Andrey (azangru) wrote,

A Twitter feed that helped me better understand the terms.

When I hear the phrase "nonviolent protest", I usually picture a handful of people with signs standing on a sidewalk. Truly peaceful.

When a group of people starts making a nuisance of themselves, such as blocking traffic, gluing themselves to trains, or even spray-painting graffiti over walls, I start having a cognitive dissonance, because this is not how the concept works in my head.

But, according to this twitter thread, when they say "nonviolent protest", what they mean, first and foremost, is making a nuisance of themselves and disrupting the normal flow of daily life:

It’s especially interesting, because I've heard different politicians over the last week say: "We want you to protest (but do so peacefully)". Do they, really? Do they speak the same language as the protesters?

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    A beautiful cartoon on the front page of The Week:

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    This is just as bad as a brief exchange with a belligerent guest on a regular news show: Six minutes! Six minutes, during which Rand Paul is…

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    The war on repetitions:

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