Protest is definitely part of liberty, I encourage and embrace it.
I used to think like that, for a long time. Being of that age group who were children during the sixties and not quite old enough to do the “out in the streets” thing, for the longest time I felt like I had missed out, like somebody had to keep the momentum going after Woodstock and Kent State had graduated to being Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods.
But I outgrew it. The notion that any politician is really gonna change their mind because of a bunch of signs and slogans and traffic-stopping, is childish. It is part of the script, it is ritualized virtue-signalling for self-aggrandizement’s sake and the right to say “I was there” later to people who couldn’t care less, if they weren’t.
If one is going to stand up to government, this “speaking truth to power” is an exercise in futility when power isn’t listening. What I believe in now, and have upheld a longstanding commitment to for years, is outright defiance and non-compliance on an individual basis, irrespective of who is paying attention or even if no one is.
My biggest grievance for decades has been that no government has any such right as to directly tax the personal livelihoods of its citizens. The process of doing so, and of compelling people to surrender information about our lives which was never any government’s business in the first place, is what lays open the possibility of all the other forms of everyday tyranny that a too-big and too-stupid bureaucratic class has to dictate terms of our lives to us.
Government says “you will pay, you will disclose, you will submit”. And I just say, purely in my own behalf and not giving a rat’s ass whether it becomes a public pageant, “no, I will not.”
THAT is protest. This other thing, is recreation.