Thursday, November 27, 2008

Nine years ago this Thanksgiving I was having dinner in Indianapolis

With friends who I knew from my school in Michigan. I had just gotten back from the SOA protest, and the WTO protests had just come to an end. I was going to a historic peace college in the general area. It turned out to be my last holiday in the Midwest for a long time. About half a month later I left to live in Florida, taking the zeitgeist and energy of the WTO protests that were now recognized for just how major they were and how much they actually accomplished, with me. And now Obama has picked Paul Volcker, damnit.....Sorry about that, just had to say it one more time. It's not an exaggeration to say that much, if not all, of the stuff I've done in the past nine years has been inspired by the spirit of the WTO protests. It literally changed my life in a profound, profound, way, even though I wasn't there personally. These nine years have been focussed on economic and social justice, politics in general, and on the Iraq war and the Bush administration in particular. It's been a never ending series of protests, and reading. Or at least it's seemed like never ending protests, with the overwhelming majority being local things. But I did march against the Iraq war before it started in Washington D.C., right in front of the White House, and I did manage to earn my "anti-globalization stripes" if you want to call it that by being at the Miami FTAA protest. Also a smaller one in Chicago.

Things may be changing, they may possibly be plateauing, but the late Clinton on to Bush the second era may in fact be over, meaning that after nine years from WTO, eight years from election 2000, and seven years from 9/11, the quantity of the chaos and dissent may have caused a qualitative change in the political landscape of the United States. And unlike quantitative changes, like poll numbers going up or down, changes in quality, like a substantial liberal realignment because of the sheer fucked upedness of the Bush administration, are harder to reverse.

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