[lbo-talk] Parading US militarism

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 11 17:10:23 PST 2018

> On Feb 8, 2018, at 12:26 PM, Andy <andy274 at gmail.com> wrote:
> To be honest, between the military presence at sports events and the "thank
> you for your service" thing, the prospect of a parade feels like filling a
> gap.

Yes, except that the parade would almost certainly provoke antiwar demonstrations, hopefully large scale ones, which is why it would be of greater interest to us than those other isolated and petty rituals.

> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 3:37 PM Marv Gandall <marvgand2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If and when it occurs, Trump’s vainglorious military parade could provide
>> a perfect opportunity for a counter peace march. But Jonathan Freedland’s
>> suggestion that “…the rival procession could feature a giant effigy of
>> Donald J Trump – with tiny, tiny hands” is light-minded and would do
>> nothing to educate the wider US public.
>> A more effective demonstration would feature antiwar veterans of the
>> Vietnam, Iraq, and other wasteful and failed imperial wars holding aloft
>> banners and signs illustrating that it is the poor and people of colour who
>> bleed and die while pampered rich schoolboys like Bush and Trump cheer them
>> on from the comforts of home.
>> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/07/trump-military-parade-would-be-despot-strongman-tactics
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