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You couldn't put it better. Especially for us who lived through the student movements of the 60's and 70's- and still conserve a drop of realistic optimism despite everything. It's nice to report- and feel in some way a part of a good future.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 09:04:26 AM EST
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I was a film student, and then later film-maker, during that period.

I suppose it is the same for all 20 -25 year olds, but that period still echoes with me every day in some form. I suppose it is the time when you really feel life is beginning. Up to that time, it's all about me - who am I?: but then you discover this big old world and that you are part of it, responsible for it in some small way.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 11:31:57 AM EST
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I'm in my late 50's. I was in Paris from 69 to 72. I went through the student movement there as well as the Italian movements throughout the seventies. It was different. Violence became routine and assassination became a perverse logic between warring factions.

There's a program on commemorating 68 in Rome that's a play on an old expression, "The misdeeds of your fathers will fall on you," a cruel admonition of ancient times when guilt was hereditary. It's been changed to "The dreams of your fathers will fall on you."

The students of today say they've studied well our past dreams and mistakes and have planned accordingly. Our worry is that power is ruthless and will do anything to radicalize or subvert this outburst of young  protest and human creativity.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 11:52:51 AM EST
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