The protesters are lame and the reason for the huge security costs. Breaking windows and throwing stones is not a legitimate way to protest.
I support free trade. It is the way to prosperity and the way to lift the poor out of their poverty. As Den Tandt writes, let the protesters go and get a job. Don't damage the property of Canadians.
There is nothing quite so smug, contemptuous and vainglorious as a G8 (now G20) protester.
If you’re an honest grunt looking for someone to blame for the bloated mess this weekend in Toronto, look no further. And if you’re a fellow traveller who thinks there’s cachet in running amid the teargas, think again. You’re full of it.
You have no credibility. You are not on the side of the great reformers of modern history — Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi. You are not striking a blow in defence of the poor. You are not helping women, blacks or aboriginals.
You are smashing stuff. If you like smashing stuff because doing so makes you feel good, then you’ve this count in your favour: You’re one of the honest ones.
It all started in Seattle in 1999. A group of international trade ministers and finance gnomes gathered at the Washington State Convention and Trade Centre. They were quickly joined by about 40,000 protesters, angry about a variety of things but focused mainly on the great evil of globalization.
And of course they were joined by a small but determined band of anarchists who love nothing more than to, as Alfred the butler says in the second Batman film, “watch the world burn.” The conference was a disaster. The anti-globalization movement, such as it is, was born.
More from Jonathan Kay.