Fortunately, The Ethics Argument Regarding The Riots Is A Slam Dunk. Unfortunately, An Astounding Number Of People Don’t Care Enough About Ethics To Acknowledge This.

Olivia Gatwood, the woman who wrote that provocative tweet, is a Los Angeles feminist poet who, presumably, has never heard of the Golden Rule, nor any other ethical system. Yet her analysis is hardly an outlier. In fact, it is a fair summary of the ethical basis of anyone’s position who accepts, excuses, or “understands” the behavior of the George Floyd insurrectionists. They don’t even have the old, perverted utilitarianism stand-by, “the ends justify the means” to claim as justification. What ends? As I am sure I have noted too many times here already, they have no serious or practical answer to the 13th Question: “What is the “systemic reform regarding race in America” that the George Floyd protests purport to be seeking?” I think it is fair to say that if the enablers of the rioters had a legitimate answer to that question, or indeed if they had even given it serious thought, we would have heard or read it by now. “End racism!” isn’t an answer. Neither is “End white supremacy (as we choose to describe it to bootstrap our political objectives.” Nor is “End over-incarceration without addressing the disproportionate criminal activity that creates it.”

Thus all the injuries, deaths, property damage and social division accomplish nothing, except emotional release. Emotional release is not an ethical objective—not at these prices.

Let’s  look at the just the attacks on police and law enforcement and the injuries they caused; this is the “fuck police” section of Gatwood’s exhortation.  Listing property damage in detail is too complicated. The list below comes from Fox News; you wouldn’t expect any other news source to compile such a list, would you? It’s also two days old, so you can assume a current list would be even worse.

Albany, N.Y.

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly throwing a brick at a police officer during a Saturday night clash between authorities and protesters. The officer was treated and released from a hospital.

Asbury Park, N.J.

Several protesters were arrested and an officer was injured Monday following heated verbal exchanges between demonstrators and law enforcement, NJ.com reported. An officer was taken to a hospital with a head injury after some threw rocks at the police.

Atlanta

Motor Officer Maximilian Brewer was struck by an ATV Saturday night while blocking traffic near protesters in the city’s downtown. He underwent surgery and is still recovering, WXIA-TV reported. The 42-year-driver driver of the vehicle was arrested on a slew of criminal charges.

The city also fired two officers for using excessive force on a pair of college students while placing them under arrest.

Brockton, Mass.

A separate riot after a peaceful protest erupted in the Boston-area suburb Tuesday night that saw a state trooper and several Brockton police officers suffered minor injuries, according to WPRI-TV.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Two law enforcement officers were struck by a vehicle Monday and another was run over during a demonstration in front of the Buffalo Police Department’s E-District. A New York State trooper and a Buffalo police officer were hit and another trooper was run over, authorities said.

The trooper who was run over suffered a shattered pelvis and a broken leg. The other trooper and Buffalo Police officer were treated for minor injuries, authorities said.

Champaign, Ill

Hours of unrest resulted in riots, looting and several police officers reportedly assaulted. They suffered minor injuries, Newschannel 20 in Springfield reported.
People carry signs as they march Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

An officer was saved by a ballistic helmet when a bullet struck the protective covering Sunday.

Columbia, S.C.

More than a dozen people were arrested and 15 law enforcement officers were hurt during Saturday protests, according to media reports. Three Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and 12 Columbia police officers were injured. They were all expected to be OK, WBTV reported.

Chicago

The Chicago Police Department reported Monday that 132 of its officers had been injured during violent riots.

Davenport, Iowa

An undercover Davenport police officer in an unmarked police vehicle was struck twice by gunfire early Monday after several gunshots struck the vehicle. Two other officers inside were uninjured, WQAD-TV reported. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital. The officer’s status was not clear Tuesday.

The trio was called to the area to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

Denver

A hit-and-run injured three Denver police officers Saturday night and a bystander, police said. Two of the officers have been released from the hospital. A 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the incident.

Harrisburg, Penn.

A pair of Pennsylvania Capitol police officers were released from the hospital following a chaotic protest in Harrisburg on Saturday while responding to calls to assist city police.

Las Vegas

A Las Vegas police officer was on life support after being shot in the head late Monday during a protest. A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of discharging a gun where a person might be endangered.

