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How To Break Rules In 2017 (Gonzo Notes 03)

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Here in Austin, Texas, activists love to hold rallies at the state capitol building.

It’s a magnificent edifice of pink granite and the symbolic center of our state, so I can understand the impulse. Yet the grounds are so massive that all but the biggest crowds become visually lost among the monuments, and for about 18 months out of every 24 the building is empty (“a big pink tourist trap”).

I’m tired of attending protests outside an empty building. The bigger issue is that strongly worded speeches alone won’t solve the immense problems we face. Neither will petitions or angry letters.

This doesn’t mean we throw out all the old methods. Instead, if we really want to disrupt this ongoing, dangerous political coup, we need to find new tools and more creative ways to use them.

Can you shut down an intersection and hold your speak-out there? A bull-horn or even the people’s microphone can substitute for a proper sound system. You’ll probably have to shorten your speeches, but they might inspire listeners more.

As for letters and petitions, maybe we should start delivering copies directly to our politicians’ offices and homes.

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Gonzo Notes 03: How to break the rules in 2017

Here in Austin, Texas, activists love to hold rallies at the state capitol building. It’s a magnificent edifice of pink granite and the symbolic center of our state, so I can understand the impulse.

 

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