Hungry babies get fed.
Protesting forces cities to pay millions of dollars and hurts businesses
So do most things that happen in a city.
and makes people late for work
Gosh, my heart bleeds. Late for work!? How will the world recover?
and destroys property
no, vandalism destroys property. Protesters shouldn't commit vandalism. Any decent protest will not cause any permanent damage.
and the list goes on and on.
Yep. They also help support the local restaurants, gice struggling journalists something to write about, provide an alternative and interesting day out for all the participants.
What I am doing will cause no inconvenience to anyone.
That's true, but no elected politicians are going to notice.
Based on however many issues you want. If you want to effect change, drop the cardboard, or the moltov cocktail, stop being a whining attention whore and do something positive.
You make it sound so easy. I could run for office - That would involve getting people to vote for me. I'd need to start campaigning. This will mean I have to make an extremely substantial commitment to doing something, rather than simply turning up to show my support. I may feel strongly about a matter, but not enough to give up all my spare time for it.
A protest shows the people who are in power, or want to get into power that there is a strong feeling of support for a subject. They may not have realised that there was such a lot of support before.
Oh sure, some poor bastard dies in an ambulance because some fucktards are whining about globalization, but I'm sure his family will understand. They may learn to forgive the fucktards, even though their father/brother/son died due to some fucktards can't get over the fact that capitalism is the most effective form of economy on the planet. Yeah, they'll be sure to rally behind the cause...
Does this happen on a regular basis?
And who cares whether capitalism is the most effective form of economy? That's almost a tautology. The point is that there's more to the running the country than keeping the economy going. Environmentalism is considerably better for the environment, and socialism is better for social improvements. Communism results in lower poverty, and fascism keeps the crime rate down.
Or maybe some guy gets fired for being late. He'll just go back to the protest. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?
If his position is so shaky that he gets fired even though he has a valid reason, then they were just waiting for a reason to get rid of him.
How would you like to be an hour late to work for a rally fighting rape laws? Or maybe a protest in favor of decriminalizing murder?
Wouldn't worry me too much. I'd be annoyed for the rest of the day, and put in the extra hour over the next couple of weeks. 7 minutes of extra work a day for two weeks isn't going to kill me. If they feel its worth protesting about it, then the least I could do is try to understand their position.
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