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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

Protests are akin to starting a business Anywhere between 50 and 90% of businesses end up failing, depending on which statistics you look at. Possibly up to 99% of entrepreneurs never end up making ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

I agree with many of the reasons listed in other answers here, and I would emphasize broadcasting (advertising) the existence of a group or concern (raising awareness as stated in the Q) laying claim ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

Public Communication From a game theory perspective, we should expect to see protests when there are agents who wish to embed an idea in the public consciousness, and the conventional media channels ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

As a case study: recently, millions in Germany have been protesting against the extreme-right. Is this going to weaken the extreme right electorally? Hardly. In fact, if everyone from communists to ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

A protest is not a measured action to make a change, it's an expression of a desire for change when other avenues of communication have broken down. Also consider that different kinds of protests have ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

https://commonslibrary.org/protest-movements-how-effective-are-they/ There are three particular success factors that stand out as seeming to have large effects on movement chance’s of success, as ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

This subject leads to a lot that is interesting and currently relevant, but this answer will stick to what I think is the core of the Question posed: "However, it seems that protests against ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

The question contains a lot of misconceptions about protests. In this answer I'll talk about what I've learned about the purpose of protests from my time participating in them. This answer is from the ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

The quick-draw answers are correct in that empirical research has found that likelihood of success is one of the motivators for protesters. I won't detail that research here (but see the initial part ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

it seems to me that protests are usually an ineffective tool to deal with the situation. Sometimes protests work. They are also often the most effective tool available, even if they don't result in ...
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Why do protests happen in the light of their apparent futility?

In most societies, the authorities are not able to coerce most of the population. They can coerce some protesters when most of the population either do not care about the issue, or are too terrified ...
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Why does the Black Lives Matter movement organize protests while the incident they're protesting is still under investigation?

It's to draw attention to the problem by forcing the media into talking about it. If they were to stop protesting and wait it out before starting again, a lot of people would forget about it, and the ...
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Why is there a broad pattern of excessive force by police towards protestors in spite of international focus on this use of force?

What are the organizational-level factors that contribute to police brutality? These can include policies of the police department or the general working environment. If the police department sets ...
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