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  •  Of course it will. (3+ / 0-)

    They'll be called all sorts of things. They need support.

    Proportionality. This isn't violence against people or even property damage of any consequence. Do we just wait until there is 100% consensus on the proper course of action and belittle everything else? The situation is extreme - past time for handwringing about perfect etiquette.

    •  'temporary vandalism' (1+ / 0-)
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      Would this be different had the students used a water-soluble paint or paint substitute, one that could be washed away easily after the protest?

      I can't condone vandalism... not yet, at least. At some point it may be necessary to yes, throw ourselves on the gears of the machine. Are we there yet? I can see how a lot of people think, yes. Me, I'm not so sure.

      I do think that protesters can stage theatrical demonstrations that drive home powerful points without causing permanent damaga to structures or businesses. In fact, that's one of the benefits of a merry prank.

      Back in high school, some people snuck onto school grounds in the middle of the night and painted the school statue (a Trojan warrior cast in iron) a bright flourescent orange. The next morning the principal was apoplectic. Police were brought in. Suspected students were brought to the administrative offices. The school buzzed.

      That afternoon, as predicted by weather forecasters, a downpour occurred. The paint washed right off, and all the "evidence" swirled down gutters and into drains.

      But the impact had already been made.

      "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -- William James

      by BobzCat on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 12:49:00 PM PDT

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