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To "Dan Faulkner"
06 Oct 2000
A general reply to this person's constant, repetitive attack on direct action.
Mr. Faulkner:

You have made many posts (repastings really) where you attack Direct Action as a concept by saying 1. It accomplishes nothing, 2. It is primarily "rich white kids" having fun, 3. And use an analogy of abortion clinic protests to counter.

1. Accomplishes nothing? Surely you missed your US history class where a little thing called a "revolution" occurred. If you deny your history, you wallow in unamerican tradition. Thomas Jefferson said freedom cost blood and would consistantly have to be defended by people in arms and Lincoln even said that people have a right to revolt against an unjust system in his 1861 Inaugeral address.

As for the tactic of direct action itself, you need look no further than the front page of a newspapeer today to see what is happening in Belgrade. People peacefully, in the face of tear gas, ocupied government buildings.
The world has a long history of direct action, if not 100% successful, at last drawing attention to issues otherwise ignored.
If you want a corporate sham for a democracy in America, go ahead. But if you don't, the people have no other means to change when corruption runs this deep.
And when the press is controlled by the same corporate interests that keep Republicrats in power, how do you presume we garner attention?

2. "Rich white kids". This is so foolish its not worth retort. If you want to draw sweeping assertions, go ahead. Dont expect anyone to treat you as if you have credibility.

3. You are way off track with the abortion clinic analogy.

First of all, leftist/anarchist demonstrators would never EVER block someones access to a medical facility. We would NEVER blockade a private citizen in a small business.

Do you see protesters harassing bank tellers or pollsters who are doing their jobs? No, we fight a system. Yes it has symbolic heads, but those people understand that responsibility when they commit the acts (crimes) they do.

Finally, if they really had the passion to commit themselves to their cause, by all means.

If you continue to think that people in this movement put themselves in harms way just for kicks and have no issue (I never read you mentioning any >issue
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who said it?
06 Oct 2000
As far as I know, Dan Faulkner is dead. He was shot while doing his job. Whoever shot him, and whatever kind of person he was, it's a tragedy.
I'm assuming you were talking about a group of people claiming to defend Faulkner by hating the Left. I think we need to be careful and remember that they, and not Dan Faulkner, are our enemies here.