“Why are 30,000 people ready to do that?” SHAUN WALKER
The panel moved onto discuss the power of satire and whether it’s still an effective strategy. The Georgian panelists said satire plays a role, while Peter called it a “20th-century strategy”.
“Being satirical is a mode [today’s authoritarian leaders] are very comfortable with,” he said. “I don’t think satire works against these kinds of nihilists.”
So, what form of protest is effective? After all, one audience member said, “governments are learning they can just ignore [protesters].”
Peter said he believes that protests need long-term strategy and planning. In the age of social media, protests start and end too quickly. They need strategy to match the outpouring of emotion.
Finally, one audience member challenged the glorification of protest.
“Should we still be that enthusiastic about the concept of protests?” he asked, “Or should we worry because protest can deliver fascism and…more authoritarian governments?”
People clapped. Peter echoed the questioner’s concerns. He said that hard-right radicals are using resources like protest guides by Srjda Popovic, a progressive activist.
“The greatest revolutionary guidebook is by Lenin, and he was a dickhead,” Peter added.
By Eduard Saakashvili