I guess I’m posting a little more slowly than usual right now, but a big part of the reason for that is that I’ve been involved in an extended protest.
I haven’t been involved nearly as much as many other people, but this protest is correctly becoming known as a young people’s protest (though I don’t like it so constantly being called such), and I am a lot older and tireder than most of them. Come to think of it, I was even older and tireder than most of the protesters ten to twelve years ago, when I was running around in clouds of tear gas at world trade summits. And back then, I also had a little less resistance to the idea of having to be around people all the time. So, I’m afraid I’m not completely “cut out” for the activist’s life – especially not these days – even though I do have the political interests. And, unlike me, most of the people involved in this protest aren’t weighed down by the strange psychological effect of protesting in a neighborhood, and even by actual buildings, where one has worked before… Which, considering where I am, means that the scenario is a bit less rural than the one above, and the songs or chants aren’t quite as much fun or as communist. And nobody’s taking over any factories or anything like that (which would be a good way to protest at a place where one has worked before). But we/they are protesting some destructive financial institutions, so it is still worthwhile.
This protest is also a bigger deal as protests go than I’ve seen in a while, and since nobody is bothering with permits, let’s hope I don’t land in jail.
But I think it’ll all be OK, and I will be free to post more soon.
By the way, these songs were originally found at Ebenezer’s great Old Malayalam Cinema site. He also has started a site devoted to KPAC, but I have waited to talk about that because it is very much still “under construction.” I hope to talk about it quite a bit more in the future, and I might even try to contribute something to it myself, as I have been given the ability to do so (but just don’t have the ideas yet).
But I think that my next posts here will be headed quite a bit to the north of this, to celebrate the birthday of my favorite singer (somebody else who hung around with left-wing protesters – or at least one that I know of). So, be back soon…