The officer remains in critical condition, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Another shooting was reported at the Foley Federal Building Monday evening, according to the paper. Officers fired upon a man “who was armed with multiple firearms and appeared to be wearing body armor,” officials said. It was not clear if the man was shot or was involved in the protest.

Some 12 officers were injured Friday in a similar demonstration.

Los Angeles

Amid several nights of destructive clashes, 27 Los Angeles police officers sustained injuries, Police Chief Michel Moore told police commissioners Tuesday, according to City News Service. Two officers — one suffered a fractured skull and the other a broken knee — are recovering at home.

Lynchburg, Va.,

Protesters allegedly shot at officers during a Monday evening protest. No injuries were reported.

Minnesota

Shots were fired at law enforcement officers near a Minneapolis police station last week. On May 28, another police precinct in the city was set ablaze as violent protests surged in the Twin Cities region.

Maryland

Four Prince William County Police officers were injured Saturday night and several police cars were damaged after officers attempted to shut down a protest, the Prince Williams Times reported. Officers reported rocks and other objects being thrown at them.

New York City

Dozens of NYPD officers have been injured and police vehicles have been damaged amid the ongoing protests. The NYPD has also been criticized for its perceived hard-handed response to demonstrations across the city.

 Dozens of police vehicles have been torched and hundreds have been arrested on various criminal charges, including burglary.

In another incident in the Bronx captured on social media, an NYPD officer was seen being struck by a vehicle in what appeared to be a deliberate hit-and-run.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating yet another incident in Brooklyn on Wednesday where an officer was stabbed in the neck and two others suffered gunshot wounds in a random “unprovoked” late-night attack.

Oakdale, Calif.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries Wednesday during a tense confrontation between protesters against police brutality and counterprotesters. The officers were injured when they intervened during a fight between people from both groups.

Oak Lawn, Il.

A total of three police officers suffered non life-threatening injuries during disturbances Monday, according to Oak Lawn police chief Randy Palmer.

Oakland, Calif.

Several shots were fired at Oakland police headquarters early Monday. No injuries were reported but three people were detained. A federal law enforcement officer was also shot and killed Friday night by someone in a vehicle at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building, the FBI said. Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, was providing security at a U.S. courthouse.

Another officer was injured in the same shooting, the law enforcement agency said. The officer’s condition was not clear Tuesday.

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Police Department reported multiple assaults on officers since protests erupted in the city last week. Several officers were injured over the weekend while attempting to enforce crowd control. Multiple police vehicles were also set ablaze.

Pittsburgh, Penn.

Nine police officers were injured Monday during confrontations with protesters. Some protesters threw objects and canisters at the police, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The officers were treated at a hospital and released.

Richmond, Va.

Two Capitol police officers were hurt over the weekend after they were hit by objects Saturday night. One officer reported being hit with a baseball bat and the other with a beer bottle. Both are expected to recover, WWBT-TV reported.

Rhode Island

At least nine law enforcement officers were hurt when violence erupted in Providence early Tuesday morning, WPRI-TV reported.

Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento police said seven of its officers suffered minor injuries from being hit with objects Friday.

Salt Lake City, Utah

One police car was torched and 21 police officers were injured Saturday during a night of civil disorder. One officer was hit in the back of the head with a baseball bar, officials said. The officers all received medical care.

San Antonio

Officers were pelted with bricks and bottles following a peaceful protest, injuring at least three, according to KSAT-TV. Authorities made it clear that protest organizers were not to blame.

San Jose, Calif.

An officer was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and several others sustained minor injuries during a May 29 rally after being hit with rocks and bottles, KGO-TV reported.

Santa Ana, Calif.

Two police officers — one from the Santa Ana Police Department and the other from nearby Anaheim — were injured during a Sunday night protest and hospitalized. Both officers were hit by projectiles in the head, The Orange County Register reported.

Secret Service

Around 50 Secret Service agents were injured late Sunday as rioters set fires near the White House and authorities conducted searches for car bombs in the nation’s capital. Some agents were hurt from incoming bottles and Molotov cocktails in Lafayette Park, just across from the presidential residence.

St. Louis, Mo.

A retired police captain was fatally shot early Tuesday by looters at a pawn shop, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The slaying of David Dorn, 77, was reportedly broadcast on Facebook Live. No arrests have been made.

Hours earlier, four police officers were shot in the downtown area amid ongoing rioting. The officers were shot early Tuesday where a group had been clashing with police, KMOV-TV reported.

Two officers were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and another was shot in the arm.

