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"We're Not Gonna Protest"

Eric Pfeiffer at The Beltway Buzz has this funny story that could be straight out of the 1994 (we dare call it "classic") college movie PCU:

“Not that they just liked to protest, but that they actually got paid by liberal interest groups to travel the country protesting. Here they were, sitting in the airport TGI Friday’s having a burger and getting ready to travel to New Orleans for another protest. They were good kids and wanted to talk. We tried discussing some of the benefits of Social Security reform. They listened, but weren’t too interested. Not because they had opposing views, they just said they weren’t too educated on the details. They even admitted they didn’t know who it was they were going to protest in New Orleans.”

Having waded into the crowd at many of these protest events, trying to learn what makes these people tick, this story seems entirely probable. Professional protesters are more common than people generally acknowledge. It happens on both sides of the political aisle, to be sure, but the left has been far more effective at raising the requisite money to pay these young men and women. On campuses across the country, there are postings on bulletin boards that say things like,

"JOBS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! The most fun you'll ever have on the job."


"GET PAID THIS SUMMER TO PROMOTE PEACE AND JUSTICE. Do you like travel? Need some cash this summer? Call ...-...-.... or email .....@.... .com for more."

Then there are the LaRouchers. You can find them on every campus. They epitomize the misplaced angst of youth, getting paid to travel around recruiting and propagandizing.

The difference between the LaRouchers and many of the other professional protesters is that the LaRouchers begin to deeply believe the things they are saying, whereas many other groups simply are about the social scene, getting some action, scoring some weed, having a summer job not in the service industry, and the like.

In the movie PCU, there is a great scene where the main character "Droz" gets a crowd of hyper-politically-correct, perpetually protesting left-wing students to chant, "we're not gonna protest, we're not gonna protest..."

If you haven't seen PCU, it's worth a viewing, just for the way it makes fun of the modern campus activist left.

And be on the lookout for professional protesters while you're at it.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 March 2005 02:03 PM