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Naming the System, Then and Now

On April 17, 1965, the first major anti-Vietnam War march was held in Washington, DC. Among the speakers that day was Students for a Democratic Society President Paul Potter.  Potter argued that the Vietnam War, far from being an isolated event, was the product of a system that encompassed not simply the foreign policies of the United States, but its domestic conditions as well:What kind of system is it that justifies the United States or any country seizing the destinies of the Vietnamese people and using them callously for its own purpose? What kind of system is it that Read more