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08 August 2004

Dancing in the Streets

I can really get on board John Perry Barlow's prescription for an Emma Goldman-style revolution. Summer's here and the time is right for dancin' in the streets. And why not make it the streets of NYC, or your own hometown, during a certain political convention? Emma would have been proud.
But on a more serious note, there is an important strategical point in Barlow's suggestion. As he says in the article, discussing possible protest scenarios for the Republican convention:
"If the protests in New York should turn even a little violent, it will be to Bush's benefit. This is so much the case that I rather expect to see undercover agents provocateurs scattered among the ragtag disaffected who will shortly descend on Manhattan. And the NYPD, while generally my favorite police force on the planet, can get themselves in a froth when they feel spooked. One thrown bottle could result in days of riveting television, during which Bush would have plenty of opportunity to pretend, convincingly to some, that he was Gary Cooper."
On a vaguely related note, I was Googling around looking for interesting things about the Republican convention, and I hit serendipitously on this extremely funny parody at Dissident Voice. Here is a tasty excerpt:

"August 30
"6 p.m. -- OPENING PRAYER read by Mel Gibson, while being flogged with a spiked leather strap wielded by Ann Coulter, who will enjoy it a little too much.
"* TOM RIDGE raises National Alert Level from beige to ecru.
"* ANTONIN SCALIA speaks -- "SLAVERY: THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF OUR FOREFATHERS, AND GREAT FOR BUSINESS!" (Sponsored by Wal-Mart)
"* DICK CHENEY hosts AMBASSADORSHIP RAFFLE - Opening Bid $1,000,000 (cash, non-sequential bills, 20s or less)
"* CLIMAX OF THE EVENING -- FILM - "BRING IT ON!" Stirring fictionalized re-creation of Mr. Bush's actual dental appointment in Alabama in 1972, where he showed the incredible courage to allow "deep cleaning" of gums without anesthetic. (Sponsored by Sinclair Broadcasting)
"* SUGGESTED AFTER-EVENT -- "GET BAKED WITH RUSH "Crankster" LIMBAUGH! (Location TBD) (Sponsored by Pfizer)"

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