I had to read this piece twice, and pinch myself, to make sure this isn’t a hallucination, but an article in Consortium News. It’s not satiric, but a deadly serious lament as to the vanished mass ferment of 2010.
What about the “global uprisings” last year—a year that FAIR looked back on, last December, as “the year of the protest”? The year that saw the Yellow Vests, and mass protests in Lebanon, Gaza, Chile, Haiti, Ecuador, and elsewhere all over Latin America (the continent rocked by an unprecedented wave of feminist protests in particular)? There also was the Bernie movement here. All those protests were blacked out or played down by “our free press,” which focused only on Hong Kong (as FAIR rightly noted) and Greta’s multitudes (as FAIR, believing in their righteousness, did not observe).
So what happened to all those “uprisings”? Three guesses. And—still more important—what about the massive protests going on right now? 250 million Indian farmers and workers—the biggest protest in the history of the planet—and huge outpourings in the streets of the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and elsewhere? According to Vishay Prashad (who evidently slept through that gigantic and protracted demo in his own country a few weeks ago), those “uprisings” either aren’t uprisings, or don’t meet with his approval.
That he would disapprove of those uprisings—and that Consortium News would feature his myopic article—is, sadly, no surprise, inasmuch as that once-great outlet ran a piece last April, by the UN Secretary-General, dismissing concerns about vaccine safety and the lockdowns’ dangerous consequences—including heightened mass surveillance—as “conspiracy theory.” That capitulation by Consortium News is all too typical of the “left” press today, which maintains its tight, now-dated focus on neoliberal economics, Western foreign policy, the non-progressive make-up of the incoming Biden apparat, the threat posed by “the right,” etc. (the same old same old that we get from Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Naomi Klein, Caitlin Johnstone, Chris Hedges and so many others), as if 2020 were 2010, or 2019, and not this unprecedented, “COVID-related” Year from Hell, which calls on all of us who really are progressive—that is, who love humanity, and believe profoundly in democracy—to face up to what’s really happening all around us, ask why, and tell it like it is, and so help stop it.