I hear this idea a lot. I hear it from people I know who sneer in general at peace protesters; from people who disagree with war, but don't want to appear "weak"; and from people who don't think, but feel that looking cynical is edgy and makes them seem smart. Sadly, I even hear it from people who actively protest; even they seem to feel that the outrage of the public is lacking in the face of the outrageous events of our day.
It's an insidious meme. The idea that our generation doesn't care enough to protest has crept across the media - the accusation ranges from Bill O'Reilly's assertions
that "only stoned slackers" are watching The Daily Show, to stories on CNN
about how many protest songs there used to be, and a widely repeated story by Jimmy Chang
that accuses contemporary artists of burying their protests for the sake of sales.
But I say those characterizations are wrong. Dead wrong. As I said in my own blog
, the Revolution is already in progress. …