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  •  I know you weren't asking me, but Leevank (0+ / 0-)

    It's only unfortunate, in my mind, because the media loves to put only fringe protester images up for public consumption, which scares the bejeesus out of average Joes and Janes and discourages them for joining future protests.

    When they do stuff like try to break through a police line on the Capitol steps and spraypaint protest slogans (it's called "vandalism") it gives us all a bad name.

    Plus, vinegar reeks.  ;-)

    •  But is that true? (1+ / 0-)
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      The media does love to use pictures of fringe protestors.  But does that really scare away "average Janes and Joes"?  It looked to me like there were at least hundred thousand "average Janes and Joes" on the mall on Saturday.  I don't think Americans are so politically unsophisticated that they will run away from a protest if they see someone dressed in black, or someone wearing a "Free Palestine" T-shirt.  

      This also brings up the question of what's effective.  Do you think that marches like Saturdays are really going to convince congress to cut off funding?  I personally think that we need to complement mass marches like Saturday's with more militant actions.  

      And in terms of the media spin: The corporate media portrayed the Seattle WTO protests as the work of wild eyed and violent radicals.  Despite that portrayal, that protest has been the most effective mass action that we've had in at least 15 years.  The WTO is dead and the IMF and World Bank are in retreat, meanwhile several anti free trade Democrats were just elected to congress.

      You can't fool all the people all of the time, but if you fool the right ones the rest will fall in line.

      by ElMateo on Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 10:55:50 AM PST

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      •  I say this from my own perspective (1+ / 0-)
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        But, now that I'm in my 40s and have kids, that kind of violent and provocative anarchy/chaos scares the bejeesus out of ME.  And I like to consider myself enlightened, open-minded and a bit of a libertine.

        Yes, this is a serious issue - as serious as it gets, but we can do a lot for ourselves with non-violent, massive protests, a la MLK's civil rights rally on the Mall.

        •  We sure could do a lot emulating MLK (2+ / 0-)
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          But I sincerely hope that we don't only pick up on part of MLKs message.  He certainly showed how much could be accomplished with principled non-violence.  I fear that  today, many people have confused non-violence with non-confrontation.  Remember that beyond the large rallies on the mall, MLK led sit ins and other civil disobedience that while non-violent (excluding the cops of course), were very confrontational.    I agree that non-violence is the way to go but we should not forget how important it is to confront the powers that be.  

          You can't fool all the people all of the time, but if you fool the right ones the rest will fall in line.

          by ElMateo on Mon Jan 29, 2007 at 11:34:32 AM PST

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