by John Hawkins | November 18, 2008 11:59 am
The G-8 protests are always particularly large and particularly pointless — even for left-wing protests. However, I think this was so noteworthy in it’s lunacy that it deserved a special mention,
The protesters, dressed as clowns and wielding blow-up dolphins, today “declared victory” against…well, who knows. The “movement” might be back on its feet, but it’s still suffering a coherence deficit. In 1999, Wall Street Journal reporter Helene Cooper hit the streets of Seattle in an attempt to find the unifying theme amongst the anti-globalists; she found a burning desire for social change, though most were unsure of it’s relationship to the WTO:
One day into the Woodstock of anti-globalization, Debbie Carlson, a bandanna-wearing member of a lesbian-activist group, can’t get beyond a few sound bites to explain why she is out in the streets with thousands of other free-trade foes who are opposed to the World Trade Organization. “It’s a general question of oppression,” she says. But when asked, Ms. Carlson couldn’t be more specific. Instead, she says: “The WTO doesn’t care about women’s rights.
PS: I wonder if there are any future Obama staffers pictured above? If there were, would anybody be surprised?
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