The G20 Hypothesis

It’s Monday. Planning for the week. First fix. I am preparing for times to come.
The G20 keeps filtering through. I’m deciding if I should cover it, and if so, how? There are many angles, all of them beget a sort of casual cynicism that is unworthy of my time, let alone yours. But it’s history, however regular these fiascos have become.
My issue is simple: I do not like protestors. I do not like them because they are simplifiers. I have known dozens over the years. Anyone who says they’ve known hundreds is either lying or a professional organizer. It’s simple math.
So lets work from that, the human factor. I don’t much like bankers either, but the fact remains that I can’t vilify the group when their opposition wants to exercise a similar level of control. They just don’t know it yet. They don’t have the power to make the decisions. They don’t have the influence. Were they to do it, do we really think their rule would be much better?
This has been tried before. Paris Commune. Soviet Union. The American Revolution. Tiananmen Square. The rule is always to push away the bad guys who made the bad decisions.
It’s not an accident the public motto is: here comes the new boss, same as the old boss. People see it as the boss in either case and they’re basically correct. The names change. The rules are defined by human nature.
So let’s start this journalism with a bit of philosophy. The rules are based in human nature, which built off of human tendencies. We are a primate derivative. That is our unifying factor. If we have any common cultural ground, it is the angry ape. As such, we can make certain abstractions based off of human beings in large groups.
This is where the number of protestors whom actually know each other becomes relevant. Pay attention.
We know that there is miscommunication between all parties encompassed in a larger group. The G20 is full of men who are going to assume their cohorts are lying assholes. Protestors are going to assume this, or more likely that their fellows are in it for the same reasons they are. They are both fo their parts, for the most part, correct.
But where does this leave us?
Cynics and idealists. The problem is that cynics are usually idealists who’ve had to see the price of their designs. Own a business and then tell me about customers and how they are. Make a plan that has a goal and then measure what you get versus what you want. In that disappointment grows the cynicism, but it’s that disappointment that we find our cohorts. Why does the plan fail? Because a big group is little groups, ultimately individuals who are not on the same side but for an opinion, and opinions change.
To wit: why does the G20 ignore the protestors? Because they contribute nothing but a dim reminder of lost innocence.
That’s my interpretation. I could be wrong, but it’s unlikely.
Conversely, why do we pay attention to the protestors in Iran? Because they have a cohesive goal and are looking to push it as far as they have to. They have been fucked and they’re not standing still for it. American protestors are merely complaining.
The difference is based in a hypothetical: were the Iranian protestors successful and their cause won, they would have a president that was allegedly prevented from running an a fair election placed in power, or at least given a fair election.
Now, what can G20 protest accomplish? The bankers of the G20 open the doors. Obama greets the leaders. They discuss politics? They discuss economics? Or do the political leaders of the protest throw pamphlets and slogans and other detritus of punk rock at the leaders of the world? Do they demand this be done and that be done? Or do they present a plan of action?
When Tent State University erupted at Rutgers a few years ago, it was centered on the hand that feeds: college students were protesting cuts to state education. The response from Jim Florio (himself a model of moral turpitude, mind you) was: present an alternative plan.
Do they have a plan? Lets find out.
This will be our focus. Lets see if the opposition has one.


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