From Christopher Dickey, the author of "Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South" and "Securing the City," this site provides updates and footnotes on history, espionage, terrorism, fanaticism, policing and counterinsurgency linked to Dickey's columns for The Daily Beast and his other writings; also, occasional dialogues, diatribes, and contributions from friends.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
In These Perilous Times of Mass Protest, Can Democracy Triumph? That Goes for America, Too.
NOTE: I had to switch from Gmail to MailChimp because Google blocked the list
A moment of tranquility in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat
LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK:
Around the world we have entered a new era of mass protests that represent a huge test for nonviolent movements. In many places they have appeared successful, but in Russia and Hong Kong, I think we can expect to see increasingly violent responses by the threatened regimes.
My latest column asked a question that's been on many minds as we've watched huge and incredibly courageous demonstrations from Hong Kong to Khartoum, Algiers to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Why have we seen so few mass protests against the Trump administration, which is working relentlessly to weaken American democracy? And why did those that took place — some of the biggest in history — prove so ineffectual?
By coincidence, the day my column appeared organizers in the U.S. announced a huge #WeThePeopleMarch being planned for September 21 in D.C. But even if that is the biggest demonstration in Washington's history, it needs to be followed by more concerted and continuous action if protestors really want to try to bring Trump down, and that is a high-risk proposition.
In the meantime, I am happy to say that David Crosby, who is one of the people on this list, took a look at the related matter of Russian influence on Trump and America and explained it in terms anyone can understand: