Protests in rich Western countries are small because most people know it hardly helps. The wars in the Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Palestine etc. just continue. The victims and killers all belong to the 99%. The 1% continue to earn money without being involved in the fights. In secret back rooms they arrange fightings between parts of the 99%.
Even when the 1% hear about protests, they do not listen because they have a higher goal: more money! Why should they listen when actions have no influence on their private privileged life? Why should they listen to people they hardly know and consider to be inferior?
All protests take place in town centres in front of buildings where only some 1% may be working. But only the 99% are damaged by the actions. In our countries it means arrests, injuries and lower income, in war countries it means death of many and the destruction of living places of the 99%. In wars only the 99% die, the 1% wait undisturbed elsewhere till the war is over and then return to again amass money and power. What happens to the 99% is unimportant, their own life stands central.
The 99% want change but as long as there are no effective actions agaaisndt the 1% that give some change they will not participate. Even when they know that what happens is faulty they continue to support political leaders. They do not see an alternative because in the last fifty years of action they have not seen any real change. Why should they participate?
When again an unarmed black is shot down by the American police the only action is a small protest. Did past protests help? No, killing of unarmed blacks continues. Why should you participate in protests when it does not help? That can be said of all protests, they hurt the protesters and do not pressure the leaders, the 1%.
We need a new kind of actions that influence the private life of the 1%. Politicians have often learned to cope with some pressure, the 1% live in a different world where they are not influenced at all by what the 99% do.
We need change! Pressuring actions against the 1%.
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Joost van Steenis