Category Archives: Chicago ’68

Chicago’s police riot and Reuters’ memory hole

By Joel Thurtell George Orwell explained how history could be obliterated — state-appointed historians in his novel, 1984, would simply clip offending facts out of news reports and drop them down the “memory hole.” Reuters, a self-styled news service, had … Continue reading

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The man who wasn’t there

The statesman can only wait and listen until he hears the footsteps of God resounding through events, then he must jump up and grasp the hem of His coat, that is all. — Otto von Bismarck, quoted in Newsweek By … Continue reading

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‘Privacy’ for snitches

A clerical error appears to have allowed Mr. Withers’s identity to be divulged: In most cases in the reports, references to Mr. Withers and his informant number, ME 338-R, have been blacked out. But in several locations, the F.B.I. appears … Continue reading

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Norman, me & the “siege” of Chicago, Part V

[donation] By Joel Thurtell Why do I think the lack of military conscription — a draft — ensures that today there is no upheaval against George W. Bush’s war in Iraq as powerful as the one that forced the United … Continue reading

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Norman, me & the “siege” of Chicago, Part IV

[donation] By Joel Thurtell Iraq is a vicious, awful war. It hasn’t killed as many American GIs as Vietnam, nor as many Iraqis as Vietenamese and Cambodians. But Iraq is nonetheless a wasteful foreign war, one we were tricked into, … Continue reading

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Norman, me & the “siege” of Chicago, Part III

[donation] By Joel Thurtell If cops start raining billy clubs on your car, don’t yell insults. I learned that on a visit to Chicago’s Loop. Forty years ago. I approached the anniverary thinking I’d write a long essay to run … Continue reading

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Norman, me & the “siege” of Chicago, Part II

[donation] By Joel Thurtell It makes me sad when I think about those two classmates, Tom “Tex” Ford and Lloyd Slack, who were killed in Vietnam. Around the second grade, Tom Ford’s family moved to Texas. When they came back … Continue reading

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Norman, me & the “siege” of Chicago, Part I

[donation] By Joel Thurtell On the 40th anniversary of my beating and arrest by Chicago cops during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, I find myself wondering if the alienation of Hillary Clinton Democrats who lost to Barack Obama in 2008 … Continue reading

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