Saturday, August 23, 2014
Anthony on some of those outside agitators:
A rule of thumb about these kinds of groups that come in and try to hijack high profile local protests is that any of them that advocate or encourage violence are not in it for the benefit of the people who live there. Those people will leave, the people who live there will be the ones who have to live with the aftermath of their exciting and titillating violence. This is especially true when there is some intellectual program thought up in some other place, like San Francisco or by a bunch of white intellectuals who never have to live with the results of the violence they call for, when that violence has to stop, as it always does, the Revolution it was supposed to incite delayed for future opportunities.
Especially stupid are the anarchists who would have all civil authority end, leaving communities to be governed by those who always rise up whenever the police leave, gangsters and gangsters who war with each other as they terrorize, rob and exploit the people who have no choice but to live there. And I will repeat that, we know what would happen under anarchism because it happens in any section of a city or country where there is a vacuum of civil authority and police presence, the gangs take over. The problem in Ferguson was that the police were a white occupation army in a black community, the answer to that is to have an effective police force which is part of the community.
Media types rely too much on the 'outside agitators' trope, but that's not to say there aren't opportunistic groups and individuals who are like revolutionary moths to the flame of unrest. It's a pretty clear line the difference between supporting people in their struggle for justice and making it all about you and your precious agenda.
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Also too, you can't rule out the possibility of undercover cops inciting others to violence.
Posted by: George Montgomery | Aug 24, 2014 11:36:24 AM