You have the right to protest

You have the right to protest, but just because you can do something does not mean it is good. Watching the street theater protest (or shall we say “cow pasture theater”) at the G-8 is not impressive. It is hard to know what they are protesting. Poverty? Globalization? Being stupid? All of these things? None of them? I always wonder how the anti-technology/anti-globalists manage to arrive at protests without using the global technologies they say they hate.

Protesting can be fun and rewarding. When I attended the University of Wisconsin many years ago, I frequented protests to pick up girls. If you talked the leftist talk (and anyone who watches television easily mouth the pabulum) there is no better venue. I usually couldn't keep up the charade more than a couple of days, but then who wants to anyway? I also recall that organizers staged protests in places where a lot of people were hanging around. Ten protestors photographed in front of 100 people at a bus stop looks like 110 protestors in the next day's newspapers. In my protesting career, I rarely knew or cared what we were protesting, except one time when the university was considering banning beer at some student events. That was something truly important. I suspect a lot of people at the protests are motivated by similarly venial considerations.

Let's not attribute too much nobility to these scruffy clowns. Although we have to credit them with nice props to attract televisions cameras, watching them actually do their thing is less inspirational than watching the Michael Jackson trial. I guess the question is if protestors assembled, and there was no media present, would they still screech?

Posted by Jack at July 6, 2005 9:28 PM