Monday, April 30, 2001

It is probably a sad truth that violence is required to lead to real social change. Why would that be? By definition, progressive social change interferes with the existing power structure. Those on top of the heap will use any means at hand to preserve the status quo. As we recently saw in Quebec, that includes all the violence that is controlled by the state. In the modern world, with information controlled by the major media (owned by the powers that be with a strong bias to the status quo), the only way to get the message out is to create a spectacle, and the only spectacle which can entice the media is to put yourself in a position to be subject to violence at the hands of the police. The police are sophisticated enough to behave themselves whan confronted by non-violent protest, and therefore non-violent protest is ignored by the media. The reporting habits of the major media have made violence necessary.