Comparisons between "then" and "now" are tricky for a number of reasons. For one thing, the climate has dramatically altered since conscientious citizens know themselves to be living inside a state under surveillance: a/k/a the belly of the beast. That level of scrutiny along with today's type of militarized domestic policing forces were not yet in place during the Kent State matter.
Consider, too, that people are fighting on NUMEROUS fronts since the MIC-corporate covert takeover of our nation has forced millions to fight for all sorts of things which previously were not under attack by that same corporate state.
- Fighting for fair wages
- Fighting police brutality (this mostly impacting the Black community)
- Fighting for women's reproductive rights/birth control access
- Fighting ridiculous standardized testing and rating teachers, of all absurdities, accordingly
- Fighting the deportation of Hispanics who grew up in this land
- Fighting NAFTA and now TPP and TIPP
- Fighting the attacks on unions and the closing of public facilities and resources (Scott Walker's game)
- Fighting to get Big Money out of elections
- Fighting Big Oil to make sure that conversions to wiser fuel sources get underway
- Fighting Monsanto and the gen tech companies tainting the public's food supplies--without any warning labels
- Fighting Fracking and oil train spills, etc.
- Raising $ for one calamity (this week it's the quake in Nepal) after another
- Fighting against the odious trade treaties that have decimated U.S. industries and knee-capped Labor and Unions
People DO get tired when forced to fight the same battles they already won. There is exhaustion and a sense that our nation's power structure is inured to citizen unrest.
My point is that there are SO many battles going on and so much citizen opposition--mostly balkanized since a number of issues hit home and take direct aim at specific demographics--that it may not all show up in ONE (say, anti-war) venue.
Besides, the 911 counter-intelligence agenda so profoundly tied militarism to shows of patriotism that it became taboo to question state policy out loud. So few in media did so...
Nor do we have TV shows or radio hosts featuring anti-war voices, songs, or debates.
Add in the fact that so many are also struggling financially with Temp Jobs and wages that have not kept up with cost of living increases (and thus fear rocking the boat and losing what little security they have) and a different picture emerges than that which was the case in the l970s.