This is PART TWO of the ongoing series. It began earlier with PART ONE, which you do not need to have read.

PART TWO is about ineffective protest marches, and the protesters who march in them.

Let's say your government is doing something foolish. Or wrong. Or impossible. For the sake of argument, let's say they have declared a war against an act or concept, even though acts and concepts are intangible, unlike places or people. Or, maybe your government wants its armed forces continuing to Get-'R-Done in a country whose leader was arrested, like, two years ago.

You might be opposed to something like that. Opposed like a human thumb.

So, now that you're all riled up in opposition, what should you do? Should you join the ungroomed masses in your city's streets, obstructing traffic, chanting short poems, looking for news cameras, and making no difference in government policy?


You should stay home and watch the DATE MY MOM marathon. Because some of those moms are pretty hot.

Then, if you really want to make a difference, here's what you do...

First, clean yourself up. Take a shower, buy a nice wardrobe, and get a haircut. Earn a degree and learn a trade. Hone your interpersonal skills, because difference-makers know how to lead and manage. Get a job at a successful company. Don't waste your paychecks on fancy cars, big televisions, and cage-free eggs. Save some money, and invest the rest wisely. Work your way to the top of your profession. Wait a few years. Then, sell all your stocks, take everything out of savings, buy yourself the biggest robot you can buy, and take over the damn country.

That's how I did it on my home planet.


At 10/21/2005 10:02 PM, Anonymous Subservient Pollution Monster said...

Here's the problem with protest marches. They aren't effective, because the public doesn't care about them.

Why would any non-participant ever come out to see a protest march, or watch one on TV? They're just not entertaining.

We need to stop having protest marches, and start having PROTEST PARADES. Fewer faux-hippies, more cheerleaders! Burn the stupid Che Guevara shirts, and break out the batons.

At 10/21/2005 10:08 PM, Blogger Dr. Gori said...

I agree with everything you have said, my subserviant servant. Perhaps that is because I secretly commanded you to say it.

At 10/22/2005 5:54 PM, Blogger Brillig said...

Are we talking Mech-style robot or one like "Robbie the Robot"? I can see the use of a Mech but Robbie could give out edicts in a booming voice. "Danger..Danger!"
I was talking to some dude yesterday about the war and he said that it was good to have troops over there because the enemy had its hands full somewhere other than on American soil. I just think that sounds a lot like feeding the machine...

At 10/24/2005 10:21 AM, Blogger Jonthon said...

Thanks for your post on my blog. So much negativity, it was nice to catch some that at least agreed with me for once.

I went back and forth while reading your post. I do think protests are cool, but you are right about the robots. I think the degree and becoming a captain of industry are good ideas too.

But that robot is fucking money.

At 10/24/2005 11:15 AM, Blogger Dr. Gori said...

On my planet, the protest fad fizzled out pretty quickly. But perhaps that is because we called them Mass Gatherings of the Powerless.

Maybe it is that past interplanetary experience that prejudices me against your earth protests. To me, they just look like outdoor Dave Matthews concerts without the music. (So, if nothing else, protests are at least better than Dave Matthews concerts.)


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