It strikes me as increasingly incredible that when the G20 or the WTO get together, they need to barricade themselves behind hundreds of riot police, chemical weapons and the attempt to starve out the protesters, as in the above video. I wonder if they wonder, inside their fortress, why people outside are so restless, given the good deeds the world money ministers so generously do for us.
One thing that’s encouraging is that over the past decade since this has been going on — we are coming up on the 10th anniversary of the “Battle in Seattle” WTO protests that started off this round of history — is that protesters have figured out that the corporate system as well as the government needs to be a target. For many years writers and thinkers on the left side of the bird were saying: this isn’t just about the government; it’s about the multinationals and their partnerships with the government.
This message has finally come through and now it’s getting out to the public.