“The people in positions of power – politicians, billionaires, corporations, whatever – are perfectly happy to watch you put on a big, showy demonstration or protest. That’s because they know that for young people, a big, showy demonstration is what they do INSTEAD of voting, lobbying or taking action through boring legal means.
“Texas is happening because instead of printing up signs with clever slogans, Republican voted and lobbied and donated cash. Egypt’s government didn’t fall to a bunch of chanting 20 year-olds, it fell to the guys with the tanks.
“The stuff that makes real change happen is BORING. It involves standing in line at polling places and having a bunch of people on your side go to law school. An unwillingness to do those boring things in exchange for showy, clever protests is the reason real change so rarely happens.”
Establishment bashing outsiders are attractive to frustrated voters, but real change requires dedication, patience and compromise.
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