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Old 03-09-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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It seems ironic to hear people say that Americans can be politically apathetic and not protest as much when unhappy with government policies as some other citizens (eg. France is famous for a country where lots of people protest when unhappy).

The United States has such a strong history of and perception of itself as, a country founded on revolution and proud of having the right to speak up and use freedom of speech (many Americans will scoff at Europeans' hate speech laws). Many Americans are quick to protest things they see as unconstitutional, compared to those in many countries.

Yet it seems you see Americans less likely to go out on streets and hold signs when unhappy with policies compared to certain other countries. Do you agree or disagree?
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Because in today's world, protesting for anything seems to have a negative stigma attached to it. Now, if you protest, you are deemed some sort of radical or extremist on either side. You can wait in line all night for a flat screen TV and be called a smart consumer but if you do the same for something you believe in, you're an extremist.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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It seems ironic to hear people say that Americans can be politically apathetic and not protest as much when unhappy with government policies as some other citizens (eg. France is famous for a country where lots of people protest when unhappy).

The United States has such a strong history of and perception of itself as, a country founded on revolution and proud of having the right to speak up and use freedom of speech (many Americans will scoff at Europeans' hate speech laws). Many Americans are quick to protest things they see as unconstitutional, compared to those in many countries.

Yet it seems you see Americans less likely to go out on streets and hold signs when unhappy with policies compared to certain other countries. Do you agree or disagree?

Yes we are very complacent. We have enough money to buy our toys and have plenty of stores to de-stress by buying things. I am serious about this. Also, we are brainwashed from childhood with 'best country in the world' and We are lucky to be Americans' propaganda. The youth in this country are in major student loan debt and working away for small salaries to pay off the debt. It is quite sad that we are so complacent
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: US
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Americans are very political, all my international friends that have lived here or studied abroad here have said it. They say it's unusual for them to see young people having political debates with each other.

With that being said, protesting isn't the way most Americans think will bring change. Many protests end up trashing city property, businesses, litter ending up everywhere, which has given it a bad stigma. I would never protest. If there is something I disagree with politically, I will go to facebook, twitter, file an online petition etc and most importantly VOTE!

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Old 03-09-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Well I honestly think that's what makes our country great. We have so many other ways to go about making changes and doing things that we don't really have to protest. That being said, Americans are not afraid to make our voices heard. While things are definitely going downhill in the United States, we still have a very nice standard of living and there are many people who are living well. Until things in the United States get bad enough to the point where even the hard workers and non government mooches are losing their quality of life, things won't get too radical.

People were certainly ready to protest when Obama wanted us to start throwing bombs around in Syria. I think the way the public responded to Obama's warmongering was awesome. Every person in congress knew that if they gave Obama the pass to Syria they likely were not going to get re-elected. Majority of Americans are tired of war, and we're tired of seeing the children of our country die for people who likely want us dead.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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We haven't had much huge issues that are worth a big protest.
the big ones were the
the race riots
civil rights protest
anti vietnam war protest
occupy wall street was sorta big but ended up being an embarrassment
today people don't have a reason to go out and protest, you only have the conspiracy theorist and the tea party patriots but they are very small in numbers
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:11 AM
 
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We haven't had much huge issues that are worth a big protest.
the big ones were the
the race riots
civil rights protest
anti vietnam war protest
occupy wall street was sorta big but ended up being an embarrassment
today people don't have a reason to go out and protest, you only have the conspiracy theorist and the tea party patriots but they are very small in numbers



Madison Wisconsin Protests March 12, 2011 - YouTube
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:28 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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This was the very beginning of the Tea party.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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As much criticism as the American government gets, I guess things aren't extreme enough for people to protest en masse, although the Occupy movement was a taste of that. I think a lot of people would think of the Civil Rights movement, earlier on the temperance and women's rights movement, the anti-war protests and say anti-nuclear protests as some good examples.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:35 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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As much criticism as the American government gets, I guess things aren't extreme enough for people to protest en masse, although the Occupy movement was a taste of that. I think a lot of people would think of the Civil Rights movement, earlier on the temperance and women's rights movement, the anti-war protests and say anti-nuclear protests as some good examples.
Those were the ones that caused the negative stigma too, especially the anti Vietnam war protest. Most protesters in this country tend to be started by those left of center. Sometimes far left. Even the Tea Party originated with people who were left of center, it was taken over later by the right. The occupy movement started the same way but remained a left of center movement and sadly, did not evolve further and just fizzled out. The majority or protest in the US in the last decade and a half or so are restricted to west coast cities for the most part. There was the massive WTO riot protest in Seattle in 1999. Berkeley California is known for seemingly spontaneous protest from time to time and even though the occupy movement started in New York City and spread to other cities, the biggest and longest of these took place in Berkeley's neighbor, Oakland. Los Angeles will also have some protest from time to time.
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