Ever since yesterday’s announcement that Moldova’s communists have won enough votes to form a government in Sunday’s elections, Moldova’s progressive youth took to the streets in angry protests. As behooves any political protest by young people today, they also turned to Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness about the planned protests and flashmobs. Led by youth NGOs like HydePark and ThinkMoldova, the protests began very peacefully – as a flashmob, where young people were simply supposed to hold lit candles in the vicinity of the square.
However, this morning things got out of hand – and, with or without Twitter’s help, the crowd got much larger, reaching as many as 10,000 people, who first picketed Election Commission headquarters, the president’s residence (windows are reported to be broken – and there are also reports that this building has been stormed), and other government buildings before storming the building of the Moldovan Parliament, which happens to be just across the road.
Technology is playing an important role in facilitating these protests. In addition to huge mobilization eforts both on Twitter and Facebook, Moldova’s angry youth – especially those who are currently abroad (roughly a quarter of Moldova’s population are working abroad due to dire economic conditions back at home) – could follow the events on this livestream provided by a Romanian TV station – directly from the square.
Self-mobilization of the population in support of The War Formerly Global On Terror has been a recurring theme on this blog the last three years. Had Twitter been available on 9/11 President Bush’s call for Americans to go shopping would have been ignored and The Militia of Flight 93 would have gone viral. There would have been flash mobs at the Saudi Embassy. Self-herding cats would have heckled the peaceniks off the streets. The whole course of the GWOT from then until now would have been different.
Self-mobilization of individual entrepreneurial frontiersmen, Cultural Revolutionaries, American Exceptionalists, libertarians, people who want to be left the hell alone, Gulchers, Constitutionalists, Appleseeds, bitter clingers, Christians, Patriots, Oath Keepers, blue collar men, married women, Crabgrass Jacksonians, small business owners, independent professionals and anybody else who wants to oppose Statism and retard the progress of Transnational Progressivism is now more technologically feasible than ever before. The great advantage Collectivists have always had over Individualists isn’t so great any more.
I’m still trying to figure out social media. I’m old and rather anti-social, but you can on Twitter and explain it to me.