Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Ferguson Riots – (almost) everything you hear is wrong or stupid.

Well, a policeman killed an unarmed citizen.  That was surely unfortunate, but in a country of over 300 million people no matter how hard we try things like this will happen.  Hopefully a careful investigation will uncover how exactly this occurred.  If the policeman really did shoot an unarmed man for no good reason, then he is guilty of murder.  If there was a good reason, then the policeman should be exonerated.  If the issue is murky, then a jury will have a difficult call to make and I don’t envy them.  That’s how these things go.

Almost everything else, however, is such a jumble of nonsense and not connecting the dots that I really don’t know where to start.  In particular, the comments on the ensuing riots and the police response to them are effectively incoherent.  Let’s try and cut through the nonsense.

1. The police response to the riot was way over the top.  Let’s ignore the Iraq-war surplus military toys that the police used and their absurd arrests of those snotty reporters and focus on one simple thing:  armed police pointed loaded weapons at civilians that were not a threat.  That is an outrage.  When a human is taught to handle a firearm, they are told to never point a gun at anyone – even if they think it is unloaded – unless they mean to use it. 

Imagine that you are a regular person walking down the street minding your own business, and for whatever reason the police want to clear it.  You expect that they might take out their megaphones and say: “Your attention please, for blah blah reason everyone needs to clear the street.”  But suppose that, without provocation, they unholster their weapons, release the safeties, and point their guns at your head and start screaming at you.  You would be pretty freaked out, wouldn’t you?  Guns go off.  They are dangerous. 

When a policeman points a gun at a person who is not a threat, and the gun ‘accidently’ goes off and kills them, that’s not an accident.  That’s manslaughter.

2. The police response to the riot was pathetically weak.  Store owners were left to fend for themselves, and only store owners with their own guns were able to prevent their property from being looted. 

So on the one hand the police were pointing guns at non-threatening people and generally carrying on like an occupying military force, and on the other hand they were refusing to maintain order and protect the property of law-abiding taxpayers.  The worst of both worlds!  It should have been the other way around.  What are they smoking out there anyhow?

3. The rioters were mindless scum.  That’s self-evident.

4. The rioters have a point but it’s not racism, it’s class war.  The problem here is that people can’t earn a living through honest work.  No, really, they can’t.  Middle-class whites with advanced degrees and a strong work ethic are increasingly unemployed and many past the age of 50 will NEVER work again in any capacity, not even running the night shift at a Walmart.  Telling poor blacks to pull themselves up by their bootstraps is bullshit.  THERE ARE NO JOBS.  LOW-SKILL JOBS HAVE ALL BEEN GIVEN AWAY TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. At least, the ones that have not been shipped overseas have.   Higher-skilled jobs have increasingly been given away to legal immigrants. 

When people are crushed into the dirt, when they have no hope for the future, why shouldn’t they get angry?  Frankly, the main problem is that not enough Americans are angry.  Are you all sheep?

THERE IS NO CONTRADICTION BETWEEN SYMPATHIZING WITH THE RIOTERS AND DESPISING THEM. If a person whips a dog, it will become vicious.  You blame the person who whipped it.  But you still don't trust the dog, and probably want to keep it locked up so it won't bite you.  Yes?

5. The riots are just another bad effect of an open-borders immigration policy

From the corporate press we hear about compassion for all these third-world refugees flooding on over the border.  What about compassion for your own fellow citizens whose jobs these illegal immigrants will steal?  What about compassion for the poor black children whose parents will never be able to support themselves, whose fathers have been rendered useless by their inability to earn a paycheck?  What about children who, unless they are fortunate enough to be affirmative-action legacies like the Obama kids, will never be able to aspire to anything?

What’s happening to poor blacks is effectively a pogram.  The rich have decided to replace uppity unionized black laborers with docile servile Latin Americans.  Blacks have been cut off from their source of income, herded into ghettos, and left to rot.  But don’t worry; it won’t stop with the blacks.  You’re next.

6. Al Sharpton is a disgusting corrupt corporate tool.  Blacks should be outraged at the cheap-labor open-borders immigration policy, they should be screaming about all these anti-American trade deals, and livid about giving trillions to Wall Street while starving the real economy of capital.  But that would never do.  So the rich use their shills to deflect the legitimate grievances of poor blacks (which are the same as the legitimate grievances of poor whites, and poor Asians etc. etc.) into endless talk of ‘racism’.

Why do you think Al Sharpton gets so much coverage in the corporate press?  Why do the rich give him the spotlight?  Because he works for them!  Maybe deliberately, maybe as a useful idiot, it doesn’t matter.

Don’t look at the rich person stealing your jobs and your savings – no, lets be angry about poor white trash!  Al Sharpton and those like him serve a useful function in deflecting legitimate anger into dead-ends, and playing divide-and-conquer between working class blacks and whites.

Blacks: Don’t talk about how the rich are driving you into the ground, no, instead worry about white policemen killing your unarmed children!

Whites:  Don’t talk about how the rich are driving you into the ground, no, instead worry about black rioters raping your women!

What a load of chumps.

7. Even if the rioters have legitimate grievances, they have to be put down.  If an angry mob rips you limb from limb you are still dead no matter their reasons.  It would be better if we could have a society where anyone willing to do some honest work could support a family, but that’s not the society we are living in.   As the screws tighten on the working class, we will have to run our society like a slave labor camp – because our society will BE a slave labor camp.  Brutal uncaring militarized police will be part of that society.

8. You, and people like you, are going to be the ones rioting next.  Regardless of whether it is due to nature or nuture, American blacks are on the bottom rung of the economic totem pole, and have the least social cohesion.  So of course they will be the first to riot.  But not the last.

Imagine that it is you and your family that has been confined to a ghetto, that you have no job, no prospect of getting one, you scrape by on increasingly threadbare ‘welfare’ and one day some Nazi police officer guns down your best friend.  Would you riot?

Perhaps you are made of sterner stuff.  That’s OK, the downwards pressure won’t stop there.  Now imagine that food is running short, and one of your children dies of a disease that could have been easily cured but the medicine is unaffordable to you, and another of your children has a bad cough that won’t go away and you can’t get them enough food for them to recover their strength, and your knees hurt, and there is no work, and you see some rich bastard making fun of a poor beggar with no legs.  Still think you won’t riot?

Different people and different cultures have different breaking points – but there is ALWAYS a breaking point.  Every racial and religious group has a record of riot and rebellion when the misery gets too bad.  Pity we couldn’t have pulled back when there was still plenty to go around.  But then how would the rich make more money if people were getting paid more than fifty cents an hour?  I mean, you've gotta have your priorities.

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