Aug 29, 2004

Electronic Civil Disobedience... what movement are we talking about?

OK.. so these folks are doing some work in the name of solidarity with the anti-RNC work happening in NYC this week. I can dig that, but I don't know - I don't really agree with who they are donating to, especially the Sierra Club, who are just really not hip to immigrant rights issues in the United States (and while it's ok for groups to stick to their issues, it's not ok for them to start targeting specific issues that are outside of their scope based on some internal xenophobic, racist agenda.

So... I have a couple of issues there. Why are you giving to these groups when you should be giving to something more directly related to the actions in NYC like rally sponsors United for Peace and Justice, the Blue Triangle Network, A.N.S.W.E.R., or something similar?

So it seems to be somewhat misguided, once again. Or perhaps another case of doing something in the name of a group or set of groups, but really meeting the end objective of a boast-worthy direct action or civil disobedience that can serve as a pretty feather in your cap. If you can't tell already, I have mixed feelings about unguided acts of chaos, disorder, or shuffling the status quo. Though anarchy has its merits to bring us some kind of new order after being stuck in a rut for too long (let's face it, we all get a little too comfortable), it also can get to the point where the end goal is ultimately just chaos, and that may be ok for folks who want to think of nothing else in the world, or have no responsibilities, but what about the rest of us?

1 comment:

burnedouteyes said...

hear what you're saying.

yeah, sometimes I think that chaotic protests, in the end, mostly serve a venting purpose, not much more.