Reconsidering the Past, One Statue at a Time Reply

All of these statues could be replaced with statues of MLK, Gloria Steinem, and Harvey Milk, and it would still be the same system we have now. A change in iconography or a change in managerial personnel does not change the system.

By Sarah Mervosh, Simon Romero and Lucy Tompkins

New York Times

The boiling anger that exploded in the days after George Floyd gasped his final breaths is now fueling a national movement to topple perceived symbols of racism and oppression in the United States, as protests over police brutality against African-Americans expand to include demands for a more honest accounting of American history.

In Portland, Ore., demonstrators protesting police killings turned their ire to Thomas Jefferson, toppling a statue of the founding father who also enslaved more than 600 people.

In Richmond, Va., a statue of the Italian navigator and colonizer Christopher Columbus was spray-painted, set on fire, and thrown into a lake.

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Victor Davis Hanson | Protests Are More French Revolution Than American Reply

Most of my politics are the polar opposite of VDH’s and Eric Metaxas is a fuckhead but Hanson raises some interesting points in this. Regrettably, the uprising has also unleashed beyond-parody levels of totalitarian humanism in some corners. I disagree that the current situation is on par with the French Revolution, not by the widest stretch of the imagination. After all, the Republicans are still the ruling party in many institutions. Most protestors are merely protesting police brutality, which is obviously a real issue. Most rioters/looters are sports hooligans or economic self-seekers, not Bolsheviks.

But the totalitarian humanist ideology that is now prevalent in the ideas industries is essentially a minor league reworking of the kinds of extremism that came out of the French Revolution, which is a major tradition within left-wing thought, and which repeated itself in the Communist (Russia, China, Korea, Cambodia) and other totalitarian revolutions of the 20th century (Nazism, Khomeinism, Talibanism, etc.).

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GOP backs Gorsuch’s LGBTQ decision after conservative blowback Reply

The standard left/right pathological obsession with the Supreme Court as justification for electoralism has been totally debunked. The “God Hates Fags” crowd may be pissed, but the Republican leadership and their plutocratic benefactors couldn’t care less. More wage slaves, more fodder for the imperial legions, more voters to dupe…

By BURGESS EVERETT and MARIANNE LEVINE

Politico

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Video appears to show moments before shots are fired at New Mexico Juan de Onate statue protest Reply

Don’t get into fights with anyone over statues, folks. Someone was killed over this stuff in Charlottesville. Someone got shot in Albuquerque. Guns were drawn a block away from my residence the other night. It’s not about who is right. It is about who remains alive and who doesn’t.

Watch the video.

One man was shot during a protest when a struggle broke out while protesters attempted to remove a statue of conquistador Juan de Oñate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Video from the incident shows the suspected gunman being hit with a skateboard before gunshots are heard

Stay Away from the Hysteria-Mongers Reply

By Vince

There’s a youtube video circulating claiming that outlaw motorcycle clubs are heading to Seattle to fight Antifa. The video uses years-old footage and provides no evidence whatsoever. The founder of the Hells Angels confirmed that this was fake, saying that this will “never happen.”

There are a ton of rumors out there, and this one appears to be promoted by rightwingers who would like to believe that all the tough-guy bikers are on their side. But this one is fake. There are actual fascist gangs and rightwing counter protesters confronting protesters across the country. In addition to legitimate news stories and videos I have witnessed this with my own eyes here in Portland.

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First came a pandemic. Then, looting. Small businesses pick up the pieces as their debt mounts. 1

A reflection on the problem of interclass and intra-lumpen proletarian conflict.

Many positive things have happened in the uprising. These include the mass participation of normies and civilians (non-revolutionaries) in protests and civil disobedience against the state, along with direct attacks on the state such as the destruction of enemy military bases (police precincts), star chambers (courts), and enemy military vehicles (police cars).

The outright assassinations of enemy troops (cops), mostly carried out by Leon Czolgosz-like lone wolves, has been unnecessary and mistaken, because we are not yet in a high-intensity civil war situation, only a low-grade uprising. The insurgents have no capacity for fighting much less winning an actual civil war at this point.

