Pro-democracy movements are missing a key political tool that authoritarian movements have perfected: the power of ritual. It's time to fight back.
If you have an idea for a good ritual that we should try out, I'm all ears! What should be our version of the three finger salute, or how should we co-opt the power of a Trump Rally for the forces of democracy?
What could be interesting is co-opting a popular song, where there is already a large following/audience. Taylor Swift comes to mind. There are already ’Swifty’ rituals, so a baked in audience, so to speak. Put something like that into a meme to vote, and we might see an increase in the youth vote. Just thinking out loud.
So true. Some of the thrill of Trump rallies is due to the energy of a big crowds. I've felt that thrill many times at huge protest marches.
As usual, a fascinating essay. I have always been entranced by the comfort of ritual even when I don't believe the underlying concepts. Long after I lost my faith (about 8th grade) I kept attending the Episcopal Church (High Church version) with my parents because I loved the rituals ( particularly the prayers in the King James Version) sheerly for their beauty. When the church switched the language of the Book of Common Prayer from King James to Revised Standard, I lost all interest. Suddenly my lack of belief in the doctrines overcame the value of the ritual for me and I started feeling very uncomfortable.
Yes. Thank you, Brian Klaas.