A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex” shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots during the anti-Vietnam and countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Update: Transcript added. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer appeared on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself” to discuss why the energy of the mass political movements of 1960s America dissipated and how the United States could prosper without resorting to the tactics of empire.
For those who love pointless games of aggression, rocks will always beat scissors. And the reason why that will never change is because logic has nothing to do with arguing for or against the rules of a game.
The 2011 uprisings in the Arab world showed the Internet’s potential as a tool for both liberation and oppression. Protesters logged on to organize rallies that toppled dictators, while some leaders commandeered the Web to silence opposition. (more)
I suddenly started to worry that the only threat hippies might pose to the dominant culture nowadays was the personal-injury lawsuits they were likely to file from accidental falls due to uneven pavement.
Staring open-mouthed at 17 in my Buddy Holly glasses, chinstrap beard, espresso-stained insides, putrid Chuck Taylors and newsprint-smudged fingertips, I wondered what had happened to the world into which I was hoping to enter so well rehearsed.
The following is an interview with professor Noam Chomsky examining the question of why the counterculture, which had been so endemic to the politics of dissent in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, no longer seems to exist in any viable way.