leave well enough alone
- Jan 29, 2010
I think it'd be great if we dispense with the "peaceful protesters" thing. It's pretty silly to drive people to this point of anger and then not expect some violence and property damage. We've seen some peaceful protests broken up with force, and we've seen violent riots let run amok. This is a huge movement and it's going to have the whole gamut.
Besides, violence and property damage is what works in this country. True non-violence worked once upon a very specific time against the English. Doubt it ever really works on Americans. We need a certain amount of lashing out to take anyone seriously, and we definitely need a pretty high level of mayhem to get the kind of media cycle that changes the discussion.
Also, I'm not saying the cops are acting badly in this situation. For the most part they are probably just as much cogs in a broken system.