rent a protestor


Over at the Marginal Revolution, Tyler Cowen links to a story about people who will protest for money:

Organisations using the service are unlikely to reveal themselves, keen to pass off their protesters as genuine supporters of the cause. But German media reported a Munich march had hired protesters because its own adherents were too old to stand for hours waving banners.

And of course, rental protestors come with a disclaimer:

I would like to point out that not all protests will tally with my own point of view and I would like to distance myself from these.

Adds a new layer of meaning to the rational choice perspective on social movements…

Written by fabiorojas

January 25, 2007 at 6:21 am

Posted in fabio, social movements

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  1. Sounds like traditional, “Fordist” patterns of contention (where the protesters performed their own labor) are being replaced by “flexible contention” where the labor of contention can be outsourced (flash mobs for hire!). Maybe Richard Urry will write a book about that.



    January 25, 2007 at 8:46 pm

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