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The World Bank, the WTO and the pro-free-trade first-world press have pulled out all the stops in their efforts to portray the protestors as a rag-bag of luddites, protectionists and economic illiterates, only to find that the protest movement had put down roots in so many separate areas of social life -- churches, unions, students, the professional-managerial classes -- that such misconstruction merely damaged the credibility of the vilifiers.
The mailing screams with fright about homosexuals and "radical feminists," "Big Government liberals" and vilifiers of religion in general and Catholics in particular.