February 17, 2003
Six Degrees? That's what it felt like

I haven't yet found an adequate analysis of Saturday's peace rally/march that explains how 250-400,000 people all decided to stroll over to the UN on the same day, at the same time. (Yes, I'm in the middle of Smart Mobs right now.) I know that United for Peace was a major organizer, with ties to the unions, but from what I saw, most of the people were unaffiliated with any large group. Were the flyers *that* effective? How much coordination was really done through the web and email? I'm convinced that the un-organized, semi-spontaneous nature of it was the reason the NYPD seriously misunderestimated the numbers of people that showed up, and I'm quite sure it won't happen again.

Posted by tmonkey at February 17, 2003 11:59 AM

I feel that I always knew it would be Feb. 15. I.e., I don't remember learning it. (Granted, I read the anti-bush news [buzzflash for e.g.] every day.) But I'd also say that the success of the previous protests/marches -- in DC and elsewhere -- helped raise the profile of this, to make it seem like a crest rather than a fluke.

Posted by: dbrown on February 17, 2003 02:19 PM

It takes a lot to make that many people come out in 18 degree weather and walk for 3 hours. I think it was the "family-affair" nature of it, and the Feeder effect.

At least we gave W something to think about in 2 years, if not before he pulls the trigger.

Posted by: tmonkey on February 17, 2003 03:57 PM

appears W is thinking about it and he "respectfully disagrees."

personally, i think the man would be more moved by a protest that challenged his religious priciples ("W is the anti-christ") than his poltical principles.

Posted by: elia on February 18, 2003 11:45 AM

"The role of a leader is to decide policy based upon the security -- in this case -- security of the people."

This is wrong in so many ways...

Posted by: tmonkey on February 18, 2003 12:07 PM

i'm assuming he means the financial security of the people who got him into the oval office.

and where is gore during all this? i wonder if he's planning some "perot/iran '79" special ops attack on saddam by himself to beat bush to the punch. would explain the beard.

Posted by: elia on February 18, 2003 12:52 PM
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