Picking sides in Ferguson
There is no good news from Ferguson, other than the fact that as of this morning, the riots there have not spread to other cities. The arrival of Missouri State troopers to replace the Ferguson police seems to have cooled things off a bit. Still, the streets of Ferguson are tense. And it's hard to sympathize with the street thugs who are clearly using the situation as an excuse for looting and mindless violence. On one side we have the forces of barbarism and anarchy. Here, the rioters are preparing Molotov cocktails:
righteous outrage. Sure - every flat-screen TV the rioters steal is another step toward racial harmony. But as repulsive as these rioters are, I'm equally horrified at the actions of the local police, who look more like an occupation army than peacekeepers:
Department of Homeland Security have equipped many law enforcement agencies with just about everything an army needs to handle what they regard as a hostile and threatening civilian population. It's a vicious cycle. DC opens the borders while bombing the world. After the INEVITABLE domestic terror attack, a frightened population submits to the government adopting even more authoritarian measures to "protect" them. When will we learn that the machinery of empire is creating the very tyranny it's supposed to be protecting us from?