Freedom of Expression Elsewhere

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  1. JP says:

    “But can you imagine a protest by these and other elites complaining of the political power of rural and other poor people, and demanding greater representation of their own interests in government? Not in this democracy.”

    If you take out “and other poor people” this seems pretty similar to protests in the U.S. My understanding is that protesters tend to be college-age and retirees, and urban. (Depending on the cause, maybe union members as well). Not the highest on the socio-economic ladder, but certainly not rural working poor, either.

    I can’t identify all of the causes behind the protests at the RNC and DNC, but I doubt many (any?) are popular in most rural American communities.

  2. tim zick says:

    There are indeed a fair number of what might be called “elites” represented in modern-day protests. There are also protests that are dominated by the poor and marginalized — e.g., the mass immigration protests in 2006. These protests generally seek and promote greater representation for the disadvantaged — for minorities, for example, or minority views. The Thai protest, in substance, is just the opposite. The argument is that the formerly disadvantaged now have too much power. Again, that’s an argument I can’t imagine elites, or anyone else, making in the U.S. (or, for that matter, many other countries).