The sixties are back, this time without the fun

CUNY, early December:

In Support of Violence…The time for peace has passed, indeed it never existed in this country. It doesn’t matter if Brown robbed a convenience store, or even if he assaulted Wilson. What matters is that the case highlights the depths to which the capitalist state and its police forces will protect their own and attempt to stifle any sort of dissent…The violence of the police is almost always defensible in the eyes of the ruling elite…So, why then is the violence of the protestor so reviled? It is confounding that the people seem more concerned about the loss of property than the loss of life in the aftermath of the Ferguson decision. While there are opportunists who have used the protests to their own end, the acts of looting, destruction of property, and violence directed towards state representatives is not only warranted, it is necessary. If people could, they would target the police…

The violence of the police is almost always defensible in the eyes of the ruling elite…So, why then is the violence of the protestor so reviled? It is confounding that the people seem more concerned about the loss of property than the loss of life in the aftermath of the Ferguson decision. While there are opportunists who have used the protests to their own end, the acts of looting, destruction of property, and violence directed towards state representatives is not only warranted, it is necessary. If people could, they would target the police…During the protests in New York City in the days after the decision to not indict Wilson, thousands took to the streets empathetically chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” Some, however, went even further, shouting the slogan “Arms Up, Shoot Back!” The former statement represents an appeal to state authorities, namely the police, to cease its murderous rampage upon those living in this country…The attacks on property in Ferguson only need be redirected for a magnificent transformation of consciousness…

Calls for calm emanating from the upper strata of society are an attempt to mitigate the popular indignation that has long been bubbling under the surface of the society. The violence against property, that is destruction and theft, is only an unorganized form of something with the potential to be far more revolutionary and inspiring. To say that an all-out class war is on the horizon would be hyperbolic at this point, and maybe even myopic, but the undergirding social structures that position disenfranchised and working class peoples well below the dictatorship of capital are being pressured, the police being only one such institution. With increased organization, the Ferguson protests and riots do have the potential to transform from seemingly random attacks to ones that aim at puncturing the status quo

Fairly prescient piece, considering that today marked the funeral of Rafael Ramos, with 25,000 policemen in attendance. The mayor got the predictable reaction. We again draw your attention to the Heather Mac Donald piece addressing the big — and frankly, obvious — lies being told about cops by these ardent leftists.

They had things going their way for a little while. It was clever of the organizers to promote blocking freeways and the like, commanding media attention and making their numbers and power seem far greater than they actually were. Now it’s unclear where things are going to go. The murders of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu have produced a kind of litmus test: are you a de Blasio or a cop? America has degenerated a lot since the days of Richard Nixon’s silent majority, but that choice is still an easy call.

One Response to “The sixties are back, this time without the fun”

  1. MarkD Says:

    So, we have a clown collecting government money advocating violence against the state? A government that can use the IRS against the TEA Party can surely find a way for this grad student to be on the sidewalk, wondering what happened. He’s entitled to his opinion. He’s not entitled to have me pay for it.

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