When a movement says, “silence is violence,” it is no longer democratic, but a totalitarian movement that opposes the very essence of choice — the right to be apolitical.
Mass movements with ostensible democratic goals start out toward benign change, but their successes only feed a hunger for greater political transformation.
Left to the streets, that hunger is attracted to the extremes as the extremists are attracted to it.
When the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, who has passionately sided with the opponents of police brutality, is heckled out of a demonstration because he refuses to commit to the mob’s demand to defund the police, that is shoving someone into the theater of the absurd.
In the world of realpolitik, you build coalitions where you can find them. In street theater, you ignore political reality to shove an important ally away.
The demonstrations over the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer have descended into the absurd. Peaceful demonstrations, during the day, have been amplified by dysfunctional violence at night.
How is the quest for racial justice helped by looting a department store or burning out a black-owned restaurant already teetering on the verge of collapse, having been closed by the pandemic?
At some point, the rioters and looters will go home, leaving in their wake the burned-out rubble belonging to the lower black bourgeoise.
These black businesses will never reopen because the future insurance premiums will be too high. Already, there are complaints that the marauders on Chicago’s southside have created food deserts with vandalized groceries that no longer can operate.
Among the most important functions of breaking the barriers of de jure discrimination was the creation of a viable black middle class.
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