Freeze . . pects of the freeze campaign are instructive in this regard. First, the freeze campaign concerns itself with concrete policy issues, generally avoiding the tendency of some peace-movement efforts to assume a stance of moral righteousness and condemnation of the powers-that-be without offering specific proposals. Second, it is evenhanded in its call for a mutual, bilateral freeze, unlike the tendency in some parts of the movement to focus all disarmament demands on the U.S. side, as though Soviet militarism were not a problem. And third, the campaign is pushing to bring the freeze into the electoral and legislative arenas, as opposed to the typical peace-movement reluctance to get involved with mainstream political institutions. A recent newsletter put out by an Austin-based anti-nuclear organization calls for “a massive popular movement for unilateral nuclear disarmament and peace. Such a movement already exists in Europe and must now begin in the heart of the monster, the United States.” The persistence of this kind of banal political self-indulgence suggests that the movement still has a ways to go. Calls for unilateral disarmament and for “kicking the U.S. out,” coming from some sectors of the European peace movement, may be symptomatic of a “trivilization of the issues” born of powerlessness, as David Edwards contends. Imported to this side of the Atlantic, such postures are worse than useless. In contrast, the freeze campaign, in making’an authentic bid to join with and enlist the support of middle-of-the-road citizens of various political persuasions, could represent a big step toward a peace movement at once more mature and more politically effective. If so, it will come none too soon. 0 Rick Piltz is a legislative researcher and policy analyst living in Austin. COPPER CANYON Unique Rail Tours Four Itineraries Including Mazatlan and Baja California ‘Fully Escorted Meals 5-9 days Departs El Paso or presidio Weekly. SANBORN TOURS P.O. Box 2081 Austin, Texas 787613 Write for brochure; then see your travel agent. WESTGATE BUILDING 1122 COLORADO Lavaca Street Entrance Ausun, Texas 78701 Mon-Fn/11-3 VII :re 1/4’ AA. 1:r e l aW 4. Ar I , 10 , 116., DAULAIRE Out of Print First Editions CHILDREN’S BOOKS TEXANA LITERATURE PRINTS & DRAWINGS NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL HOTLINE information on arms control and military budget legislation, and what you can do about it. Updated weekly. 100 Maryland Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Council for a Livable World g innys ‘ COPYING SERVICE Copying Binding Printing Color Copying Graphics Word Processing Austin Lubbock Son Marcos 4 OPEN MONDAY-SATURDAY 10-6 AND OPEN SUNDAY 10-4 WATSON & COMPANY BOOKS 0 Printers Stationers Mailers Typesetters High Speed Web Offset Publication Press Counseling Designing Copy Writing Editing and Trade Computer Sales Services Complete Computer Data Processing Services OE PAWN p……-No %FUTURA TRADES UNION COUNCIL 0 PRESS AUSTIN TEXAS UTUIRIA 512/442-7836 1714 South Congress P.O. Box 3485 Austin, Texas 78764 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11
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