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Radical Movement Highlights Anxiety in Western Society

  Over the years, “new social movements” including environmentalism have long been absorbed by mainstream Western society. However, recently, there has been a tendency for new social movements and officials to return to a state of friction and confrontation, reflecting the current situation of Western society under the changing situation. anxious.
  A Dutch court recently sentenced two of three environmental protesters to two months in prison for attacking Dutch painting master Wermeer’s masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” because their protest behavior “exceeded the acceptable level”. Over the years, “new social movements” including environmentalism have long been absorbed by mainstream Western society. However, recently, there has been a tendency for new social movements and officials to return to a state of friction and confrontation, reflecting the current situation of Western society under the changing situation. anxious.
  In the 1960s, the development of Western society entered an unusual period. People in Western countries took to the streets one after another, setting off waves of anti-war movements, feminist movements, anti-nuclear movements, national liberation movements, and ecological movements. At that time, this type of movement had not yet become the mainstream of society, and the general public had limited understanding of relevant concepts, and the relatively conservative mainstream media in the West often deliberately silenced these concepts. When the visibility and influence of the movement still need to be expanded urgently, it is an important strategy and action taken by the new social movement to use radical methods to create influence and to collide with the mainstream of Western society that ignores these demands.
  Some of these radical propositions are obviously not practical, and some are deeply influenced by anarchism, such as “green anarchism”. They often use open threats to create sensational events, dramatically impact certain aspects of society, and go beyond the boundaries of mainstream society. However, due to prior publicity and extensive publicity, they are not very destructive. They just go out of the way and out of the circle , can get more mainstream media attention. While avoiding real social danger, they vigorously promote their ideas and strive to mainstream these ideas, thus forming a complex relationship between the new social movement, the media and the public.
  Over the years, concepts such as environmental protection have become mainstream in Western society, and radical movements have also gradually declined. Figures such as “Environmental Protection Girls” have become the targets of mainstream media for a while, and political organizations such as the Green Party have also become European political organizations. One of the mainstream forces in China, with a wide range of influence. Some ideas that belonged to radical environmentalism in those days have been absorbed into the mainstream of society. As a result, although these radical movements still exist, their influence is weakening and marginalized, making it difficult to arouse social concern.
  But the current global changes are changing this trend. The energy crisis has caused some concepts that were regarded as “common sense” in the past to encounter practical problems. Reality has a greater impact on people than ideas. The return of traditional energy has become a realistic choice that has to be faced in Western society, and the consciousness and concepts of ordinary people have also undergone some changes. The activeness of radical environmental protection actions is actually a manifestation of anxiety about the reality. Fearing that the mainstream society will change its energy policy and public sentiment and public opinion will shift, radical environmental protection actions try to attract the attention of the mainstream society in the same way as before.
  The “return” of radical style reflects that radical environmentalism does not have effective ways and solutions to respond to real energy problems, but shows some kind of destructiveness, which is very important for effective environmental protection. Actions, etc. also have negative effects. There is a considerable distance between the provocative methods it adopts and the actual environmental protection efforts, and they are not conducive to the promotion of truly effective, specific and positive environmental protection strategies. This deserves people’s concern and consideration.

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