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I do think, however, that the people who need to hear what's being said here the most will never make it behind the gates of this venue. And I believe the front that ESF puts up is a bit too radical to attract the common folk. The people that stream down the old runway into the E and S and F halls have the word "anarchy" written all over them. Dreadlocks, scarves, rainbow belts, holey jeans, long beards, chicken-foot pins, you name it. Surely these people already know about Bush's crimes, about the fact Coca Cola is evil, about recycling, peak oil. I am afraid that those that don't are still outside.

This turning-into-closed-subculture aspect of many events spawned by the altermondialist movement bothers me, too. On the other hand, I thought the ESF is less about spreading the message to the people, but more about creating connections and feedback between activists. The exchanged cell phone numbers of say an Italian trade unionist and a Czech Green might count much more than any talks they listened to.

So, I'd like to ask: have you observed the 'mingling of the people', or do they break up?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 5th, 2006 at 02:21:01 PM EST

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