In 1999, the WTO protests in Seattle sparked a whole new wave of mass demonstrations and radical activism in the U.S. Really, the anti-globalization movement had been on the rise for years in other countries around the globe. But on those fateful days in Seattle, the slumbering giant of radical action was reawakened on the streets of America.
In the ensuing months and years, many different commentaries and documentaries emerged about the significance of those events in Seattle. One of these was a cult classic called â€œBreak the Spellâ€ that was embraced by many militant young dissidents for its focus on themes such as police violence and property destructions as a means of insurgent revolutionary action.
Iâ€™m not going to examine the movie itself. That would be too easyâ€¦ 🙂 Instead, Iâ€™m going to examine the overall theme of â€œbreaking the spellâ€ â€“ its strengths, its failures, and the future as I see it.