Verv wrote:I think one of the main issues is something that has been true for decades...
Most people are not actually that interested in participating in democracy. When they do participate, it is for these fleeting moments, and their concerns are very practical.
"It's the economy, stupid!" is a poignant phrase because of this.
This motto could otherwise be referred to as bread and circuses, stupid!
Whether it is a leftist cause celebre, or a right wing story arc on virtue and patriotism, people tend to not be interested until it is visceral and they're forced to respond, and 9 times out of 10 intellectuals are dissatisfied with the simplicity of the answer that is given by them, and instead find a reason to appoint themselves demagogue.
It's a rough deal for us smartie folks because nobody cares & it's all a waste of time.
I wanted to quote this in part in full because it is rare for me to be able to go so go so many lines without disagreeing with a single word. What you have said here is the plain truth, the trouble is that so much political discourse seems to be assuming we are living in a very different world to the one we actually are.
And that is why this talk of people not paying attention to our protests is ultimately fruitless.
Well an awful lot of politics is forcing people who are not interested in our pet issues to be interested in them. For example Osama Bin Laden didn't think American troops should be in Saudi Arabia. He tried to get the American people and their government to pay attention with the African Embassies, the US Cole and other protests. With 9/11 he really forced the American people to pay attention, and all though things didn't work out quite the way he wanted he did get the troops out of Saudi Arabia.