Thanks to Timothy Bowser for passing this URL along on the IFFS list;
it's Paul Hawken's view of what really happened in Seattle. It's too
long to post here.
I think Hawken's onto something important. The mass media covered
this story as though there were riots going on, that had been started
by "anarchists," but then got out of control. Each time I saw
coverage (I was in Madison at the time), that was the story line.
It's a lot harder to grapple with social forces, or changes, or
events, that have no clear narrative structure, no "Great Man"
unitary leader, when we are used to story lines that rely on that.
Lacking that story line--as people's movements generally do--those
who tell the stories will generally invent it. Sometimes that's
OK--think of the cases of Archbishop Romero in El Salvador, for
instance. But sometimes it leads to a complete misrepresentation of
what is actually happening. I compare the stories I've heard from
people who were in Seattle in December, as part of the protests, with
those I've read or heard in the media. Boy, the differences are big.
Anyway, thanks to Paul Hawken, and to Ronnie, Ben, and the other
folks at OCA/Pure Food for soliciting/posting it.
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