Sunday, June 30, 2013

Needed Radio Moment

A number of radio shows exist and, if you're lucky enough, you can hear a great majority of it.

Even so, it's easy to miss a lot of important moments.


Jim Lafferty (above) hosts KPFK's The Lawyers Guild (most Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm PST).  June 20th, he delivered a commentary which included:

Will the people be quiet when government spies are found working inside of anti-war groups, trying, as they did in the seventies, to discredit and disrupt the work of such groups?  Will the people be quite when, as the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act allows, the military begins picking up and holding indefinitely without charges those like myself and so many guests on this show who frequently take to the streets to protest repressive governmental policies?  One is reminded today of that frog in the tub of water slowly getting hotter and hotter and who is thereby lulled into not jumping out in time to save its life.  No, we do not yet live in a complete police state.  But a police state, like all forms of repression, does not generally descend upon a nation and its people in one fell swoop.  Rather, it tends to descend gradually.  And, at first, only those who are wide awake or most victimized by it notice it at all.  But gradually, and quicker than suspected, if most people are asleep, if most accept its coming as 'a small price to pay for safety,' the repression will grow until it has become complete.  And, of course, by then, though all must be aware of it, the question that must be asked is this: If so few were troubled enough to raise their voice against it to a pollster when it first reader its ugly head, how many will be willing to fight it when it may already may be too late and the price for fighting it seen as too dangerous?

Last week found radio offering a lot of soggy and not a great deal of import or value.  The Lawyers Guild did not air last Thursday and its absence was sorely felt.

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