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Parent Article: Fourth Day of Protests, July 28th
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counterproductive
30 Jul 2004
I have been involved in a lot of protests, but at this point I agree with Scott. They are more about having fun with your friends while indulging your anti-authoritarian fantasies than they are about changing the world. They're rebellion MTV style. The main effect they have on the government is to force it to spend more money on police, barricades and tear gas.

Do you seriously think that it's going to change anybody's mind about the capitalist system if you go out with fifty of your scruffy friends and beat on garbage cans? At least these protests might help elect Kerry if they make folks in TV land think that there must be something good about him if the protesters against him. Unfortunately, though, the NYC protests, which will be much larger, will have the effect of creating sympathy for Bush.

You aren't going to accomplish anything as a tiny self-appointed elite vanguard subculture. A true mass movement would have to include millions of ordinary people, people with jobs and kids, people you see at family holidays, people you went to high school with. Try reaching out to some of them and asking them what they think of your activities.

You probably assume by now that I'm a police infiltrator. That would be a convenient way to ignore what I'm saying.

Peace
Andy