Something I realized quite a ways back is" Anarchists" are simply not very organized.
I have enjoyed covering various marches and protests and social disobedience events for a number of years now.The 80's were a cornucopia of political differences and international intrigue, Central and South America, a little thing known as the Cold War flourishing, and other events similar to today. The 90's had its share of issues. I experienced a few delights of diplomacy while I served in the Peace Corps.
These past few days, Chicago hosted the N.A.T.O. conference. This gave our city the chance to have thousands of unorganized, 'disenfranchised', "victimized" people to have a forum to express their First Amendment Rights, which besides Free Speech also seems to have morphed into the "Right" to not bathe, dress silly, throw piss on people, attempt to intimidate people.
I like to think that's a choice.
It makes for great theater.
I am proud how our city has handled this thus far. For every whack of the baton or tap of the shield there were THOUSANDS of examples of brilliiant restraint,compassion and patience.
I think well meaning messages of some protesters were lost in the absurd theater and drama, due to thier own actions or actions of the few they protested 'with'.
Many of the protesters I observed and spoke with seemed like over privileged spoiled brats and bitches. South Central Hinsdale is relatively not Watts.
These events now have become a forum for everyone to try to cram their messages into a one pound sack of crap.
N.A.T.O. Summit in town, okay... let's protest to have a moratorium against foreclosures in Cook County, brilliant. Slovkia seemed to side with Slovenia on that one.
The representative from Lithuania may have mused, read your contract and pay the mortgage, do not sign the contract if you cannot afford it nor understand it.
Going back to the Chicago W.T.O. protest, around 10 years ago, activists have been mis-manged unfocused cartoons of their agendas.
Civil disobedience is as well scripted as any major motion picture. Most people are shocked and awed by perhaps 20 seconds of intense video of violent clashes. Those montaged events require hours and hours of sheer boredom preceding them.
Today I witnessed the victory of the protesters, dozens of them, not thousands 'shutting down' , Boeing. It was a victory for the employees who enjoyed working from home and it will be there tomorrow working.
If you truly are behind your cause and beliefs ,embrace it, make a relevant point, present some facts in a civil manner, do not hide behind a bandana, that is so freakin cliche.
Get the hell out of Chicago.
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