Ranting… sorry, having a friendly chat with a new vollie (fingers crossed) on The Project, I found myself thinking of Hegel.*
Specifically around the fascination (in every sense) that a certain kind of activist seems to have around confrontation with the police. Sylvia Plath had stuff to say abou this, long before Climate Camp.
Is it some search for recognition? In the absence of other success metrics, is attention from the State a useful ego-boost? “Well, if they’re spending all this money on the helicopters and the sound system to blast out ‘I fought the law and the law won‘ at 3am, then they must think we are a threat. Ergo, we must actually be a threat….”
* Yes, this sentence is a bid for Pseuds’ Corner.