Here’s something that you’ve not seen before… no, not this conundrum… the direction to our ‘Second Section’.
Hadn’t really thought about ever mentioning it, but back in May this year, when the Issue again expanded to 48 pages, we made that split. In fact, with the exception of just 2 Issues, all of ‘this’ year’s issues are 2-parters. And (spoiler alert!) ‘next year’ (1969), when the Issue makes it to 72 pages(!), we add a 3rd Section.
Of course, we try to keep a theme for the additional Sections. And this time around the theme is, of course, ‘voting’. But we’re not just a twirl the mind kind of paper, asking only if you should stand up or ‘just’ cop out. Therefore, and naturally, we included the low down on the amendments, propositions, and candidates so you could be moved to vote. AND, TOO, just as naturally for us (the LA Free Press), we included the thoughts of two activists – with demonstrated smarts and street creds – who had the long-awaited ‘plan’ to get past “the choosing of the lesser of two evils.”
There is no explicit mention of that intention by the writers – for back then, they knew, and they knew we knew, what all the Readers of our original Issues also knew – that the cause of the puzzlement posed by the Front Page headline was but the result of manipulated campaigns that out-paced those of principled politicians.
And isn’t it true that now (50 years later!) that those who are heading to the polls (you, for instance) know that there is still the very same dilemma?
Hence, once again, remarkably, an old 60’s article that espoused over-the-top idealism, seemingly as counter-intuitive as it was impractical, may also be the answer for these new times. And just so that it gets the fairest reading, before you go forward, I’ll add these few thoughts:
*Yes, ‘the war’ is over, but larger battles loom – causes that are worth fighting for, instead of protesting against – i.e. climate change, women’s rights and, now, compassion for refugees.
*LBJ DID cave under the pressure of the peaceniks – so, too, may those now holding positions in opposition to the majority of us, providing a way for change even after the election. (A real Party Problem.)
*The young authors went on to even bigger achievements – though both were defendants among the Chicago 7, Tom (a good friend of the LA FP) to both the California House and Senate, Rennie, from radical to advising some of the largest companies in the Nation, and met again at a panel to discuss “a progressive counterbalance to the religious right”. (Sounds timely, doesn’t it?)
*Finally, just its rhyming title earns it a break – Join the election strike: Vote with your feet – vote in the street.
So, whether you vote or not, follow the plan – there’s hope in high ideals and persistence.