Protest Is Dead. Long Live Protest. (Cover Story) Joseph Hart – Utne .com
The problem is that American peace activists have been marching down the same cul-de-sac for more than four decades, a tactic that, during one of the nation’s most tumultuous periods, is proving to be a dramatic failure. A generation of rabble-rousers, schooled in 1960s-style dissent, have adopted nonviolent civil disobedience not only as a default tactic, but in later years as a profession, a lifestyle, and, most disappointingly, an end in itself.
“A street demonstration is only one form of protest,” says Jack DuVall, president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, “and protest is only one tactic that can be used in a campaign. If it’s not a part of a dedicated strategy to change policy, or to change power, protest is only a form of political exhibitionism.”