No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

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No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:18 am

yes it was but

I was so much older then I'm younger than that now


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No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

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Lyndon Johnson, MLK assassination riots, Democratic Convention, Chicago, 1968
President Johnson listens to a tape sent by his son-in-law, Captain Charles Robb, who was serving in Vietnam, July 31, 1968 (left). Soldier standing guard on the corner of 7th & N Street NW in Washington DC with the ruins of buildings that were destroyed during the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 8, 1968 (upper right). Young "hippie" standing in front of a row of National Guard soldiers, across the street from the Hilton Hotel at Grant Park, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, August 26, 1968 (bottom right). Photo credit: Jack Kightlinger / LBJ Library, Warren K. Leffler / Library of Congress / Wikimedia, and U.S. News & World Report / Library of Congress
Just how bad are things today? Let’s compare. Exactly 50 years ago, the Vietnam War was raging, the Tet offensive had begun and 30,000 more troops went to Vietnam, while the war dead were returning home in body bags.

Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, race riots broke out in almost every large city in America, and one political party’s convention became a domestic war zone. In Europe, Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring was crushed by a bellicose Soviet Union.

Even before being elected, Richard Nixon was interfering with foreign policy in his own interests. President Lyndon B. Johnson was driven from office, and he was succeeded by a man who would end up resigning in disgrace.

Imagine if all of this had been covered by cable news 24/7? We would have had a national breakdown.

In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, Jeff Schechtman talks with Arizona State University professor Kyle Longley, who has written extensively about Johnson and 1968.

Longley reminds us how angry and frustrated the American people were throughout that decade. During the 1966 midterms, the Democrats lost 47 House seats. Johnson, who had sought power and the presidency his entire life, was watching the world spin out of his control. We learn much about the inability of even so well prepared a leader as LBJ to handle so many crises simultaneously.

By the end, Johnson had clearly lost his political grip, and his manic behavior, as seen through today’s lens, was troubling. What’s most striking, Longley tells Jeff Schechtman, is how many of the same themes and issues of race, class, political corruption, nuclear disarmament, Russia, and the limits of American power once again unsettle the US this year.

Kyle Longley is the author of LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval (Cambridge University Press, February 22, 2018).

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Re: No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

Postby liminalOyster » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:04 am

I had really expected there would be some sort of French "50 years after 1968 " type event with a bit of global visibility.
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Re: No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

Postby JackRiddler » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:58 am

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Macron is working on inspiring one.

A comparison is unnecessary and probably obscures more than it clarifies. If we're going to be all U.S.-focused about it, and focused on government and politics, then Trump is worse than Nixon but has yet to do worse (cumulatively) than even Obama, let alone Bush. Both embody intensely reactionary moments in the culture, so 50 years later there's a great deal of "I don't believe we're still dealing with this bullshit!" The current one has the feel of reaction due to decline in the power of the right, rather than a rise. Neoliberalism is much worse currently than its in early stages, but also seems out of ideas; will a real economic and social justice movement therefore come together? I don't know. Much in the assessment would depend on unknowable outcomes yet to come. Nixon played mad-dog. There was no nuclear war and a summit with Mao, but the genocide in Indochina was intensified. They made plans for martial law, but it didn't happen. Not officially, anyway: the drug war was re-launched to boost police-state action and incarceration on a never-before seen scale, COINTELPRO reached a climax, Pinochet was installed and Condor was organized. On the other hand, awareness for the catastrophic treatment of the biosphere mushroomed and produced an EPA, as opposed to today's awareness of something even more catastrophic underway producing a regulatory rollback, a double-down on fracking and, in Canada, government buyouts of oil pipelines to keep them going. These billionaire bozos have never been as powerful or prominent. The means of communication have never been as open or controlled at the same time. We don't know what's coming tomorrow. I doubt it will be the Handmaid's Tale, but it might be Mad Max.

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Re: No Matter How Bad Things Seem, 1968 Was Worse

Postby Cordelia » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:48 am

Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated,....


....During the 1966 midterms, the Democrats lost 47 House seats. Johnson, who had sought power and the presidency his entire life, was watching the world spin out of his control. We learn much about the inability of even so well prepared a leader as LBJ to handle so many crises simultaneously.

By the end, Johnson had clearly lost his political grip, and his manic behavior, as seen through today’s lens, was troubling


Several interesting videos of LBJ fwiw.....

Rehearsing his speech (& speed reading peace in S.E. Asia) in March 1968.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJn-NmgJkcg

The 'animosity' (to put it mildly) between LBJ & RFK is very well known of course, but in his address following RFK’s assassination, Johnson does nothing to hide that imo, woodenly reading the words from the teleprompter and abruptly exiting the podium.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2mE1cBSQgU,

Two months earlier, addressing the nation after the assassination of Martin Luther King, his speech seems slurred to me, as though he'd been drinking.

(Sorry......can't embed.)
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