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Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003

much ruminating on the left about the efficacy and leadership of the recent anti-war protests. i tend to think they are generally a positive endeavor as those who are powerless are given the opportunity to at least feel they are doing something to effect change. for those that think ANSWER is not the answer the next anti-war rally in new york and elsewhere will be sponsored by united for peace. maybe their speakers will stay on message and focus on this struggle and leave the grabbag of tangenial leftist complaints for the appropriate venues. for me, it wasnt about the speakers anyway. it was about showing up and registering my dismay and taking away an impression. sheer numbers spoke louder than words.

here are a few rival perspectives --

high clearing
maxspeak
nathan newman
daily kos


also downplaying the numbers v. how best to make estimates at rallies

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