Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming

Mr. Fish

I was only 12 years old in 1970, but the OWS movement and the statist reactions to it are beginning to feel oddly familiar. The image above, and its point of view, were common takes on the authority used to quell the anti-war movement in the late 60s and early 70s. At that time, it was clear to many, that the police and the military were tools of the state, an extension of a regressive and intractable power—the status quo reflexively protecting its interests.

But unlike Kent State, a mayor or governor, in our current post-9/11 society, doesn't have to call the National Guard to put down the hippies and the malcontents. Most police forces in this country, to the tune of millions in taxpayer money, receive military weaponry and anti-terror training—they are the national guard for the 1%.

I think we have a problem.

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My déjà vu:
In 1970, I had a poster of this...
By Bernie Boston -- The Washington Evening Star

and without irony, this...(give me break, I was 12)
Raquel Welch One Million Years B.C.

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