Posted 24 October 2011 - 05:58 PM
I don't think Wolf is defending getting the Brooklyn bridge shut down. When she says disruption, she doesn't mean breaking laws unless they are unjust, as they were with segregation. She means disrupting the status quo, jarring people from their usual routine to make problems visible. People on the extremes already know how to disrupt in extreme ways, regardless of the consequences. She is talking to everyone else, people who feel strongly on various issues but believe the lie that the only acceptable way to be heard is once a year, anonymously, in November. The establishment wants people to think that noisy, visible protests are a blight on our society. And they are when face mask wearing anarchists smash windows or the Westboro Baptist Church protests dead soldiers' funerals. But when everyday citizens, parents, grandparents, teachers, soldiers, sons and daughters peacefully but firmly stand up for their beliefs, rattling cages, it's a beautiful and patriotic thing. No matter what they believe. The point is Democracy requires the participation of everyone, and that means more than just voting, it means demonstrating when you're not being heard.
Edit: Also, she was arrested last week for refusing to follow an unlawful order given by a police officer, she was legally permitted to stay where she was, different issue, but just a clarification.