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  •  That's exactly (6+ / 0-)

    what the forces of reaction say when ever protests occur. They accuse protestors of trying to provoke violence from the police (which absolves police of their over reactions), suggest that they do not fit in some way withs norms of deservingness (as if the First Amendment has a dress code) and insist that today's protestors are different from earlier ones. And most of all, insist that if there is anything thrown or broken (which did in fact happen in 60s civil rights protests) that that meant everyone was violent and deserved brutality.

    The differences are not fundamental, whether we are talking about the protestors, the violence the face or the rhetoric of reaction used to justify it.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

    by David Kaib on Sat May 05, 2012 at 08:09:23 PM PDT

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