Resisting Endless War
Thomas Good (panel with Bill Ayers and Elaine Brower)
Chicago, IL – November 10, 2007.
Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) originally formed to support SDS: to do legal observation (in conjunction with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) ), to raise bail money, help with press work, etc. But now, a year and a half later, MDS exists as an activist organization in its own right.
The key question facing MDS today is the same question that I heard raised in 1974. On May 4, 1974, I attended a rally at Kent State University at which Tom Hayden, Julian Bond and Dan Ellsberg spoke. With the US intervention in Viet Nam clearly ending (as the people of Viet Nam approached victory over US imperialism) the question was “Where do we (the peace movement) go from here?” Implicit in the question was the idea that the peace movement’s work was unfinished even though the 10 year war was finally ending. At the time no clear answer was offered. Last year I posed the same question to Hayden when I saw him in New York. He said: “I don’t know, we aren’t there yet.” My feeling is that we need to find an answer, and find it NOW if the peace movement is to avoid the same old problem – having to rebuild itself with each new war.