4 comments on “Denver Day Two: The Anarchists Parade, The Cops Come Down

  1. Jumpingjacks- I agree with you. There are lots of reasons for the poor state of the movement (and it’s piss poor). For example I imagine if there were a draft the anti-war mood of the the country would be seen more forcefully. The fact that this mood is ambivalent on Afghanistan also helps to confuse the issue. Another is the change in the opposition to the occupation in Iraq itself.

    We shouldn’t forget that part of the problem reflected in Denver isn’t simply the isolation of the radicals, but the total bankruptcy of the liberal wing of the anti-war movement who have demobilized in support of the Dems for the upteenth time on the false pretense that they will deliver. That can’t simply be laid at the left for not presenting themselves as a viable enough alternative. Now are radicals isolated? Absolutely.

    Is part of the problem the self-importance, and frankly a little stupidity, shown by some of the anarchists at yesterday’s demos (and certainly present in its different guises by some of the far left)? You betcha. We’re in bad shape. We have lots of work to do.

    The point, in part, is to take the long view as Jessica has pointed out in her comment. Rhetorically, should there have been no demos? Should the left say, “shit we’re in bad shape, let’s stay home when the war criminals gather?” I, for one, am glad they didn’t even though I completely recognize the lousy context in which we find ourselves, some of it of our own making, most of it the fault of a general political decline in Late Imperial America (these are not separate problems of course).

    Things never stay the same, Things will change, maybe even for the worse for a while. That’s the situation we find ourselves in. In my opinion, it doesn’t negate the need for alternatives to both the war party and their liberal abettors to be posed, even if the left can only muster it’s own, meager, immediate forces to pose it.

    RBR

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  2. I am of the belief that the level of protest in Denver reflects, for worse not better, the general state of anti-war activity in the U.S.

    I am curious what the people who post and/or comment on this blog think about this proposition.

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  3. Ric,

    I am with you on this one. As Kenny Rogers (not the Tigers pitcher) once wafted “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em/know when to fold ’em/know when to walk away/and know when to run”. Comrades do better work out of jail than in. The food sucks too. The cops are more than happy to assist in the symbolism of the demonstrators. Arrests like these scare the shit out of people. Why give them what they want? Good luck to Blake and all of those arrested- if there are appeals for support we will gladly help. Stay safe comrade, the reports are much appreciated!

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