Figthing with the police?
The 13th Letter of an Autonomous Thinker

Amsterdam, June 21 2001

Dear reader, 

Demonstrators against globalisation have been fighting with the police in Seattle, Davos, Prague, Melbourne and elsewhere. Many were hurt and many were thrown in prison. But do demonstrations, fighting's, petitions and other actions really help to change the course of the world economy? Do they really increase the pressure on world leaders and on their servants in the international institutes and think thanks?

I don't think so. I think the tremendous effort to organise the current anti-WTO actions has hardly any positive effect. Leaders hold on to their policies that favour the rich. Still 50 million people die each year only because they can't get enough food. Still many millions of children do not get a decent education because the necessary money is diverted to the rich and mighty. As long as the elite can live safely and undisturbed nothing will change. Actions have to penetrate in the mind of the leaders. Now this does not happen.

So stop fighting with the police and change the line of action. Start to harass and disturb the private life of those people who support and maintain a policy that in the first place is meant to continue their privileged position. Maybe then they will realise that their decisions also influence the private life of common people.

Yours truly, Joost van Steenis

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