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    wisdom and insight in your piece, born of your experience. As there is wisdom and insight in Hedges' piece, born of his experience:

    The Black Bloc movement is infected with a deeply disturbing hypermasculinity. This hypermasculinity, I expect, is its primary appeal. It taps into the lust that lurks within us to destroy, not only things but human beings. It offers the godlike power that comes with mob violence. Marching as a uniformed mass, all dressed in black to become part of an anonymous bloc, faces covered, temporarily overcomes alienation, feelings of inadequacy, powerlessness and loneliness. It imparts to those in the mob a sense of comradeship. It permits an inchoate rage to be unleashed on any target. Pity, compassion and tenderness are banished for the intoxication of power. It is the same sickness that fuels the swarms of police who pepper-spray and beat peaceful demonstrators. It is the sickness of soldiers in war. It turns human beings into beasts.

    “We run on,” Erich Maria Remarque wrote in All Quiet on the Western Front, “overwhelmed by this wave that bears us along, that fills us with ferocity, turns us into thugs, into murderers, into God only knows what devils: this wave that multiplies our strength with fear and madness and greed of life, seeking and fighting for nothing but our deliverance.”

    Similarly, there is an alternative view to your assertion that "[i]t is good for the powers that be to know, via a small warning shot of a broken window or burned flag, that we are deadly serious." And that is Ken Kesey's reminder that "broken glass is against civilization."

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