A Positive And A Danger To Reject
I believe in direct action for every injustice there is a protest. There are very few ways to be heard above the din but getting out on the streets is one that still works.
The election of Trump seems to have reawakened the willingness of Americans to get out there and be heard.
The warning I have is don't let a political party co-opt your protest, sure they can send a delegation but it is not about them, especially when they have failed so often before to support genuine movements such as Occupy and Black Lives Matter.
Protest should be about specifics for example:
1] If it is about oil pipelines make it about that only, the effect on the people concerned and the environmental damage that affects everyone.
2] If it is about closing our borders to targetted religions and countries that is what it is about.
3] If it is about women's rights, that's what it is about and nothing else.
4] When protesting at G8 and G++ etc about inequality and poverty generated by globalisation that's what it is about, not how one party is less bad.
5] Anti-war protests are against war; independent of who is in power, a pathetic failing of the party faithful in recent years.
Where protests fail is when they become a porridge of different issues and "serious people" want to make them political manifestos along party lines. Then they start infighting about minutia and then the whole objective gets lost in political verbiage. The duopoly has the money and organisation to hold their own media shows, now with added protest zones to keep the riff-raff away.
My point is keep protests simple and on target, motivate people, not "the parties" and especially speak to people that disagree or just want the security blanket of hiding behind a Party doctrine. Party affiliation does not matter, but consistency is important. Just because your party "won" doesn't mean you can sit back on the couch, unless the issue didn't mean anything to you anyway except "your party winning" even if the issue is then ignored.
I suppose what I am trying to say about our duopoly is:
- Hold all their feet to the fire.
- Hold them all responsible.
- Issue by issue.
- Independent of Political Pretence.
- Keep them on their damn toes make them work to be re-elected.
- Don't give them your money free of charge.
- Don't vote for them if they ignore you and tell them why.
Democracy should not be just about sporadic voting, especially when your votes are taken for granted in the phoney "left v right" neo-liberal fiction that we have, make them work for you.
Write letters, make phone calls and when you receive political verbiage in reply; repeat.
A protest can make a good day out, it can be enjoyable and perhaps it could even become popular. Direct action is good for the soul.
Make the bastards work for a change.
Democracy should be messy.
Just a thought.
Good to see this