Let's let reality lie. It must be getting tired.
As for doing something about the myth that war is over, I think you and me just did. Got a Revolution!
I have some fear that there won't be the Hippie culture cunning, not only "for" peace, but peaceful.
What we learned at a very early age back then, was 2 things.
First, a demonstration, no matter how organized as peaceful, will always get out of hand. Remember this isn't about wages and benefits, it's about the actions of a Government.
(Chicago six, Seattle Seven).
Second, the government enforcers will beat the shit out of you like the '68 Democratic convention, or kill you a la Kent State.
So, we did what we could, which was just living the Hippie Lifestyle. You won't move the people of a nation with violence, you will just spook them.
Finally you need the numbers, so your voice is one voice. It took years for the Hippie culture to get so big. Today, there is not one voice, it is fragmented. Demonstrators against Iraq/Afghan have displayed violence toward the military bases. This sort of display gets you nowheres. There are under cover anarchist in the demonstrators, to make sure it gets out of hand, and violence erupts.
Make no mistake, the Hippie Culture terrified the Government, and a resurgence of it, I fear would have some more dire consequences, peaceful or not.
And today's foreign war has no draft, so apathy is way up. They signed up for it right? It's good for a military career, right?
Other than that we have about the same numbers in opposition to us (the warmongers) as we had back then. The government was smart by handling and covering the big obstical of the draft, so it could wage another foreign war for profit and a realistic weapons test lab. What makes me uneasy about these current wars, is that they could turn into a draft. The threat is there.
After than it's simple, make a demand or set of demands, take it to the people, by whatever means. They say six people can start something like this.
Only a truely peaceful display and effort will result in changes that will withstand the test of time.
Back then, we didn't know if we'd be successful, and we didn't care. The Hippie Culture fulfilled all the empty spots in us.
The new President? The current one may be him in a year. That's why I'm reading the Zinn book. I would vote for a president with an agenda to end war, especially our addiction to constant foreign wars.
I haven't seen one yet, unless Obama turns out to be the one, but I remain skeptical.
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?