Washington, D.C.

Officials in the nation’s capital said 11 police officers were hurt during demonstrations Sunday evening. The officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and one officer was expected to undergo surgery for a leg fracture after being hit by a brick, WTOP-TV reported. On top that, more than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, some by Molotov cocktails.

Wichita, Kan.

Authorities said three officers were hurt Monday night when some in a crowd threw rocks, bottles and cinder blocks at law enforcement. Three officers required stitches, KWCH-TV reported.

43 thoughts on “Fortunately, The Ethics Argument Regarding The Riots Is A Slam Dunk. Unfortunately, An Astounding Number Of People Don’t Care Enough About Ethics To Acknowledge This.

  1. It is obvious to anyone with two brain cells that the call to defund the police would have to eventually eliminating the need for any government at all. If the police are defunded who will be charged with enforcing laws? Without an enforcement arm of government the government cannot implement any rules. Without any ability to implement rules it cannot prosecute infractions. Therefore, we can defund the judicial system and save money. I wonder how that will sit with the trial lawyers?

    If the government comes for my taxes I’ll say piss off you ain’t the boss of me. Without my taxes those relying on gubmint to give them things will be forced to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, jobs will be scarce because without a means to protect property rights no one is going to invest in areas with a history of violence and looting. Would you? So the likelihood is they will lash out and try to take my stuff. In the end, it will all be determined by who has the most firepower. I am preparing now for that eventuality.

    This has all been brought to brought to you by the NEA and public school teachers everywhere. Academics you will have shot yourselves in the head because without law enforcement you can have no property rights. Without property rights you will have no investment, incomes or taxes. And without property rights the government or institutions that employ you have no money to pay you.

    The ivory towers in which you sit will not stand to the siege that will be coming when all those people find out how you have played them.

    • The call to de-fund the police, in context is a call to end local police forces. It’s really going to become a call for a national-level policing agency.

      Make no mistake (and I’ve been predicting this for almost a full decade now), the DNC will eventually shift their message to a nationalized police force. All the sycophants and the brainwashed masses taking part in these protests who have been conditioned to think all of these problems are Republican problems will immediately think the DNC’s idea is just peachy.

      The bullet points can already be anticipated- police under federal control will have better oversight and accountability they’ll say.

      Funding will be more uniform and equal across the board, they’ll say.

      Vetting and training will be more uniform, they’ll say.

      Only, a nationalized police force will be a damned nightmare for liberty and accountability.

      One of the problems with current police forces is they are TOO centralized…even at the city level. Police can literally live and be an un-immersed in their assigned communities as they want. This is a problem.

      Hyper-centralization leads to greater ability to protect and hide bad-acting police officers, as we’ve witnessed.

      No…they aren’t calling to “abolish” or “de-fund” police in any absolute sense. Really, the Left just wants to remake the police in their image AND reassign them to a higher authority.

      The citizens of the Republic should be terrified when they hear that messaging come out. And it won’t be long now.

      • Constitutionally the policing power belongs to the states. The Feds are only supposed to get involved in certain things: bank robbery, kidnapping, civil rights violations (though that was only to stop obvious state abuses), counterfeiting, national security offenses, immigration offenses (although apparently the Feds are only supreme there if there’s a Democrat up top), etc. The Feds are not supposed to get involved in exclusively state crimes, even homicides, leave alone dealing with every traffic ticket, street fight, or simple burglary. This isn’t France, which is a national and not a Federal state and where the gendarmes, from patrolmen on up, answer ultimately to the Minister of the Interior. This isn’t Italy, where the Carabinieri are considered the “fourth armed force” and the State police were all merged into one national police force in 1981. The Democrats try something like that, and this will not be America anymore.

          • Oh, they care about it enough when they can use it to beat up on the other side, but that’s about it. When it comes to things like the Electoral College or free speech or the right to keep and bear arms, it’s an annoyance to be changed or worked around.

          • Fortunately for the DNC, they don’t care about the Constitution. They care about becoming just another old world nation state where everything is centralized.

            It seems absurd to me — naive, childish — to believe that it is the DNC that is responsible for the militarization of the US as a nation. The events of 9/11 provoked a response which directly attacked so-called *Constitutional freedoms*. I have read articles from around that time that described a necessary *Israelization* of the US. Who is responsible for the rise of the Surveillance State?

