In this excerpt from Dissent: The History of an American Idea, Ralph Young looks at how the limits of dissent as one of our nation’s defining characteristics were tested during World War I.
Is the Occupy Movement an aberration, a flash in the pan that will sputter out? Or is it a portent of things to come?
Like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street is an expression of a deep-seated discontent about the nation’s direction, or lack thereof.
The power of song has so pervaded our society that now it seems that even Supreme Court justices quote lines from protest songs in their decisions.
While at first it might seem strange that a mayor would get arrested at a protest, Gray’s action is simply part of a long tradition of dissent that even precedes the founding of the republic.