      responsibility of acknowledging that they
      themselves had not listened or responded when
      their predecessors cried out for help. They had
      been just as quick to say "I'm too busy" or
      "That's a bunch of b.s. It couldn't be that way."
      Yet it is. The new victims had once been as deaf
      as the rest of the world now appears to them.
      Still they clutch at straws and cling to the
      illusion that "this time it will be different".
      For their own sanity they must ignore the reality
      of the people who came before them, when to
      listen and learn might provide a unifying, if
      terrifying, focus that might ensure success. All
      it takes is courage and a good map.
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