the youth thing

Charles Jannuzi b_rieux at
Mon Mar 31 19:59:07 MST 2003

The second piece from Australia is more
interesting,so read down. CJ



Part of the movement's strength, Gerson said,
comes from a newly energised student base -- a
big shift from the economically booming '90s that
generally kept a lid on campus activism.

"The students who are coming out to
demonstrations...are rediscovering their
political power," he said. "They are learning
lessons about American society and about
democracy that have been submerged for the last

Further distinguishing the present peace drive is
the absence of a draft that sucked a generation
of American men into military service and served
as a major catalyst for the peace movement of the
late '60s.

In place of the draft, Gerson said, is a sense of
"straight altruism" shared by people who are
simply concerned about their country's future.

Stephen Nathanson, a philosophy professor at
Northeastern University and a former Vietnam-era
peace activist, said many current demonstrators
are also more comfortable with their sense of

"In the '60s, people just accepted that if they
were against the war, they were going to be
anti-patriotic," Nathanson said. "Now, people
seem to understand that you can oppose the war
because you're patriotic. People who oppose the
war actually think it's bad for the country, that
it will make the country unsafe."

Joshua Jackson, an anti-war organiser at
Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, said
activism is not confined to "lefty" college towns
like Madison, Wisconsin, or Berkeley, California,
-- and it goes beyond the free-love, drug-happy
flower power of the late '60s.

"Sure there are punk rockers and hippies taking
part," he said. "But this is not a
counter-cultural movement: You're seeing a lot of
'normal' people involved with this."

Parents told to stop kids protesting

NSW Premier Bob Carr has urged parents to "take
charge of their own youngsters" and stop them
attending an illegal anti-war student rally in
Sydney on Wednesday.

Mr Carr said no parent should allow their child
to attend the planned rally organised by the
Books Not Bombs (BNB) coalition responsible for a
violent street march last week.

"It (BNB) is a front organisation from an extreme
left group that wants to radicalise youngsters by
throwing them into a clash on the streets, wants
to build support for itself by doing that," the
premier told Sydney radio 2GB.

"This group wants to provoke a confrontation
between themselves and police - that's their
whole rationale," he said.

"This is a Trotskyist group which sees in the war
in Iraq an opportunity to inflate its membership,
that is to radicalise youngsters and to have them
join their ranks."

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