Here’s the thing.
Capitalism is everywhere. You knew it when you got old enough to think for yourself. You knew it when you
became an adult turned 19. You know it now that you (maybe) pay your own rent/mortgage. So if you’re so big on protesting, where have you been the rest of this year to spread awareness of your cause? Why are you not moving to a third-world, non-corporate country to support the less fortunate? Why are you not sewing your own clothes? Why are you buying pharmaceutical-brand toothpaste? Why are you still washing your hair??
Fact is, unless you never buy anything, (including clothing, groceries, shoes, bags, coffee, bottled water, dishrags, comforters; the list goes on) you’re not protesting capitalism. You’re starting shit because there are finally enough people to garner you some attention.
And if you’re legitimately protesting peacefully, yeah it’s weak and wimpy and whatever, but do you know anyone who takes PETA seriously? I mean, out of the people you would not shoot with eye-death-lasers on a regular day. I’d rather a peaceful protest, than one that is violent, potentially harmful to other people, and thus not taken seriously by anyone. When you act irrationally, people believe you to be irrational; no one wants to help out the irrational guy, in fact, usually, they want to either avoid him completely or knock his block off. So why would anyone want to change anything based on destructive behaviour?
Yes. There are a lot of things in our country that have to change. A billion dollars should NOT have been spent, under any circumstances, on the G20/G8 summits which have cost $30 million in their other locations. That is something to protest. Protest via bad press, protest via conversation with other intelligent people, protest by writing (and having concerned acquaintances, friends and family write) many, many letters. Protest intelligently, kids. Because breaking windows and setting cop cars on fire when there’s really no reason for that really didn’t illustrate any kind of point as the masses ran down the street in their brand name clothes and shoes afterward.
I certainly hope none of you own a car or cars.
Living in the epicenter of the most capitalist part of Canada might be your first problem. If you have issues, there are plenty of rural areas where you can grow and harvest your own corn, lettuce and chickens. Contribute to non-capitalist Canada and live off the fat of the land, Of Mice and Men, not the fat of OSAP, and certainly not the fat of welfare, which is paid for by all those crazy employees working for the Man.
That, would be amazing.