All that protest in the streets, with blocked streets and shut-down ports, has accomplished precisely nothing. The French Senate just passed a law raising the pension age from 60 to 62.
Symbolic protests in the streets accomplishes very little now. The police know how to isolate it, the media often ignores it, and politicians simply route around it. The whole “Wa-hoo, solidarity, dude we showed them” by getting in the streets and protesting may make participants feel good when they do a fist bump, but it terms of genuinely changing things, the impact is negligible.
This is something the hard left genuinely doesn’t get. Perhaps that’s why they’re so dispirited of late, tactics that worked admirably for decades no longer do, and they don’t know what to do instead.
If you want to get in the streets and create real change in today’s world, then the targets need to be more than symbolic, and the protest more than just saying hooray for our side. That’s the reality in 2010.