Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. J. Littletree 1973

    J. Littletree 1973 said, over 4 years ago

    I was just commenting on the Oliphant editorial as to the similarity between what is happening with the Non-violent OWS protest and the 1969 Police riot’s in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, which of note were initiated by the then Democratic Governor of Chicago, Richard Daly. An old French proverb notes: The more things change the more they are the same. To keep in mind is that both Gandhi and King Jr. caused change to happen, each in their respective Countries, as may the OWS eventually do here in the U.S. If they do generate change, the pro and con merits of any changes, like Gandhi’s and King’s, will be a point of debate for the generations.

  2. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 4 years ago

    If I get this right, it seems kind of silly. Is Rall suggesting that they shouldn’t be non-violent? If he thinks it’s a bad thing for liberals to espouse non-violence (though I never noticed that they do), then is he saying the it would be a good thing for non-liberals to espouse violence? Maybe I’m confused, but this seems not well thought out.

  3. Lavocat

    Lavocat said, over 4 years ago

    When has REAL change ever come about in any human system without extreme violence? Answer me that. Violence is ALWAYS the answer. It just happens not to be the BEST answer. But it is always the answer.

  4. itisme

    itisme GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), American Broadcasting Company (ABC), National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
    There, now you know what the letters stand for so you can stop just calling them the “alphabet” networks.

  5. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, over 4 years ago

    Actually, the strip seems a bit behind the times. Unnecessary use of force by the police against innocent protesters put OWS into the mainstream media, and now the Oakland cops, by fracturing a veteran’s skull, have managed to swing a large segment of the public behind the Occupations. Times have changed since the recording video camera was developed.

    See also http://www.theawl.com/2011/10/the-livestream-ended-how-i-got-off-my-computer-and-into-the-streets-at-occupy-oakland (http://tinyurl.com/3eubraw). Stuff is really happening, which the use of force would inevitably thrust back into the same hopeless pit we were in before September 17th.

  6. Sr NONliberal

    Sr NONliberal said, over 4 years ago

    @itisme

    Itisme, you addressed one part of Churchies comment, what about the rest? Tell, us, what about the cops that got injured?

  7. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, over 4 years ago

    I optimistically disagree with you. Every social change starts small. OWS is not against wealth; it is against greed, disparity, and exploitation. No civilization where those are the paramount values has yet survived.

  8. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, over 4 years ago

    @J. Littletree 1973

    I agree. I continue to advise: wait to see what happens at the national conventions next summer.

  9. kylegann

    kylegann said, over 4 years ago

    I appreciate Rall’s point, but we do live in a police state. Violence from OWS will only bring down quickly escalating violence from the police, who are itching to beat up some “dirty hippies.” There’s no possible way to win or even make a dent on that level. I’m proud of OWS’s ingenuity in the creative ways they’ve found to fight back so far.

  10. Patrick JB Flynn

    Patrick JB Flynn said, over 4 years ago

    It’s all about core values. The Occupy movement is dedicated by and large to non-violence as that is the only way they can gain favor in this struggle. That is not to suggest that a movement as inclusive as this will not have a few miscreants amongst them. On the other hand, the police (as representatives of the state) as well as the Wall Street marketeers have violence at their core, economic and/or physical.

  11. Bill_Clay

    Bill_Clay said, over 4 years ago

    George Washington defeated the British troops with non-violent protest, right?

  12. halfabug

    halfabug said, over 4 years ago

    Al OW wants is TV coverage. To get a message out that they don’t even know. they admi it freely about the coverage.

  13. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    True. During the October Crisis (martial law in Canada, no less), the RCMP burnt farm buildings and blamed it on the FLQ. Some cops also commited arson during the Kananaskis protests.

  14. Bilword

    Bilword said, over 4 years ago

    churchill was wrong

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