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This is What a Closed Debate Smells Like!
06 Oct 2000
October 3 in Boston revealed some of the coalition building problems and internal contradicitions of the youthful global justice movement. Nevertheless, it represented a step forward in the building of a new left in the U.S.
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correction
06 Oct 2000
Nader might not be a socialist, but the "movement that is carrying him" is, from my experience of nader organizing meetings, mostly radicals: socialists, anarchists, etc. it may have different characteristics in different areas, but as you pointed out, there are anarchists supporting nader. why you find that a contradiction is beyond me. Most people I know that are working for the Nader campaign, in my area at least, do not view Nader as the solution to the world's problems, do not support Nader because they want him to lead us, and do not support Nader because his vision reaches the extent of theirs. Most of us view Nader as a catalyst to bring millions of people into this movement who would otherwise not be brought in, to highlight many of the issues that we care about at a national level that aren't being spoken to, and to be able to send a message not only to the establishment but to the tens of millions of people who are alienated from the political process and want change but believe it is hopeless-- to send them a message that yes, you are not alone, and yes, we are willing to take action. We don't support Nader because we agree with him on everything-- we support Nader because the Nader campaign has a potentially huge impact that is well worth being the chosen short-term campaign at the present time to advance the building of this new left.

By the way, there is a strong psychological component as well. When millions of people this year, ideally tens of millions, get in the voting both and vote for Ralph Nader, they will be performing an act of dissent. For millions of people, this may be the first time, or the first time in a very long time, that they will be breaking with the established order, performing an act on behalf of changing this order, participating outside the lines they are given to participate within. Who knows what the impact could be on a given individual to make that first, easy, transition step into dissent? There is surely potential in this regard.

chris
it's addictive!
06 Oct 2000
I agree with the statement above- this may be the first time
that these people have dissented in a meaningful way. And they will find out just how addictive dissent is! Once you stand up for yourself, it's much easier not to back down later on. I have great hope that Nader will turn millions of people into full-blown activists in their daily lives.
voices from the bottom of the well
07 Oct 2000
that is why MUMIA is in jail,for consciously objecting
those who oppresses us,what happened in Boston and in
Prague are classic example of capitalist oppression,Al
GORE owns Continental Pretoleum,the war waged against the people of Colombia is not about drugs,but about american
foreign capital,the irony of it all,is that the FBI trained
the police in Prague,NATO will come to Victoria,Canada,2001
come and protest about the military industrial complex!