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Submission + - Staging Protests in the 21st Century (google.com)

Bill Ricardi writes: "Observing recent political protests in America, my thoughts do NOT stray towards the activities of our founding fathers. I can only compare them to something that you might see in a local high school: Angry students writing a firmly worded editorial and passing out black and white fliers. It is protest of the worst kind: Low commitment activity attempting to express ideals that outreach the dedication of the participants. The media sees activity like this as weak, and even worse, amusing.

In order to evoke the spirit of activities such as The Boston Tea Party, or civil rights sit-ins, a new level of dedication must be reached. The modern protester must draw upon both their history and the power of modern media. Great leaders aren't necessary, but a unified purpose that drives people beyond normality and stagnation is required. This guide will help you to channel the energy of unrest to effect social and political change.

I'm not going to quote historical books at length, as the purpose of this article is to adapt those older concepts to today's sensibilities. If you want some scope as to the source and the impact of this theory of revolution, you should read Civil Disobedience and A People's History of the United States. These and other texts demonstrate both effective protests of the past, and both the pitfalls and the boons of attempting to effect change in a peaceful way.

Consult the main guide for full details."

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Staging Protests in the 21st Century

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