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March on the Pentagon, 1967

An Easy Essay In spirit of Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

From the history of the 60′s
The “powers that be”
Leaned how to manipulate
People like you and me.
“Do not react to people seeking justice.”
“Placate them and if does not work
Attack the person not the message.”
“And if that does not work,
Completely ignore the person and message.”

We the people did not learn from the history of the sixties
We forgot that real social change
Comes from direct nonviolent action
Of the people for the people and by the people.

Now people think that signing a petition
Or voting for someone fixed by powers that be
Is doing something

We are a generation suffering from TMI, Too Much Information
And the gatekeepers are the “Powers that be”
They keep us busy and dizzy
With so much stuff
That we forget that unless we work together
We are just spinning our wheels,
Going in circles getting nowhere,
Just like the powers that be want us to be.

The search for truth has become
“That is your opinion and I have my opinion”.
“Do your thing and I will do mine.”
Diversity leads to more diversity not unity.
We are kept divided not united
And the ‘powers that be’
Laugh all the way to the bank.

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