            The desire of states and nations, when there are not sufficient controls (checks), always tends in the direction of increasing state power and breaching the domains of liberty.

            How does the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic and lockdown fit into this? And now this next, ultra-strange, nationwide rebellion with the threat of the use of the military?

            There is a developing perspective — I would say that it is neither Left nor Right but seems to position itself between both, and use materials (perspectives) from both that can be understood by viewing the website Activist Post: Alternative News and Independent Views and their reading list.

            I do not think it is possible to state with absolute certainty what is going on within the halls of power as they, and for their own reasons, confront the present.

            • Yes, Alizia; we are in the midst of a series of paradigm shifts of epic proportions and long-lasting consequences. In my 52 years on this rock, I’ve never experienced so much fear and anxiety for what the next few years will bring.

          • Reading an article in today’s Times (“Trump and the Military: A Mutual Embrace Might Dissolve on America’s Streets”) I have the distinct sense that now the writer of this article, and whatever ideological forces stand behind the *news analysis*, are working to foment a division in the military echelons.

            “There is a thin line between the military’s tolerance for questionable partisan moves over the past three years and the point where these become intolerable for an apolitical military,” said Douglas E. Lute, a retired three-star Army general who coordinated Afghanistan and Pakistan operations on the National Security Council for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and later became the American ambassador to NATO. “Relatively minor episodes have accumulated imperceptibly, but we are now at a point of where real damage is being done.”

            “As that team walked across Lafayette Park with the president,” after the heavy-handed clearing of a peaceful demonstration, he said, “they crossed that line.”

            “Right now, the last thing the country needs — and, frankly, the U.S. military needs — is the appearance of U.S. soldiers carrying out the president’s intent by descending on American citizens,” John R. Allen, a retired four-star Marine general, wrote in Foreign Policy. “This could wreck the high regard Americans have for their military, and much more.” Last year, 73 percent of the public in an annual Gallup poll reported either “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the military, making it the highest of the institutions polled.

    • Spot on, Chris. There is little critical thought in these proposals.

      Good woke mayor that he is, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his intentions on Wednesday to divert hundreds of millions of dollars of city funding away from police and law enforcement, and instead redirect it to “communities of color. He wants to divert $150,000,000 from the police budget to redressing issues of race relations. (I figure Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton can show him how and where to spend it.) The Black Lives Matter response was amusing. Check it out: Co-founder of Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter, Melina Abdullah, said that even this measure doesn’t go far enough in her opinion, saying that Black Lives Matter “won’t be bought off with just this minimal amount of money.”

      There is never enough cash to go around because this really isn’t about cash. it’s about power*. The will to wield power over the “system” is what is desired. BLM wants separate legal, political, economic, geographic, and social structures specifically intended for Black citizens. It is the New Apartheid reigning supreme.

      jvb

      *Ed. Note: See, Alizia? I can do that hard work and ask the hard questions and reach the hard conclusions. When do I get my cookie?

  2. I think the last proposal I heard was the used of rapid response social workers and community leaders instead of police. It’s pretty much hopeless.

    • I can’t imagine a social worker or community leader running into a shop to stop an armed robbery. Is the plan to reason with the armed felon? Perhaps figure out their issues mid-crime? Seems like a great solution in high crime areas.

      • Can you imagine the conversation?

        Setting: A nondescript convenience store on the corner of Huntington and Vine. 9;23 a.m. on a partly sunny Tuesday, with 30% chances of rain sometime that day. Store Clerk is restocking the Little Debbie Moon Pies, when an agitated person enters the store brandishing a firearm.

        Robber: “This is a robbery!”
        Store Clerk: “Hands up! Don’t shoot!”
        Robber: “Give me all your cash!”
        Store Clerk: “Sure! Don’t shoot.” (Presses the emergency call button under the counter.)
        Robber: “C’mon! Why are you dawdling?!”
        Store Clerk: “My boss changed the password on the cash register and didn’t tell me the new one. I am trying to reset the password so that I can give the money to you but the WIFI is down and it’s taking longer than it should. Give me a second.”
        Robber: “WHAT?! Smash the damn thing and give me the cash!”
        Store Clerk: “Hey! Don’t be so pushy! And don’t use that kind of language. This is family-oriented business and there might be children around. Besides, we all have problems. Why, this very morning my cat escaped and I am heartsick she is lonely, so give me a break.”
        Robber: “Oh, for the love of Pete! I don’t give a damn about your cat! I want the cash!”
        Store Clerk “Back off, jerk. I am very stressed out and you waving that gun in my face makes me nervous.”

