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What benefits does mischief have over more traditional protest? None! For chrissakes. This is like asking if the bangles in the cake's icing are better than the mustard.
see also: http://gatt.org/
Here is the true story of how Andy and Mikeùa couple of semi-employed, middle-class (at best) activists with only thrift-store clothes and no formal economics trainingùposed as spokespeople for the World Trade Organization.
In 1999, just before the big protests in Seattle, Mike and Andy set up a parody of the WTO website at the domain GATT.org. Some people mistook it for the real thing and wrote in with questions about all sorts of trade matters. Finally, Mike and Andy found themselves invited to conferences to speak as the organization they opposed. They scrounged up their savings, bought plane tickets, and went.
As the World Trade Organization, Andy and Mike delivered shocking satires of WTO policy to audiences of so-called ôexperts.ö At an international trade law conference in Salzburg, Austria, they (i.e. the WTO) proposed a free-market solution to democracy: auctioning votes to the highest bidder. At a textiles conference in Tampere, Finland the WTO unveiled a 3-foot phallus for administering electric shocks to sweatshop employees.
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