Are political parties the key to changemaking, rather than street protests?

Author/journalist Moisés Naim observes that the global street protests with similar tent cities, assemblies and use of social media and slogans against the rule of the 1% didn’t accomplish much, with the exception of overthrowing dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Ukraine—but that’s a major accomplishment.[i] Naim pointed out in April 2014 that Dilma Rousseff promised changes that didn’t materialize. In Turkey, autocratic Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected President and built a 1,000-room mansion. Naim blames the ease with which protesters can be gathered with clicktivism on the Internet without the daily organizing work to create a plan for permanent change in organizations like new political parties. What do you think? Please comment.

[i] Moisés Naim, “Why Street Protests Don’t Work, The Atlantic, April 7, 2014.


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