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    Grabber by the Heel

    Telling Occupiers that nonviolence is a two-way street is just pandering to resentment and implicitly rationalizing those who break the principles of the movement.  And telling the police does no good if they want protesters to respond violently.  The only pertinent observation is this: If you want to succeed, then dignity and nonviolence are to be pursued with fanatical commitment in both word and deed, not as some kind of begrudged favor to preen over as if merely refraining from being destructive is a saintly act of charity.  Being nonviolent is the absolute, bargain-basement minimum qualification for a movement claiming to represent what we represent, and it is not predicated on any level of respect from authorities beyond failing to deploy death squads.  

    Democracy? You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

    by Troubadour on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 09:29:45 AM PST

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