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    TracieLynn, Valtin, greenearth

    lately from commenters and bloggers that the era of effective street protests may be over with the decline of major networks and the ability to distribute information broadly to the public who are far too busy paying attention to niche channels and living niche lifestyles to be tuned into a notion of national community as has existed during the heyday of radio and national tv networks.

    This is an important consideration.

    If an analysis like this is true, than protests are no longer about demonstrating solidarity with people who  have the power to work within the system.  Or are they about demonstrating a symbolic united front so that those opposed are inclined to pay attention

    We may be entering an era where mass demonstration involves actual action.

    And that is frightening.

    Question authoritarianism

    by m00nchild on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 06:48:49 PM PDT

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    •  Right now, they're about this (2+ / 0-)
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      ...they [are] about demonstrating a symbolic united front so that those opposed are inclined to pay attention

      People in the street DO draw notice. After that, you start linking up, if necessary, social power with mass mobilization, e.g., strikes or work slowdowns.

      Social power ultimately means you have to be willing to use it. That's especially true politically. That's why the Democrats must use all the power at their means, or see themselves reduced to a rump political entity.

      Never In Our Names

      "The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

      by Valtin on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 06:53:06 PM PDT

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      •  Take A Stand For Liberty (3+ / 0-)
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        We should be approaching large organizations like MoveOn to organize simultaneous weekly gatherings across the nation to take a stand for liberty.

        They should be every weekend at designated locations and times where people gather in front of public offices and stand in unison for a designated length of time before dispersing.

        They ought to be quiet, nonviolent largescale demonstrations of opposition to the administration.  Imagine a silent demonstration.  Can you imagine the sound of silence when you have 1,000-500,000 people gathered for an hour?

        That would turn a few heads.

        They should be repeated until a certain trigger (Bush backs down, Bush is impeached, whatever is the designated goal of the synchronised rallies).  And they should be repeated so that people know they are happening regularly and not involve anyone's time so much that they wouldn't want to take an hour out to show up and be counted among those standing for liberty.

        If this is happening often, and in a widespread fashion, the novelty of completely silent mass demonstration (not even talking to reporters -- just showing them signs) will be picked up by the media.

        "Take A Stand for Liberty"

        Question authoritarianism

        by m00nchild on Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 07:03:05 PM PDT

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