Saturday, August 28, 2004

To dismiss protest is to dismiss human agency

Indian-Canadian professor Ananya Mukherjee Reed of York University in Toronto explores the power of political protest:
I think it is ironic that we often have to think of the “strategic” outcomes of social protest, because it really should be a celebration of human spontaneity at its best. More importantly, it is often the only tool people have, especially when institutional options are non-existent. No substantive social change has ever come about without protest. To dismiss protest, is therefore to dismiss human agency.
Her essay provides a welcome antitode to the RNC's anti-protest, anti-democracy spin. Read her full article here.