        (Meanwhile, the distress signal has been sent to, and received by, the Mission Valley Rapid Response Social Justice League, Precinct 420, Team Robbery Stoppage Unit, which has mobilized its team of specially trained social workers. They are busy checking their backpacks to make sure they have all of the things they need to deal with an armed robbery in progress. The team has just arrived on the scene.)

        Robber: (Losing what little patience they had left) “Hurry up!”
        Store Clerk: “Wow! You are a pushy one, aren’t you? What’s wrong? Mommy didn’t love you?”
        Robber: “Don’t talk about my mom. That woman is a living saint. Just give me the money!”

        (Enter Team 420 Robbery Stopper)

        Team Leader: (In very friendly and calming tones) “Please stop what you are doing. We represent Team 420 from the Mission Valley Rapid Response Social Justice League. We are here to see if we can reach a peaceful resolution to this difficult situation. Please put away that frightening gun. It might scare people. Now. What seems to be the problem from your perspective, Store Clerk?”
        Store Clerk: “Well, I was having a stressful morning because my cat escaped and I could not find her and I am worried sick she might be lonely. Then, all of a sudden this person stormed into my store, pointed the mean looking pistol at me, and demanded all of the cash. My boss doesn’t trust me and changed the register’s password so I can’t open it. Robber, here, hurt my feelings by yelling at me.”
        Team Leader: “Oh, I see. And you? By the way, thank you for putting the gun away. Tell me your story.”
        Robber: “Well, after suffering from a lifetime of political oppression, and in solidarity with my oppressed brothers and sisters, I realized that part of the country’s problems is directly related to economic inequities that have lasted for centuries. In an attempt to redress societal injustices, I requested the cash on hand so that I can redistribute it to those in need.”
        Team Leader: “I hear you and appreciate your lack of political and social power. Tell me, is this a classic redistribution of wealth incident or is it based on systemic injustices?”
        Robber: “Uh . . . systemic injustices, too, I guess.”
        Team Leader: “That’s what I thought. When we were dispatched, we understood this to be a purely economic issue; but we also realized that there may be more to the issues at hand. Don;t worry, we are highly trained to deal with these problems. That’s why I brought Form 7188B, which is called ‘Application to Redress Systemic Injustices.’ Would you please fill out the top part? I will take care of the rest.” (Robber complies.)(Team Leader turns to Store Clerk) “Thank you. Where were we? Oh, that’s right. Systemic injustices. Right. Store Clerk, what do you have to say about your privilege and what do you propose to make amends for that privilege?”
        Store Clerk: “Privilege? What privilege? I don’t have any privilege. Besides, I just work here. If anyone is oppressing anyone, it’s the owner of the store. The owner exploits consumers by charging excessive prices of the goods in this store and pays the employees less than a living wage. We have to hold down 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet. So, no. I don’t have any privilege.”
        Team Leader: (consulting with Rapid Response Privilege Agent) “Can you provide Store Clerk with Form 7, Privilege Assessment? We need to determine what level of privilege Store Clerk has. Otherwise, we can’t really proceed.”
        Robber: “This is ridiculous. Give me the money or someone is going to get hurt!”
        Team Leader: “There is no need to take that tone. We are just doing our jobs here. Have you finished filling out Form 420 yet? (Robber shaking their head) Please do so. We can’t force you to do so but our agency requires the Form to be filled our or our funding may be cut. Help us out here, please. I know these are stressful times but we really need to have the proper paperwork or there will be delays in the process.”

        (Meanwhile, Store Clerk fills out Form 1430P, and Privilege Agent quickly reviews it.)
        Privilege Agent: “Thank you. I gather that you perceive yourself to be from an historically disadvantage minority group. Is that correct? (Store Clerk nods.) Understood. Are you aware that our Agency has programs in place to assistance those in need of assessing their privilege? (Store Clerk shakes their head.) Great. Let me give you the Privilege Assessment Package (handing an packet containing important information discussing privilege and what it entails)(turning to Team Leader) It seems that Store Clerk has not been properly educated on what privilege is and who does and does not have it. I recommend that we refer this matter to the Privilege Committee. They are in a better position to determine what the next step should be.”
        Team Leader: “Agreed. There is so much going on in this case that we really need more support.”

