This is What a Democracy Looks Like

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This is What a Democracy Looks LikeThis film, shot by 100 amateur camera operators, tells the story of the enormous street protests in Seattle, Washington in November 1999, against the World Trade Organization summit being held there.

Vowing to oppose, among other faults, the WTO's power to arbitrarily overrule nations' environmental, social and labor policies in favor of unbridled corporate greed, protesters from all around came out in force to make their views known and stop the summit.

Against them is a brutal police force and a hostile media as well as the stain of a minority of destructively overzealous comrades. Against all odds, the protesters bravely faced fierce opposition to take back the rightful democratic power that the political and corporate elite of the world is determined to deny the little people.

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Ratings: 7.60/10 from 5 users.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. FLGuy

    The USA is a Republic.

  2. Flowy
  3. Flowy

    Democratic Republic would be the textbook term I believe but it looks more like a totalitarian system every day.

  4. Tom
  5. Tom

    flower power & hippies... these guys had great fun yelling all day and thinking for a moment they would change the world (I had fun doing that too when I was 17) ! the police just did their job in my opinion and managed to do the less harm possible. I saw no real violence from the police in this doc. The activists where nice and gentle too... they only broke a few windows ! this good doc shows that a real revolution can only be individual and from the inside of each individual or there must be blood and therefor tragedy.

  6. Larry
  7. Larry

    Fascism is an ideology to reorganize a nation under corporate interests in the political system and the economy. Fascism is what is happening around the world. That was the root reason for the protests by these people. Yes there was damage done. But has any consideration been given to that the government or local authority may have planted troublemakers in with the protesters? It's a dirty handed tactic that has been used many times by authorities. The intention is to blend in then incite violence or damage property so that the weight of the law can be thrown on the protesters. It's also to destroy the reputation and support for those who were meant to be peaceful protesters.

  8. cancelyourcablenow
  9. cancelyourcablenow

    What about December 23, 1913, The Federal Reserve Act is the Act of Congress that created the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States of America, and granted it the legal authority to issue legal tender.

  10. cancelyourcablenow
  11. cancelyourcablenow

    You are wrong!! The police broke the law by stifling dissent and arresting peaceful protests. Protests are a necessity for change.

  12. Abamovich
  13. Abamovich

    ...and some wonder why the global elite felt that 9/11 was necessary. You have to wonder what would have happened if they had tried to invade two foreign countries without it.

  14. fonbindelhofas
  15. fonbindelhofas

    lol our democracy is a sheep weep, carporate money & every day fear!

  16. 0zyxcba1
  17. 0zyxcba1

    @Tom: "flower power & hippies"
    Don't know what planet you live on, but I haven't seen a 'hippy'
    since the mid-70's.

  18. John Smith
  19. John Smith

    You are right, this is what a "DEMOCRACY" looks like (and not a Constitutional Republic like the United States of America which is rule by law)

    Modern day "Democracy" is simply a codeword for communism exemplified by disarmed citizens, high taxes, participation in global government, and resentment of "capitalism".

    By the way, I hope most people watching are aware that in the United States we don't really have true "capitalism" by any stretch of the imagination. In true capitalism, you don't have corporate welfare, massive bailouts, and rule by an illegal central bank like the private Federal Reserve.

    I bet many of these "protestors" (years later) voted for Barry H Obama thinking he would actually change something. It's sad they were too shallow and too ignorant to realize he was bought and paid for by the very same people they are "fighting against".

    I am glad to live in a sovereign constitutional republic where each of the 50 states "must guarantee a republican form of government" .........and where my rights come from my creator..........and where it is the people's right and duty to abolish tyrannical governments.

    This is clearly preferable to a "democracy" where people can vote to steal my property because they want to............

  20. sekulär demokrat
  21. sekulär demokrat

    If you DON`T move ... we will use force. What did you expect??

  22. noconman
  23. noconman

    Democrat or Republican, doesn't matter anymore. They both represent the corporate elite, who really run the show.
    They own everything here already and have their sites on establishing their New World Order so they can expand the coporate hostile takeover of all the worlds economies.
    It used to be called colonizing, now it's called nation building. All in the name of freedom and humanity.
    They are doing a great job of it. It's all going to plan.
    We are powerless against it.
    You cannot beat them at their own rigged game and we are forced to either join them,
    or simply give up.
    That explains why only 30% bother to vote.
    They are the masters of deception and laugh at how they keep the population fighting each other over scripted media sensationalism and stop us from overpowering the corruption that is leading us all to self destruction.
    They same way that the native americans were not united in order to successfully defend themselves, we new americans are to divided to be effective too.
    When we common citizens are finally treated the way native americans were, in the forming of this country, we will know what it is like to have no rights, our property and homes taken away and forced to live in poverty, no say in governing ourselves, no worth beyond being an endentured servant, then we will see the true nature of the powers that have dictated our world for thousands of years.
    The class war was won a long time ago. If you have no gold, you have no voice, and If you have no voice, they will simply take your gold.
    The golden rule remains,
    He who has the gold, makes the rules.

  24. Devon Griffiths
  25. Devon Griffiths

    Sure, so many "individual" revolutions have been succesful, right? Haha, what a joke. All succesful revolutions were coordinated, well organized actions by masses of people, not "individual" revolutions. The whole "individual" theory of revolution - which was born in despair among people who allowed themselves to believe they were powerless - has resulted in nothing but a wholesale retreat into a fantasy realm of self-congratulory lifestyle consumption, overzealous PC etiquette/protocol, and a galaxy of bizarre New Age rubbish.

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