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Mascots, justice, and the role of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen

Warning: Spoilers Abound…. Alyssa Rosenberg has a really terrific post on Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen (the heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy) and how they both function as mascots rather than movement leaders in their respective violent worlds. In Harry’s case this is fairly benevolent for the most part. Katniss, on the other hand,…

Creating Apathy by Fighting Apathy

Scott (and, by implication, Freddie) has put together a challenging retort to my arguments that most large-scale political protests are inevitably undermined by the unpreventable introduction of irrelevant issues into the protest and are thus exercises in futility.   At the risk of beating a dead horse, Scott’s riposte really deserves a full response.  Scott essentially concedes…