poundoflogic: Demonstrators blocking the entrance to the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. as part of the May Day protests against the Vietnam War, 1971
what happened to us?
MTV? The internet? The constant refrain from professional pundits that “protests never solve anything.”
The US political-corporate establishment has been incredibly successful since the 1970s at fracturing, demoralizing, and demobilizing grassroots mass action, to the point that these days popular “progressives” deride the effectiveness of protest. Meanwhile, labor unions are attacked and vilified, the Tea Party is portrayed as grassroots populism (which to some extent is true but it’s only one small slice of the whole picture), and anti-war movements are completely ignored, marginalized, and steamrolled.