Seniors for a Democratic Society

Well, it’s about up and running now, a spin-off blog for you raving populists who find yourself aghast at all the nefarious doings of the oligarchy and their pet sharks, the politicians. It’s an acronym designed to irritate, yes, but above all to stimulate, for better or worse.

In our experience, the original SDS was pretty much a joke, a meeting place for disenchanted would-be firebrands to gather and argue semantics. There was the obligatory rant from the one we dismissed as an anarchist — though he was more likely an underground member of the government’s CointelPro program designed to foment illegal action. At Syracuse U., that action fomented was an occupation of McDonald’s — which, as stupid as it may sound given the student employees there, was even more stupid in practice. Freedom of milkshake won the day and the action quickly unraveled.

There’s gotta be a better way, and maybe the Egyptians can teach us a thing or two. Even an old dog could learn a new trick…

“They would not find me changed from him they knew. /
Only more sure of all I thought was true.”

—Robert Frost

Or, as dearly departed Molly Ivins said, “What you need is sustained outrage… There’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority.”

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