In this polarized world, international politics is in disarray, diplomacy has taken a sit in presence of increasing nationalistic views, old alliances are being fundamentally shook to the core, look at NATO debacles, so called world leaders do not seem interested in the greater role their countries’ politics effect the rest of the world, look at Trump and Brexit, world trade being hindered by partisan politics, look at US-China trade war.
Economic, trade, politics, climate, sports, everything one touches seems on fire.
The world looks to have found a new way other than whatever democratic systems that nations have put in place.
Or is it a wider fatigue of democratic based bureaucratic systems done by the book and globalization that local leaders do not understand the shift in global standards benchmarks?
Protest, protest, protest, protest, protest.
As of December 7, the year 2019 has seen hundreds of protests that affected at least 30 countries, almost a quarter of the world’s countries has had protests, while some protests were inherited from the year before, it has been a regular reoccurrence in the news, from as near DRC and Uganda to as far as Chile and Peru to countries like the US (Gm & Trump).
People have had reasons to go to the streets and sometime they have turned violent.
Here is a list of countries so far, Chile, Egypt, Lebanon, Ecuador, UK, Bolivia, Spain, Jammu & Kashmir, China Hong Kong, Columbia, Venezuela, Italy, Iran, Iran, Algeria, Soudan, DRC, Uganda, Guinea, Cameroun, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, United States of America, Peru, Haiti, Pakistan, Indonesia, Netherlands, France and others including the worldwide climate demonstrations that took part in over 150 countries.
There are multiple reasons expressed by protesters; fuel, bread, corruption, pensions, etc but they boil down to three main basic issues; Economic mismanagement, Climate change and Political ideologies.
Under economic mismanagement, the biggest problems are inequality and general reduction in economic welfare sparked by fuel prices, bread, pensions, fares, internet rates etc.
The general consensus is that citizen on top of expecting greater purchasing power for what they wage, they no longer compare themselves with national or regional standards.
The world has become so connected that one can compare breakfasts with any nation’s citizen around the world.
With this astronomically amplified by digital media, the world’s benchmark for standards of living has increased.
Increasingly, people want what they see, compounded with other factors that include corruption, negative economic policies, rising national debts and the need for immediate need for change, people just go to the streets.
And they are getting good at it (there must be an instructional YouTube video on protesting).
With the world literally on fire, forest and bush fires are becoming more common, they are both direct and indirect results of climate change.
Climate change is affecting every continent and every country in the world. Other than fires, floods, ice melting, sea level rising, hurricanes it also affects harvest in regions that sometimes largely depend on it.
Protests, rallies and every form of demonstration against global warming and climate change is a necessary one, the world is holding itself prisoners to causes that destroys it, while major institutions, corporates and countries are under pressure from teenagers and those who understand the extent of the problem. It (climate change) is a fight against ourselves that we must win.
Politics has been very divisive than last decade, with a disarray over global politics, nations and their political leaders have turned to nationalism.
This has created left vs right, government vs oppositions, president and supporters vs oppositions and supporters, party vs party.
This in turn has created clear lines between societies, and each side being entrenched in their position.
In democracy, freedom of speech is a basic right and protesting, a form of expressing discontent.
While protesting is usually an option for marginalized groups to express their grievances, as of recent, it seems to be a reoccurrence in some countries, this is usually an indication of a problem in policy making processes, with majority of countries on the list having democratically elected governments.
It show a clear fatigue in certain democratic processes, people want fast democracy, bureaucratic systems can no longer adapt fast enough to the citizens needs and this does not affect only third world and developing countries, it does show effects in first world countries too.
Contrary to popular believe, protest and demonstrations do not directly influence the short term narrative on policies for people in charge, protest are usually short term pressure but actually have extensive long term effect.
Politician read protest as signals, the narrative gradually evolves over time.
However the biggest effect of protest doesn’t reach the people it is against.
Protest like many movements and rallies create a spirit of motivation and camaraderie to attendees, whoever isn’t with a protest movement either can’t priorities it or is against it, that’s why most protester sympathize more with the theme of the protest after having attended, and sometimes can turn peaceful protests into radical (and/or) violent protest.
Researchers have found that weather and size are secondary determinants of the effectiveness of a protest movement.
With all these somber headlines, it begs a few questions; is this a new normal? Has the world found a new way of governing itself? Do we really need to account costs of breakfast around the world to make local decision?