4 thoughts on “The fragile crowd 

  1. I’ve often thought about this in relation to the failures of social movements that I’ve been involved in: what is supposed to happen after the demonstration? I think it’s very common for social movements not to have a strategy for influencing elections. The London protest against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is an example: two million demonstrators, said at the time to be the largest protest in British history, and the government simply ignored it. Having charismatic leaders, and people who know how to organise a mass demonstration, isn’t enough to get a different sort of government elected, or even to persuade sitting MPs to vote in a particular way. So what are the strategies that actually work?

  2. Completely agree but there’s a positive counterpoint to this – how are those individuals changed by participation and how do these changes help seed figure movements?

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