The Puppetry Will be Relentless


Activists gearing up for the Democratic Convention in Denver next month have decided that instead of dealing in anger and violence, they’ll be taking a more playful approach to changing the world:

Suddenly, the usual sweaty marches, propelled by raised fists and red-faced shouts, seem so very old school. The new mantras: Have fun! Hang loose! Activists are bringing in puppets, kites, pom-poms, a 21-foot-tall blow-up Statue of Liberty. They plan pot-and-pan percussion bands, clown shows and rolling dance parties with deejays on bikes. The most militant group, Recreate 68, has dropped its original logo — a clenched fist — in favor of a groovy Volkswagen bus.

Not for the first time, I’m reminded of Naomi Klein’s argument at the end of No Logo — that the best part of the antiglobalisation protests were the street parties that went on all night.


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The Puppetry Will be Relentless

  1. Not for the first time, I’m reminded of Naomi Klein’s argument at the end of No Logo —

    Yeah, I read that in Rebel Sell and many, many, many times since.

    I’d recommend adding a “rolleyes” and a “pfft..as IF” for some added texture.

  2. I will interested to see how this works. I find left-wing activists to be far too earnest in their hatred of everything that’s good in the world.

  3. Cue Corn Cob Bob Main St, stage left

  4. I have always wondered who the audience was for these displays. Who is it they are trying to convince, and of what?
    The giant Dubya papier-mache heads, the anti-globalization Punch-and-Judy shows and the painted faces are unlikely to convince anyone who is not already convinced.
    I don’t get it.


  5. Guy Debord has so much to answer for, don’t you think?

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