G20

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on June 22, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

The G20 bullshit is nearly here. I work within the security zone, so I’ve had riot cops outside of my workplace since yesterday. Every time I come or go, I have to walk by a bunch of police officers carrying helmets and plastic handcuffs and guns and batons. It’s kind of terrifying. Our bicycle parking is slowly being removed, and will all be gone by tomorrow. I ride my bike to work everyday, and do not take the TTC, so tomorrow I’m going to have to park my bike in the building. Basically, everything is going to be a huge pain in the ass, all so that Stephen Harper can look like a big man on the world stage.
Anti-globalization protests used to be my bread-and-butter, but I’ve had no real interest in protesting the G20. I’m not opposed to international or even free trade per se, and I find that a lot of the protest issues kind of conflict with one another. Back in 1999, the whole Teamsters-Turtles coalition, where labour and environmental activists were working together despite the perceived conflicts of interest between the two groups, was touted as some great sign of things to come. For me, the contradictions haven’t really gone away.
I don’t really believe that mass protests at international summits make any difference. This stuff has already been worked out in advance, and the meetings aren’t really anything more than an expensive photo op. Protesting at them just seems like a colossal waste of time and energy. It would be much more useful, I think, to focus that energy on coming up with actual alternatives, like non-hierarchical organizations, free software, or whatever else could help make the world a better place to live.
But all this security stuff has gotten me pretty angry, so I guess we’ll see.

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on June 9, 2010 @ 8:18 am



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