My (brief) life as a labor activist.
Today, I’ll admit I have no idea what an effective form of protest looks like, but getting together as a group with signs and props feels archaic and useless, almost as if it was invented by those who want any dissent to be easily dismissed.
Marching and chanting have lost the power to move the needle. There are exceptions of course, but I contend that protest has an ever diminishing power to move us. With a few caveats (border policy on children for example) It’s hard to point to any policy changes that are a direct result of a protest movement in the last 5 years, in spite of record setting rallies and marches.
My friend Eric has a one-man ambient/drone/shoegaze act, thisquietarmy (I may have mentioned this before). He’s currently in Brazil, and recently toured Turkey. The other day he uploaded this video, World Protest, and dedicated it to Turkey and Brazil, and the rest of the world: I can imagine that the recent protests have affected him more…
…to fight Jihadist terrorism. Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with Islamic terrorism, or radical Islam’s unique penchant for terrorism (it’s not easy to tell the two apart anymore), continues