Demonstrations are "in." If you haven't stoned the South African Embassy or shouted "Fascist Pig!" at the South African Ambassador, you're nobody. Regardless of the fact that you couldn't give a damn about the black South Africans or the Australian involvement in Vietnam, you must demonstrate if you want to be "in".
At a recent Vietnam moratorium rally in the U.S. one young demonstrator, when asked why he objected to the American involvement in Vietnam replied, "Man, I'm just demonstrating!" I believe this attitude typifies that of the majority of people who take part in demonstrations. I think that the real hard-core antiwar radicals are very much in the minority. It is too easy to be swayed in a crowd.
At the same U.S. rally a "Time" Magazine correspondent reported, "as some of the young earnestly and tearfully sought to move Congress with their message against the war, others baited cops in front of the Capital".
Apartheid, Vietnam, Woman's Lib, Abortion Reform, no matter what it is, you must demonstrate to be "in".
M. Birtus 5B