Here’s a thought, in relation to Naomi Wolf’s well-meaning, though rather dated references to what she believes is a more effective version of Activism, and why it doesn’t work any more. Or what she sees as the solution to the systematic efforts (or a powerful class) to dismantle “protests” with death by a thousand cuts, or “over-permitisisation” as she says.

Could we consider her opinion that “mass protest always works” only being true so long as there is coverage (ie awareness) of such events…not by the “stopping of traffic” as she asserts?

IMO: Stopping traffic is just a by-product of enough people moving about ( a critical-mass of movement?) that they spill over into the streets…Not something that should result from a simplistic objective to “stop traffic.”

Relying on such disruption tactics to raise awareness for a message (often just seen and vilified as civil disobedience, by those who you might want to reach the most), seems to indicate that a message isn’t actually strong enough to rise above the background noise and proliferate via existing (non-mainstream) social channels, without the use of added chicanery and mischief.

Disruption is most certainly an outdated 60’s-era tactic; designed to simply gain mainstream media (MSM) coverage!

Thus I seriously question it’s true worth in today’s neutered MSM landscape…Where most are only being presented with a crafted/edited view of social unrest to begin with. Especially evident in views of foreign activism, in societies that are being manipulated by our own western power structures.

In short, I’d suspect that simply causing traffic jams and also heightening personal anxiety of those non-affiliates that are being ensnared in the results, for the sake of media coverage (or at least the self-gratification of the marchers perhaps?) is counter-productive to fostering goodwill, sympathy and awareness for a cause…Which after all, should be the actual objective. No?

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“Demonstrating and clamouring?”

Really?

That’s what pushes change?
I thought that legislation was how lasting political change was enacted…not media stunts.

At one time, new awareness could be generated in the general population by staging a media events (and local representatives would capitulate to public sentiment in order to preserve their political hides)…but now the messages are all too fractured and confused to make any widescale impact on the electorate – that might not even might trickle down to produce an effect on (whatever you want to call) the modern democratic process.

Trying to synch-up on all the different political ideologies is a fools game, that perpetuates the status quo.

Forget trying to win the battle against oppression and tyranny via the voting booths in a rigged game…I say the only real tool the electorate has, to apply pressure/change, is with with a strategy based on structuring our collective spending patterns.

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Find a good tactical target and bring it to it’s knees by cutting off it’s cash flow. THAT would require true mass demonstration and organizational skills….Not just the placebo effects of marching around repeating tired slogans, and mouthing off for the occasional, short-lived media sound-bites.