Dissent Then & Now - Tim O'Brien

January 17, 2014

Novelist Tim O’Brien talks about the life-long consequences of the decisions the Viet Nam generation made in their twenties, and says it’s harder to effectively protest today.


In the fourth segment of the program, Jim Fleming and Tim O'Brien were discussing the comparative calm with which we Americans accept the wars of the past dozen years as contrasted with the demonstrations against the war in Viet Nam. I was surprised that they did not mention the lack of a universal draft in the U.S. today! People ask hard questions when they are confronted with difficult decisions. Our recent wars have been fought by young men (and women) with fewer opportunities and fewer choices in life. Our college students do not have to face compulsory military service!