“It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small business owner must be respected, that the small business owner creates jobs and is part of the community.”
The lunacy of the left has no boundaries. Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio recently interviewed a writer who has written a book which defends looting as a legitimate form of protest.
This is an open defense of crime.
This is from Natalie Escobar at NPR:
One Author’s Argument ‘In Defense Of Looting’
In the past months of demonstrations for Black lives, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about looting. Whether it was New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying that stealing purses and sneakers from high-end stores in Manhattan was “inexcusable,” or St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter saying looters were “destroy[ing] our community,” police officers, government officials and pundits alike have bemoaned the property damage and demanded an end to the riots.
And just this week, rioters have burned buildings and looted stores in Kenosha, Wis., following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, to which Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has said: “Peaceful protesting is a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Rioting is not.”
Writer Vicky Osterweil’s book, In Defense of Looting, came out on Tuesday. When she finished it, back in April, she wrote (rather presciently) that “a new energy of resistance is building across the country.” Now, as protests and riots continue to grip cities, she argues that looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society.
The rioters who smash windows and take items from stores, she says, are engaging in a powerful tactic that questions the justice of “law and order,” and the distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society.
This is being partially funded with our tax dollars:
Can you talk about rioting as a tactic? What are the reasons people deploy it as a strategy?
It does a number of important things. It gets people what they need for free immediately, which means that they are capable of living and reproducing their lives without having to rely on jobs or a wage—which, during COVID times, is widely unreliable or, particularly in these communities is often not available, or it comes at great risk. That’s looting’s most basic tactical power as a political mode of action.
It also attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions.
At one point the author comes right out and says that small business owners do not deserve respect, do not create jobs, and are not part of the community:
What would you say to people who are concerned about essential places like grocery stores or pharmacies being attacked in those communities?
When it comes to small business, family owned business or locally owned business, they are no more likely to provide worker protections. They are no more likely to have to provide good stuff for the community than big businesses.
It’s actually a Republican myth that has, over the last 20 years, really crawled into even leftist discourse: that the small business owner must be respected, that the small business owner creates jobs and is part of the community. But that’s actually a right-wing myth.
The author just assumes that there will always be goods available for the taking. People who think like this have never known real hardship. They take the convenience of everyday life for granted.
I recently asked this question on Twitter:
What happens when riot torn cities become food deserts?https://t.co/k2JsMrKClz
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) August 29, 2020
Some people on the left know how bad this look is for their side:
Author of "In Defense of Looting" says the idea that "the small business owner must be respected" and "is part of the community" is really "a right-wing myth" that has "crawled into leftist discourse."
If this anarcho-grad school discourse crawls into the left, we're fucked. pic.twitter.com/Ar6LDvibwf
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) August 29, 2020
For a counterpoint @npr should interview business owners, some brand new to this country, who watched in horror, sometimes fearing for their lives, as looters destroyed their livelihoods with lasting consequences for everyone in the neighborhood. https://t.co/5oSyczE9Am
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) August 29, 2020
Other people have noted the irony:
A few months ago it was that looting wasn’t really happening. Now it’s looting is good, actually https://t.co/KPdAy6VH6K
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) August 29, 2020
Of course this delusionally romanticized justification of looting as "joyous and liberatory" comes from a white lady with "ACAB" in her Twitter username https://t.co/oJMwCJJtKv pic.twitter.com/kQZKLJkuo8
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 29, 2020
ACAB is an expression used by Antifa members. It stands for ‘All Cops Are Bastards.’
It’s time to defund NPR.
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