Apparently the latest justification coming down the pipe
for the Duncecap Riverdance going on up in Seattle is that
it "causes serious problems for the WTO," so therefore
anything goes. Right. I bet the WTO is issuing collective
heaving sobs right at this minute, tossing and turning in
their hotel linens and unable to sleep a wink because all
those northwest guttersnipe kids are being sooooo mean to
This "big numbers" equals "big results" concept is demonstrably flawed logic.
In the early 90s I wandered around San Francisco's Civic Center on a day when
half a million freaks (about half of them on stilts) showed up to protest the
then-imminent ground attack phase of the Gulf War. Cars got tossed, several
buildings were set on fire, kids were clubbed and maced on Market Street and
dragged screaming, by the hair, into paddy wagons; meanwhile a block over, a
lone cop was cornered and beaten to a pulp by a peaceful mob. I watched a
20-man riot squad in full regalia run straight at me, brandishing clubs, then
straight past me to knock down suburban teens in from CoCo County. Then 30 or
40,000 or so people marched right up Market Street and tried to cross the Bay
Bridge on foot. It took days to sort out the mess.
The war went on as scheduled.
The difference in 1990 being, of course, that those protesters by the bulk had
some vague idea of what they were protesting against. It was that war thing.
What's the big issue today with the WTO, Karnage Kiddies? Who the fuck knows,
let alone cares, at this point? You might as well shout "No More Knees" at the
WTO for all they can parse of it. Let's try to summarize some of the slogans
spotted by CNN in the last 24 hours:
- "WTO Violates Women of Color"
- "Sweatshops are Slavery"
- "In Solidarity With the Zapatistas"
- "Wal-Mart Globalizes Poverty"
- "Free Mumia Now"
- "Off the Pigs"
- "Without Jesus, Sin is Heavy"
- "WTO Kills Butterflies"
Also, it's trees and shit, according to some college chicks who are interested
in becoming Wiccan. Some blame Pearl Jam, while others point an accusatory
finger at Jim "Ernest" Varney. Anything goes in Seattle.
Getting the message loud and clear, WTO?
We're Americans, and we're dumbshits. And we have signs that prove it.