Taking to the streets: US vs. European edition

A rant that started with an Audi ad and meandered through the requisite American distaste for conformism eventually arrived at this.

Not that the tin-foil helmet crazies are in anyways more desirable than disenfranchised anarchist mobs taking over government buildings.  And considering the reasons for protests: one for introducing universal health insurance and/or financial sector bailouts, the other against belt-tightening in wages and benefits, I’m not entirely sure the comparison can really be considered parallel.

The majority of us hit by economic hardships just want to put our heads down and get on with the whole thing, kind of like, well, Ireland.

But just for fun: fringe to fringe, protester to protester, crazy to crazy, which one would you rather?

[T]he difference between America and Europe is that, when the global economy nosedived, everywhere from Iceland to Bulgaria mobs took to the streets and besieged Parliament, demanding to know why government didn’t do more for them. This is the only country in the developed world where a mass movement took to the streets to say we can do just fine if you control-freak statists would just stay the hell out of our lives, and our pockets. You can shove your non-stimulating stimulus, your jobless jobs bill, and your multitrillion-dollar porkathons. This isn’t karaoke. These guys are singing “I’ll do it my way” for real.

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