There have also been many other mistakes involving random violence against individuals, along with interracial, inter-tribal, and inter-sectarian violence. Inter-class violence has also been a problem. The direct expropriation of ruling class resources (“looting,” or what I prefer to call a grassroots economic stimulus plan organized from the bottom up and implemented through direct action) is legitimate. Places like Bank of America (neo-usurers), Wal-Mart and Target (neo-plantations), Amazon (neo-manors), McDonald’s, and Wendy (neo-sweatshops) are clearly part of the statist, capitalist, and imperialist enemy. One can argue against such actions on practical grounds (corporations write off losses as a business expense), propagandistic grounds (FOX News-like outlets use such actions in their anti-insurgent propaganda), or pro-labor grounds (employees lose their jobs if their employer is burned out). It could certainly be argued that worker occupation of such places would be a better approach. But clearly, attacks on the neo-manorial outposts of the neo-aristocracy are legitimate.

However, this does not mean that all interclass violence is legitimate. It would be a grave error, for example, to engage in arson in upper-class residential areas, or simply to attack people who seem like that might be part of the capitalist class on the street. This opens the door for a Jacobin/Stalinist/Maoist class genocide. Even more problematic is the interclass violence that has taken place between the lumpenproletariat and the conventional proletarian or petite bourgeoisie. These kinds of things have the same effect as the destruction of monuments, landmarks, temples, and artifacts, i.e. it provides propagandistic fuel that the ruling class enemy can use to its advantage.

The intra-class violence, or threats of such, within the lumpenproletariat is also a major problem. Primarily, this is the fault of the anarchists and other far-left sectors, but not for the reasons that Donald Trump would give. The anarchists, who should be the political leadership of the lumpenproletariat, have failed to build class unity among the lumpenproletariat. For example, anarchists have protested against ICE on anti-racist/pro-immigrant grounds, but have they exhibited similar zeal for defending gun nuts and militiamen against the BATF, drug users against the DEA, tax protestors against the IRS, sovereign citizens against the FBI, “white-collar criminals” against the DOJ, and, yes, urban street gangs, motorcycle gangs, Mafiosi (Bill Kuntsler was John Gotti’s attorney), cults (Charles Garry was the attorney for the Black Panthers AND the Peoples’ Temple), and (hold your nose) white nationalists and far-right extremists against the local municipal pigs, state pigs, and federal alphabet soup agency pigs? Have the anarchists adopted the mode of “defending the undefendable”? Nothing would undermine the ability of reactionary state forces to recruit the right-wing of the lumpenproletariat than efforts by anarchists and the general far-left to defend ALL (I repeat, ALL) enemies of the state as vigorously as they defend illegal migrants against ICE.

Of course, the difference is that illegal migrants are considered to be “progressive” (fueling cosmopolitanism or “diversity”) while these other sectors are considered to be “reactionary” (the modern equivalent of Marx’s “non-historical peoples”). This indicates that most “anarchists” or “far-leftists” are really just Blue Tribe fundamentalists first, with their anarcho-progressivism merely being an afterthought, and who are not yet ideologically and psychologically ready to launch a full-fledged war against the state even if they were militarily capable of doing so, which they clearly are not.

By Leticia Miranda

NBC News

Salih Mothana came home so quietly after he surveyed the damage to his small grocery store in Chicago that his family had no idea their business had been destroyed. Looters had raided the family store after a night of peaceful protests against police brutality ended with pockets of destruction last weekend.

“I understand why it happened, and it’s OK,” Mothana, a Yemeni immigrant, said in Arabic as his daughter translated. “It’s not like I have to blame someone for this. I understand why this happened. If it sends out the message, it doesn’t matter to us.”

Mothana, who has run Express Food Market on the South Side of Chicago for over 20 years, is one of scores of small-business owners across the country who are now trying to pick up the pieces after social justice protests over the killing of George Floyd.

