“A protest has value when a cause has value”
It’s the season for protests again. How do we know? Why, the elite got election results they didn’t like. So now it’s time to get out into the streets, smash things, burn cars and destroy peoples property. Yeah, that’ll work, if anything makes the population change their mind and do what you want it’s destruction. Ask Martin Luther King Jr. because that’s how he changed the world.. oh wait, that’s the tactic used by fascists and others who want to force you to buy their ideology. Men of substance like King, used unrelenting logic and arguments firmly grounded in Natural Law and an appeal to conscience and righteousness. When King and his colleagues protested, they actually had a cause to protest about. Their cause was just and recognised as such by the people of his nation and the world. The protests had value because the cause had value.
Enter the ‘protesters’ of the western world. The latest was in Australia on Australia Day, where we celebrate the birth of the nation remembering the arrival of the First Fleet. They were protesting….. against what exactly? They all have the same democratic rights as everyone else, the same opportunities limited only by qualification, talent and ambition. All of them can access all the same benefits and have equal enfranchisement, so what exactly is the beef? Simple, the ‘reasoning’ goes like this,
‘I don’t like the way things are being run around here and don’t want to put in the long term effort of persuading the public to my way of thinking. Also I can’t be bothered with elections, parliaments, legislation, democratic mandates, etc. So the easy way is to make a noise, burn stuff, block traffic and rely on the sympathetic media to give me a hearing that’s totally out of proportion to the meaningfulness of my protest.’
Maybe that’s not the exact reasoning that goes through their minds, in fact I’m sure that it’s far more high brow and self righteous. However when it’s all boiled down this is what’s happening.
Before that we had the Women’s March protesting against……. what? Yet again a cohesive cause is missing. Out of all the reasons given none matched the public displays. In fact the only reason that actually made sense was the one that none were willing to admit, we didn’t get the result we wanted. And this is the real crux of the matter, ‘democracy is all good as long as it’s going my way’.
As time goes by frequent protests tend to become blended in the general consciousness with the distinction between them being lost. The 99% of the population that never protest anything may pay attention when a new event comes along after a hiatus, but frequency diminishes impact. Why? Because it ends up becoming commonplace and one begins to look like another and another and another…. you get the idea.
Marketing people deal with this and call it Brand Recognition which is the degree your brand is recognised in the market. This is the essential element that’s now lost in the protest marketplace. Less people are noticing and less people care with every repetition, slogan, scream and burning symbol.
“Coming to a street near you”
So what do you do when no one recognises your brand? When it has no standout? When no one’s listening anymore?
Simple, you escalate.
Enter the Berkeley riots on February 1 – 2017, when Antifa rioters attacked people exercising their human rights to free speech and association. This is a right innate to humans when born and it is the Government’s job in every nation to guarantee this right. Of course most governments don’t do this or allow it to be restricted in ways they deem to be out of favour. However of all the global lights where this right is enforced, there is one light among all the peoples of the world where this shines greater than all others, the United States of America. To quote,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…..”
If you can’t get cut through with your regular protests because no one’s listening anymore, what do you do? If you can’t make laws prohibiting free speech and you want to stop it, what are your options?
Firstly you try to get the people to censure themselves. You do this by marginalising and isolating them through the use of verbal violence and intimidation combined with insults and slander. If successful, they will obey the implied will and be silent. If this fails you escalate to phase two where you allow lawless thugs to steal, destroy and attack those who want to exercise those free speech rights. Berkeley is only the beginning of this escalation. There is an increasing move among the left to use the tried and true tactic of violence when they don’t get their way. If you’re fortunate enough to get a replication of the Trump Revolution in your country watch out, because if there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the last three months it’s that the left will not give up
easily, ever. They hide their true intentions behind a veil of democratic platitudes but their nature is laid bare when they lose the precious levers of power. To rephrase the fictional Kyle Reese:
“Listen, and understand! The left is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop… ever, until you are dead!”
These protesters believe in their heart of hearts that they have a divine right, no, a divine imperative to impose their will on you. So if you’re looking for an election saviour to come to power and right the wrongs and impositions of the left, I’ve got bad news for you. We’re in for a long haul and a whole heap of insanity.
Note on the Free Speech Movement
The Free Speech Movement in the US wasn’t started in Berkeley. That was started in 1787 when people who had paid a real price wrote the US Constitution with the incredible words quoted above. They dearly valued that right, so do I and so should you.