Author Archives: David S. Meyer

About David S. Meyer

Author and professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine

The Senate isn’t sequestered. Note on the impeachment and protest

One hundred US senators, the sort-of jurors in the impending sort-of trial of Donald Trump, live in the world. Unlike impaneled jurors in other high profile trials, they are free to read newspapers, appear on television, consider evidence and factors … Continue reading

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The anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and the complications of movement influence

When East and West Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall 30 years ago this week, I was in my living room in Boston, making final corrections on what would be my first book. I’d written about the nuclear freeze movement, … Continue reading

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Again, on the influence of movements

Protest campaigns usually get much less than what they ask for, but they can still matter.  Take a look at Alexia Fernández Campbell’s great piece at Vox on the Kentucky teachers and yesterday’s gubernatorial election. Last year teachers in Kentucky … Continue reading

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The moment…globally. Contagion is a demonstration effect.

Citizens are taking to the streets around the world, animated by many different grievances, but mostly concerned with some vision of democracy. More that one million people have turned out to protest corruption in Beirut, with allied protests across Lebanon. … Continue reading

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The mask

Tens of thousands of masked demonstrators turned up in Hong Kong in response to a new ban on wearing a mask in a protest. The show of masked solidarity was completely predictable. Outlawing the mask was all about intimidation, and … Continue reading

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It’s not about Greta (about Greta!)

Heroic Swedish teen Greta Thunberg delivered a blistering address at the UN’s Climate Action Summit. It’s worth watching all the way through. In less than five minutes, Greta projects a sense of urgency and righteous anger. She’s right, of course, … Continue reading

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The debate protesters care about DACA

Protesters briefly interrupted the Democratic candidates presidential debate last night, knocking former Vice President Joe Biden a little further off his rhythm, and sending weary viewers to the Internet with one question: what were they yelling? It was hard to … Continue reading

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