If you have ever participated in a demonstration, some friend probably belittled you saying You will never change the mind of Wall Street/The Church/The Government… What you are doing is a complete waste of time.
But that is not what you are doing. What your are doing includes:
- Showing others who think like you, that they are not alone. That empowers them.
- Making people who have never thought about the issue notice that they are with you.
- Stigmatising your opponents so that bright talented people will refuse to work for them.
- Gradually inserting ideas into the general public discussion that eventually will transform the majority and leave your opponents in a minority.
If demonstrations did not work, then why is it that progress in black rights and gay rights only came about once there were public demonstrations? Why did a hawk like Nixon wind down the Viet Nam War until the massive demonstrations?~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)