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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2011: "The Protester" --Why Time is late to the game

Time Magazine has selected “The Protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011 because they are “redefining people power” throughout the world, citing the protests of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States as examples. Time writes:

“It’s remarkable how much the protest vanguards share. Everywhere they are disproportionately young, middle class and educated. Almost all the protests this year began as independent affairs, without much encouragement from or endorsement by existing political parties or opposition bigwigs. All over the world, the protesters of 2011 share a belief that their countries’ political systems and economies have grown dysfunctional and corrupt — sham democracies rigged to favor the rich and powerful and prevent significant change. They are fervent small-d democrats. Two decades after the final failure and abandonment of communism, they believe they’re experiencing the failure of hell-bent megascaled crony hypercapitalism and pine for some third way, a new social contract.”

For daring to speak out, for using new technologies to coordinate their efforts, for boldly holding their ground in the face of police and military violence directed at them, for pointing out the corruption and inequality inherent in our present global corporatist hegemony, we also honor “The Protester” as this week’s rebel of the week. I would also like to point out, however, that Time Magazine is a little late to the game. Here's why.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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