Apart from being a right (and sometimes a duty), protesting is also fun. It’s a celebration of people from different walks of life coming together for a common cause.
Behind preservation laws lies a broader cultural fact: the collective belief that some works of historical and artistic value are inalienable and that their true value is over and above any exchange value they may acquire on markets.
‘Environmentalism’ is about our wellbeing and living well together. Hence, rather than some abstract moral obligation that only ‘the better’ of us are able to uphold, environmentalism is about recognizing our common interests and acting upon them.
Tenderness is a protest campaign against institutionalised amnesia.
Meritocracy tends to whitewash injustice, promote inequality, and make victims appear as undeserving and, therefore, guilty of their wretched situation.
The inability, even by the propertied class, to voice a strong and unified message in defense of their rights, reveals a disconcerting element of submission and lethargy at a popular level.
The far-right may be gaining ground, but they do not yet represent public opinion, neither is their ascendancy inevitable.