Minneapolis: Now This Fight Has Two Sides

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    • #321072
      Voltairine
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      An anarchist analysis and call to action:

      https://crimethinc.com/2020/05/28/minneapolis-we-have-crossed-the-rubicon-what-the-riots-mean-for-the-covid-19-era

      Whether you agree or not with anarchism, it’s good to be as informed as you can be and listen to the many sides of this conflict to understand better their narratives, motivations and conduct.

      Hopefully those who follow WSWS for trotskyite approach share their viewpoints, and others add other voices they find.

      Aloha!

    • #321075
      Voltairine
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      This victory over the police by thousands of people taking sustained action daily in the face of massive police violence, mainly young zoomers and millennials, represents a historical moment. As expressed in hours of interviews conducted by Unicorn Riot on the ground in the midst of the uprising, the revolt is not coming from the activist Left, nor from “progressives” or “liberals,” but instead from the local base of proletarian youth in Minneapolis. While the uprising has had a very multi-racial character, across the board there is an understanding that the entire anti-Black system of racialized capitalism must be destroyed.

      As night wore on, solidarity demonstrations were kicking off across the so-called United States. Anarchists organized solidarity demonstrations and marches in Portland and Olympia, while students in Oakland blocked a freeway entrance. In Sacramento, street marches took place, while riots broke out in Fontana, which broke windows at City Hall. Meanwhile in Los Angels, two days of protests were organized, with people on Wednesday blocking the 101 freeway; busting out the windows of a police car that attempted to drive into demonstrators. Finally in Phoenix, rowdy street marches gave way to riots, as people lobbed rocks at the Phoenix Police Department.
      https://itsgoingdown.org/police-precinct-torched-in-minneapolis-as-government-buildings-stormed-riots-spread-in-solidarity-with-uprising/

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      • #321080
        Ohio Barbarian
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        How will the ruling class respond? In the United States, Trump and his supporters will charge that Democrats can’t control the states they govern, using this to stoke racist fear among the beneficiaries of white privilege. Centrist Democrats will claim that this sort of unrest is what happens when rule of law is not respected in the White House, hoping to regain power nationally—even though Minnesota is under Democratic governance right now, and the law has always been an instrument of white supremacy. The institutional Left will present themselves as intermediaries, offering to get us out of the street and under control in return for a few concessions.

        That’s spot on, right there. That’s exactly what they are already doing.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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      Earthartist
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    • #321085
      snot
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      that they seem to believe that if we just get rid of all the bad guys, we won’t need government anymore – some kind of leaderless, crimeless society will spontaneously arise in its place.  If we could get rid of entropy along with the bad guys, maybe that would be true, but.

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

      • #321115
        Voltairine
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        Anarchists object to institutional hierarchies based on violent coercion. Instead of centralized top down government and class society we are looking for practical ways to build decentralized peer-to-peer society based on free association.

        There’s always room and need for genuine and good leadership – which doesn’t mean institutional bosses going “Either you obey or cry and obey!”. Genuine leadership works primarily by power of example and power of initiative based on free association. Nobody should be forced to obey, genuine leadership is about serving, not bossing, and each and every is responsible for good leadership and showing good example in various life situations, from parenting to project leaders etc.

        If and when someone behaves in a way that a community can’t tolerate, and if nothing else works, the solution is expulsion from community.

        Aloha!

      • #321129
        Voltairine
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        Neutralize the immediate danger with least physical force required, and when the thugs surrender and stop threatening public safety, protect also their physical safety from heated emotions.

        You can see how the protective group action in the end happens by their own initiative and according to well rehearsed intervention with their own bodies. An example of anarchist action to protect public safety for all.

        Aloha!

    • #321112
      lownslow
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      Most of the youngs are more social anarchistsSocial anarchism is the branch of anarchism that sees individual freedom as interrelated with mutual aid. Social anarchist thought emphasizes community and social equality as complementary to autonomy and personal freedom. … Social anarchism has been the dominant form of anarchism. I shouldnt have said most of the youngs; a lot of the young anarchists today,  its kinda a libertarian form of socialism with a lot of elements that appeal to me personaly

      • #321118
        Voltairine
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        I’ve been waiting for younger libertarian socialists to start to realize the potential of blockchain ledger and start to make good use of it… for socially owned monetary system(s) where money is created directly as UBI and/or co-op shares, as the near term practical solution to our most burning problems. Any news on that front?

        Aloha!

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