        (Unknown to the Mission Valley Rapid Response Social Justice League, Robber has left the store.)

        Team Leader: “Now, Robber, where were we? Robber? Robber? Are you here? Store Clerk, have you seen Robber?”
        Store Clerk: “While your team was reviewing the paperwork, Robber told me they had withdrawn their request for the cash, hoped that my cat returned, apologized and left the store.”
        Team Leader: “Oh. Didn’t know that. Thank you for updating me. Well, this incident has been addressed. We will return to our offices, fill out the proper forms and keep you updated on any changes or progress.”
        Store Clerk: “Thank you. Take care.”

        jvb

      • They will have a “non-violent public safety and outreach capacity” as they are discussing in Minneapolis.

    • This is what I heard. I heard the money from defunding the police should be redirected to them.

      Of course, I can’t help but wonder, who came up with this demand? I kinda suspect it was… “community leaders.”

  3. The 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality:

    Two Men BRUTALLY BEATEN After Trying To Stop Looting In Downtown Madison

    (bolds/italics/caps mine throughout)
    “According to the Madison Police Department, just before 2 a.m., two men who were taking part in peaceful protests downtown attempted to confront a woman who was causing damage to property and looting at the intersection of Gorham Street and Henry Street. THAT’S WHEN THE PAIR WERE ATTACKED WITH 2X4’S AND POSSIBLY A CROWBAR BY SEVERAL LOOTERS.

    ”One of the men had to get TWELVE STITCHES on his face, and the other suffered MULTIPLE BROKEN BONES.”

    • I have yet to figure out when viciously kicking people in the head or “stomping” on people’s heads became acceptable behavior.

    • Heh! “White man’s justice” is looking like an ideal alternative.

      I’m sure glad Mattis the Craven is out of the way.

  4. Come on, Jack. Chill. This is what police get paid to do! It ain’t so bad.

    (How any society gets people to work as police officers is beyond me.)

  5. In my more imaginative moments I can envision defunded police officers becoming modern day Ronin, I can only hope that most would pursue careers as bodyguards or mercenary security personnel rather than turning to crime.and banditry.

  6. There seem to be some similarities to the more vociferous radicals of the 1960s and 1970s only better organized and far whiter. I wonder about our level of responsibility? All those who reminisce about the cultural shifts and participation in the 1960s did we create a nostalgic need for this generation? Maybe pacify them with some Che tee shirts? Woodstock failed so maybe give it another try?

    In the 60s my participation was simple: A wish for change, a chance to get laid, and something to do. Probably a good portion of this type of “idealism” is present today? The exception would be the Antifa pajama boys (and girls) who have exhibited enough brutality to be compared with the most virulent of cops.

    The destruction apparently is a materialistic version of wilding. I would have far greater sympathy if this upscale riff-raff decided to also burn the high-end goods they pilfered along with the property. Apparently the best way to make a message to the aberrant capitalist is to steal the goods.

    I have long been an anti-gun advocate even to the point of blasphemy of calling for a change to the Second. I have had my share on this blog, but I am now contemplating getting a gun license and- naturally – a firearm.

    I have enjoyed with delicious delight watching the Democrats – in whose litter box most of this is occurring – attempting to walk that fine line of satisfying their base and making some type of weak gesture to those who actually think looting is a real crime.

    • I agree. The ’60s have been romanaticized and the forty and under set seem to want to have their revolutionary moment. Maybe they’ll learn from what followed the ’60s: the ’70’s (Disco Fever) and then the ’80s (The Wolves of Wall Street). Who knows, maybe this will turn out for the better. The money and jobs will dry up and maybe they’ll realize the country needs a functioning economy!

    • “…a chance to get laid, and something to do.”
      Some things never change:

      [video src="https://nextdoor.com/post/150201629/attachment/45d0757c16215b62d5b26949eb68a7a0/transcoded-FullSizeRender.mp4" /]

      • Well, that didn’t work. It seems like linking has gotten progressively worse here. Procedures that used to show a chosen video, pic or link now sometimes don’t even result in a working, or even copy and paste, usable link..

  7. On top that, more than 50 Secret Service agents were injured, some by Molotov cocktails.

    That can’t be true. I have been assured by the very best people that the demonstrators in front of the White House were “largely peaceful” and that Trump’s decision to disperse them by force was one of the worst atrocities in American history.

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