Let’s just call this person the Crappy Activist, since the actual blog title does not conform to Craft Blog standards:
After the election, I had hoped that activists would finally realize the failure of many of their current tactics and do some soul searching to figure out how to become more effective in the future. Instead, I’ve seen the opposite: a sharp uptick in pointless and usually unjustified name calling, an almost complete avoidance of any personal responsibility, and a dreary, dismal humorlessness.
Based on my observations, I’m sad to report that most (though not all!) activism in the U.S. has devolved into little more than feel-good symbolic rallies, ineffective online petitions, and endless social media blathering whose purpose almost seems to be to avoid taking the very actions that could result in a win. I hate to say it, but my honest belief is that the single greatest threat to activism is activists themselves.
Amen. I think the activists of today are mostly activist role playing. They are like historical re-creators, reliving some long-lost conflict by dressing up and shouting “power to the people.”
They are as effective as Renaissance Faire actors.
Having been denied the opportunity to protest Vietnam, or even the Bush wars [they were too young] and having been told not to protest the drone strikes by Obama, they jumped into BLM and Occupy Wall Street with glee. Raising awareness became more important than accomplishing something. Enforcing conformity of speech and thought became even more important.
Did all this lose the election for Hillary? I dunno. I think letting those guys die in Benghazi mattered. I think promising to continue or accelerate the Obama policies mattered. Eight years of being told the economy was improving, while middle-aged former middle managers retired or went to work at Burger King, that mattered. Being Hillary mattered.
Oh hell. That last one mattered a lot.