Lawlessness

I came of age in the 1990s, in the era of the bandit wars and Wild West capitalism in the former USSR. We saw 1,500% inflation. We experienced everybody we know losing their jobs. We saw everybody’s – EVERYBODY’S – life savings getting wiped out overnight. Literally. We went through several currency changes. One country disappeared. Another country began. Everything changed. Even the way we wrote addresses on envelopes changed. What we ate, how we ate it, what we believed, what we knew about the world. It all changed.

And throughout all that, I never saw such lawlessness as is happening now in New York, Chicago, Portland and Seattle.

I’m so completely enraged by these “protests” because these are people who have been handed everything, every opportunity on a silver platter. They haven’t been through any of the shit I listed above. And the only reason they are shitting on everything is because they know there will be crowds of people who’ll clean up after them and make it all pretty again.

I’m like a poor kid watching a spoiled rich brat trash a roomful of expensive toys with the certainty that mommy and daddy will buy even better ones tomorrow. That the brat is convinced his tantrum is justified makes no difference.

12 thoughts on “Lawlessness”

  1. Have you written this post after watching the latest Tucker?

    I know many readers don’t like to watch him, but the first story on American cities was informative for this non-American. It’s the first 17 minutes of the show.

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        1. I can see it on the Fox site, but can’t click into it. So annoying! I have been trying to send it to someone else, and can’t find a working copy. Maybe that means everyone in the universe is trying to watch it on the fox site right now– it won’t load.

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  2. Example of relevant info from Tucker:

    // Cities Make It Impossible To Rebuild Businesses
    In Minneapolis, [leaders’] latest plan is to make it harder for business owners to clean up downtown in the wake of the riots that destroyed it. In order to obtain a “demolition permit,” the city is making businesses prepay the second half of their 2020 property taxes. Many cannot afford it. They have no businesses left. That means the burned up properties will remain standing, husks, monuments to the protests that were actually riots.

    An interview with an immigrant Muslim business owner follows.

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    1. It’s the oldest strategy of intimidation used by abusers. Parents who beat their children, abusive husbands leave the stick or the strap in plain view and don’t allow the victims to remove it as a reminder of the abuse.

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  3. Interesting quote.

    QUOTE

    One of the great dangers is that religious ideas are in politics. The line that I use is that, if you believe that your ordinary political opponents are not merely mistaken, but are evil, you have ceased to do politics and begun to do religion.

    Collins: Why does the Elect have to go as far as to ‘cancel’?

    Bottum: Look, you wouldn’t want a Satan worshipper turning up at your Church on a Sunday. You would drive them out. But of course these people don’t live in churches any more. This is what happens when those old ideas break loose and become modes of behaviour in politics. They don’t want these people in their church, but their church is politics. Their congregation is Twitter. They want these people not to exist, they want them banished. There are the power reasons for this: look at how powerful I am; I am a 17-year-old kid, and I had a major US corporation kow-towing to me. But there’s also this kind of religious sense that we can’t let sinners into the church. That’s what shunning was for, to get people to confess their sins, to realise their sinfulness. That’s what we’re doing now – it’s just that the church, the locus of faith, is no longer your congregation on Sunday. It’s public life.

    This demand that politics somehow solve everything is an apocalyptic, religious sense of politics. For hundreds of years American jurisprudence has worried about the impact of religion on politics. What’s really extraordinary is that it is finally happening – politics is becoming religionised – but it’s being done in the name of anti-religion.

    From

    Wokeness: old religion in a new bottle
    Joseph Bottum on how the decline of Protestant America fuelled the rise of identity politics.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/08/14/wokeness-old-religion-in-new-bottle/

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    1. Maybe I find this so hard to understand is precisely that I grew up outside of any religious tradition and our society was generations removed from this way of thinking.

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  4. A very good UK article (with data) about “Racialising the crisis in policing” draws attention to how the focus on race obscures the centrality of class and “disrupts the possibility of solidarity among working-class communities” which could lead to change. It also draws attention to the agency of young minority men and the real problem with policing, which has nothing to do with individual racism of officers. (I put it at the end of the quote.)

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/08/07/racialising-the-crisis-in-policing/

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    // Adolph Reed Jr, a left-wing academic from the University of Pennsylvania, has explored the limits of racialising social problems in the American context.

    Reed’s argument is that class … is the often-ignored context for issues raised in the context of anti-racism. Reed cites research that suggests 95 per cent of police killings occurred in neighbourhoods with a median family income of less than $100,000 – that is to say, in poorer areas. What is more, according to Washington Post data, the states with the highest rates of police homicide per million of the population were among the whitest in the country.

    {ABOUT UK] The focus on racial disparity in stop and search, and the treatment of it as a predominant injustice affecting the working class today, allows those in power to legitimise a wholly dysfunctional system of drug laws.

    This reliance on the law to solve social problems, largely in working-class communities, was fostered by New Labour in the early 2000s, when it introduced a network of laws targeting low-level offending, including, most famously, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).

    The police tweet about Black Lives Matter protests, but will run away from their obligation to protect predominantly black, working-class estates. They label an estate ‘red’ on the Gangs Matrix, while being unable to protect its residents. This is not the fault of officers on the street. Nor is it due to the few who may still harbour racist prejudices. Rather, it is the product of a police force that is legally driven and financially pressured to over-police petty conduct and under-police serious crime. It is this dynamic that lies at the heart of our ‘anti-racist’ police force today.

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