It’s a strange concept. One I have never gotten my head around. Getting paid to protest by an organization.
Those in Ferguson were reported to have been paid up to $5,000 a month to loot, riot and attack police. However, tables turned and when the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) declared bankruptcy, the protesters launched their own campaign, and sat-in-protest at the MORE headquarters.
The problem with paid protesting is that it undermines the spontaneity of people uniting for a cause. Uniting for a cause should never be paid for, and really, it begs the question why money is being laid out in the first place.
It’s politics, isn’t it?
Just take a look at the Citizens United decision. And this is where some of the problem stems from. A court ruled it acceptable for corporations and labor unions to sway political agendas by any funding means they see fit. Don’t think for a second this was to benefit citizens. It’s right there in a nutshell.
“The court said that because these funds were not being spent in coordination with a campaign, they ‘do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.'”
If the only motivation for protesting is via the dangling money carrot then the protest is void. A true protest is about solidarity, unity and the people—not capitalism. It’s meant to be about change—not lining the pockets of an organization who has been paid by higher ups to pay the protester to change the political winds.
This is blatantly immoral.
And let’s highlight the instigators and troublemakers high up in the food chain: George Soros and his NGO Open Society Foundation (OSF) being one of many.
The OSF is, according to the TIMES, one of the major contributors in paying activists to protest in certain events in hopes of swaying political favour in Ferguson, Baltimore, and anti-Trump rallies. Yes, there are genuine protestors there, but they’re accompanied by the employed ones to undermine the genuine intentions.
Recently, Soros experienced exile from his home country Hungary, along with Macedonia and Russia. These governments purged his OSF for a variety of reasons, most notably though, a threat to national security.
A protest is about rights, about liberty and about fraternity. All the concepts that came from the French Revolution. Freedom of speech, freedom to think… freedom to not be marred by capitalism.
If the cause is worthy then people will protest. If they don’t protest, so be it.
But there is no integrity in paid protesting.
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