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Forum Post: Event in NY: A panel discussion on political persecution

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 30, 2011, 2:42 p.m. EST by usernameah (36)
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Red to Green: Political Panic from McCarthyism to ‘Eco-Terrorism’

A panel discussion on past and present political persecution the United States

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

6:30pm – 8:00 pm

Community Church of New York

40 East 35th Street

New York, NY, 10016




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[-] 2 points by aahpat (1407) 12 years ago

One of the inherent problems in the OWS movement is that many insist that OWS is not a political movement. It is a social movement. So, by definition, it would be a contradiction in terms to claim political persecution in the creepy government actions against OWS encampments.

Personally I believe OWS is a political movement that simply has not yet grasp its identity. But I am just one person.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 12 years ago

It's probably a safe bet to say to say it's both.

[-] 1 points by usernameah (36) 12 years ago

The boundaries between the social and political realms are beginning to blur with hard-handed persecution and erosion of civil liberties.

[-] 1 points by aahpat (1407) 12 years ago

Democracy is politics. A democratic society is a political society.

The two can't be divorced and still be a free society.

All that we can hope to do is to keep subversives out of the body politic. Wall Street are the most powerful subversives our society has ever known. But they are subversives and need to be regarded as such.