protests

Thoreau reminds us about one of the few tools we have to control the government

Summary: Our leaders and DC courtiers tell us that our role is to obey the government. Yet our forefathers found civil disobedience an invaluable tool in their quest to build and improve America: the Boston Tea Party, abolitionists, suffragettes, Martin Luther King and the freedom riders, Now we’re urged to do otherwise by those seeking …

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Civil Disobedience by the “Occupy” Movement Is a Challenge to Our Rulers

Summary:  Expansion of the Occupy movement onto colleges might greatly expand its size, improve its appeal, and change its goals and methods.  This poses a challenge to the government, which so far has successfully contained and supressed its protests.  The heavy-handed methods used so far might fail, or even fuel the movement’s expansion. All men …

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Occupy Wall Street, another futile peasants’ protest

Summary:  We learn little about the Occupy Wall Street protests from the news media, which cover it like an alien invasion (see Glenn Greenwald’s articles at Salonhere and here for examples).   No matter, as it’s a commonplace and easily understood phenomenon.   The masses (ie, peasants, peons, whatever) grow restive in oligarchic society.  Protests are holidays in which they …

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More examples of Americans waking up – should we rejoice?

Getting what I asked for — why am I not happy about it?  A follow-up to The American public is organizing and getting involved! Are we happy now? (12 August 2009). “Something New on the Mall“, By Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books, 22 October 2009 It’s about public protests by conservatives.  Often considered unfair by liberals, …

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How to stage effective protests in the 21st century

Discussions how to reform America frequently end on one set of rocks:  the ineffectiveness of mass protests in 21st century America.  In this post Joshua Keating explains the problem (“Do protests ever work?“, blog of Foreign Policy, 2 April 2009 ): Collins names Gandhi’s march to the sea and Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington …

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