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Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:47 AM

Here is where I write a post addressing the horrible actions of the flag burners with nuance...

(of course) I write in condemnation of the .001% of the protesters and in the process smear the 99.99% of the protesters who were engaged in peaceful action. I will ignore the 1000s of peaceful protesters in order to make it clear (with nuance, of course) that I firmly and absolutely decry the actions of the .001% Because, the nuanced response is to, of course, focus on the dozens at the expense of the thousands. The nuanced response is to define the whole by the handful.

And here I will assert my superiority over that 99.99% of PEACEFUL protesters for not being on hand to control that .001%. And I will ignore the fact that cops were standing there idly and letting that .001% define the 99.99%. And, I will turn my panties in a knot, to not only condemn that .001%, but to catapult the "nuanced" propaganda of the 1% to ensure that the 99.99% doesn't frighten the masses.

And here is where I will ignore the FACT that 10s of thousands have PEACEFULLY protested, nearly 5000 have been arrested for doing so and 100s have been injured. And I will ignore THAT message... that "they" may and quite likely will be subject to arrest for exercising "their" right to assemble... I will write no hang-wringing posts to decry the mass arrests and brutalization of my fellow citizens.

But, damnit! I will, I WILL, write and protest the burning of a piece of cloth.

With nuance, of course.

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Luminous Animal Feb 2012 OP
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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 05:49 AM

1. And what Scootaloo said here...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=250190
Did you know not everyone enjoys the luxury of wagging fingers?

Know why people are getting violent? Decade after decade after decade of being shit on, followed by being brutalized whenever you dare to speak up.

How very nice that all of us have the luxury, and the self-granted authority to say "don't be mad, bro. Don't hit back. It makes ME look bad! Fuck you, think about my image, and what you're doing to ME!"

I'm sorry people, but Occupy IS an armed conflict - it's being attacked by men with weapons, chemical arsenals, vehicles, armor, and unlimited authority over your life and limbs. And contrary to the well-wishers, these men are NOT going to lay down their batons in shame, if only you take enough of them being rammed up your ass.

The Author brings up a point - Gandhi had journalists with him on his salt march. Where are ours? Where is the sympathetic media for OWS? Where are the muckrakers, the story-breakers, the shit-shakers? Where is the representation of the Occupy point of view? This was, frankly, a luxury that Gandhi had that we no longer have. Really? it's a PR move? PR disseminated by who? By the media outlets that are owned and beholden to in total to the people you are speaking against. 3,000 people not breaking windows will become 3,000 people setting cars on fucking fire. Or perhaps it'll be "three people marched today." You cannot rely on bought-and-paid operatives.

So what now, the people in Oakland "don't count" because they kicked some shit back? They get disowned? Oh, I'm sorry. The term the author uses is actually purged.

THOSE PEOPLE need to be purged

Because they "made me look bad."

Maybe rather than beating your breasts in self-righteous, "look at me I'm so motherfucking Gandhi right now" indignation and calling for everyone in occupy to drop what they're doing and waggle their fingers at the very very naughty people of Oakland, and then, you know, excommunicating them entirely, maybe some consideration should be given to why this happened in the first fucking place.

Am I saying everyone should go out and, ahem, "stab a cop?" Of course not. I'm saying that it's really nice to have the privilege to tepp brutalized people to not defend themselves. It's nice to have the authority to tell the victims of theft to respect the property of hte thieves. Must be nice, is all.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:02 AM

4. this point has serious merit. nt

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Response to Luminous Animal (Original post)

Wed Feb 1, 2012, 08:55 AM

3. Here's a video

 

I don't see cops "standing there idly".
That said, I understand your point, but the stupid assholes are the ones who make the news. So far, Occupy Oakland hasn't condemned, or disowned, these actions. That makes it appear that they're OK with it.

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