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Harper Lee and Mark Twain banned by Minnesota schools over racial slurs Reply

Decades ago, I saw some idiot televangelist waving a copy of Brave New World and railing against it as the most evil book ever, obviously not understanding what the book was about and apparently thinking it was some kind of political manifesto. Probably the best argument in favor of the leftist idea of universal human equality is that people of all ideologies, religions, and skin colors seem to be equally stupid.

By Rozina Sabur

Telegraph

Novels by Harper Lee and Mark Twain have been pulled from school syllabuses in Minnesota over fears their use of racial slurs will upset students.

The Duluth school district said it was removing To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum because their content may make students feel “humiliated or marginalised”.

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Assault-style rifles seized near Lee monument in Richmond: Police Reply

This happened a block from my residence. A lot of people in the area are concerned that another Charlottesville is going to happen locally.

News Leader

RICHMOND — Police arrested a man and seized three assault-style rifles and one handgun after a late-night confrontation near the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, authorities said Friday.

Drivers in several pickup trucks and individuals on bikes exchanged words early Friday near the Lee statue before one of the trucks ran over a bicycle while fleeing the area, police said in a news release.

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Police detain armed militia members after man is shot at Albuquerque protest Reply

By Katie Shepherd

Washington Post

Protesters in Albuquerque wrapped a chain around the neck of a bronze statue and began tugging, chanting, “Tear it down,” shortly before sunset on Monday. Their efforts to pull down a monument of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate suddenly stopped as four shots rang out.

Most people instinctively turned toward the noise, videos from the scene show. A few screamed. Just yards away, a group of militia men sporting militarylike garb and carrying semiautomatic rifles formed a protective circle around the gunman.

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The killer priests of the Spanish Civil War Reply

The history of the Catholic Church in Spain was similar to the racial history of the United States, i.e. a lengthy of oppression. During the 1936 revolution, leftists used this history as a license to go on an anti-Catholic rampage. Meanwhile, Catholics had their own “Alt-Right” and many, many, many “Charlottesville writ large” situations resulted. Not a good path to follow.

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From 1936 through 1939, the Nationalist rebels warred against the government of the Second Republic of Spain. During the war, Francisco Franco ascended above other Nationalist generals and was recognized by Nationalist Spain — and fascist Germany and Italy — as the undisputed Generalissimo of Spain. In March 1939, the Republic of Spain surrendered to the Nationalists, ushering in Francisco Franco’s fascist dictatorial regime.

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Catholic persecution in the Spanish Civil War Reply

The Spanish Civil War is Exhibit A of why inter-tribal and inter-sectarian violence and the destruction of the places of worship, sacred artifacts, historic monuments and landmarks of other sects and tribes is ALWAYS a bad idea. Also, see France, Russia, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.

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The trouble had been brewing a long time, and in mid-July, it finally boiled over. Units of the army in Spanish Morocco rose up in rebellion. The Spanish Civil War had begun.

Seventy-five years later, the bloody struggle that followed from 1936 to 1939 stands as one of the traumatic events of the 20th century. Historians see it as setting the stage for World War II. As many as a million people, civilians included, might have died in a conflict that pitted class against class, ideology against ideology, unbelief against faith and left a shattered nation.

The Catholic Church was one of the main sufferers. Thousands of priests, religious and laypeople died for the faith in execution-style killings. British historian Michael Burleigh called the killing of clergy and religious “the worst example of anticlerical violence in modern history,” surpassing even the French Revolution for that dubious distinction. Of claims that the Church brought it on itself, Burleigh said, “Even then it was fashionable to blame the victims.

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Calls to remove ‘racist’ Gandhi statue in Leicester Reply

BBC

A petition to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Leicester has received nearly 5,000 signatures.

The online petition accuses the Indian independence campaigner of being “a fascist, racist and sexual predator”.

Last year, students from Manchester called for a similar statue of Gandhi to be removed because of his “well-documented anti-black racism”.

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