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Saturday, May 28, 2011

#G20 fallout: What @pogge411 and @canadianlefty said

Links here and here. Lefty's post is a long one, but definitely worth the time. It's all about the not-so-subtle message from last June: activism and dissent are dangerous. Stay home, shut up, and do as you're told.

In fact, it was precisely this suggestion that drew yours truly into the blogosphere in the first place. After that shameful display of shitkicking, curbstomping, kettling, gang-rape threatening, prosthetic-leg-stealing, horse-trampling, tear-gassing and rubber-bullet-shooting by the cops, it's not hard to imagine that a lot of people are going to think twice about taking to the streets.

And wouldn't that be convenient for Stephen Harper, Dalton McGuinty and their corporate string-pullers.

In fact, just this morning, yours truly almost got pulled into an exchange on the Tweeter centred on the whole "you should have stayed home" argument.

Mea culpa. There are times when facing that sort of thing is almost enough to pull me out of the snide, condescending, snarky persona I usually affect, and into stuttering, spittle-flecked rage. And that isn't helping anyone or anything. Apologies all round.

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  1. Democracy and freedom are liberal values. The others don't want it or get it. It's not worth debating them.

  2. Should have stayed home, eh?

    Can't say I'd blame you if you succumbed to the evil angels of teh spittle. It's always a little frustrating to encounter the benighted folks who think it's more important to avoid upsetting Mr.Policeman than it is to exercise the right to free speech and peaceful assembly.

    Although I wouldn't say freedom and democracy are exclusively "liberal" values, its true that those with an autocratic bent -- conservatives AND liberals -- invariably react to The Authorities with an obsequiousness usually reserved for small puppies confronted by fierce adult alpha dogs. I expect some to fall on their backs and pee themselves.