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FJAG said:The problem with any organization that advocates for social change and sees limited success is that it's leadership changes to the ever more radical elements who set ever more extreme goals.
There comes a point where the original moderate activists abandon the movement and society in general either draws a line in the sand and says "this far and no more" or becomes reactive and pushes back. How society does that is the question.
I inadvertently walked into an Anarchists' march in Strasbourg once. There was a very limited police presence at the march although hundreds of riot police in small vans were strategically deployed around the edges. After the march a small army of workers had all the spray painted graffiti washed or sandblasted away and broken glass repaired. By the next morning it was as if nothing had ever occurred. No baton was ever raised; no tear gas ever fired.
I certainly think that escalation to violence is often genuinely wanted by elements on both (or more) sides of a conflict, dragging everyone else along off the cliff. One might be tempted to respond to these protests the same way one might deal with an obstinate toddler. When my brother and his wife have difficulty getting my niece down to sleep, they simply leave her alone (unless there is clear necessity in her noise), and she slips into slumber on her own. The problem is, it isn't toddlers that are involved with this situation.