Anti-war demonstrations are a form of militant lobbying. Even radical direct action and civil disobedience aim to convince power-holders to do something different. This faith in government is misplaced.
Yet another surge of COVID-19 has people wondering if this pandemic will ever end. It cannot end as long as disease is structured into the global chain of production. Until that changes, community lockdowns, vaccines, and travel restrictions can only slow viral spread, giving new variants time to emerge.