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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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