We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think what's a little different this time around is that more people are catching on to the "protest" scam a lot quicker. People have legitimate anger and want to protest what happened, but they're beginning to distinguish between that and the anarchy being fomented by outside radical agitators. Those bastards can burn and loot, but they can't hide anymore.
Interesting here in Chicago, where the local big media seem to be busy obscuring/trivializing last night's events. The big media key word, following the narrative, is "protests." Smaller sources like Second City Cop and CWB, indicate looting and at least one case of gun fire. Hard to get any detailed coverage, but it appears that the violence started in the Loop and spread to the Gold Coast. That's several miles worth of travel, or coordination of "bad guy" actions. So far, Chicago seems to be handling things. Some credit has to go to CPD. I've seen how they use the bike patrols as mobile responders and as hard line barricades. These young kids work hard.
P.S. Spent about 19 years in the Twin Cities. Beautiful place. Sad and sickened to see a guy in cuffs and on his stomach murdered by police and then a bunch of animals (wherever they're from) use that as an excuse to act like animals.
Good point. I, too, see many parallels between the late sixties/early seventies and today. Yesterday's launch of U.S. Astronauts on a new rocket was one of them. Back in those days we witnessed great achievements in space contrasted with rioting over the Vietnam war. I wonder if this time we'll have another Kent State moment.
Antifa black flags (mostly young, white, liberal, boys dependent on their parents) are using the protests as an excuse to start riots - throwing rocks, starting fires, etc. Once someone starts breaking windows it is easy for others in the crowd to justify the same.
When the the riot has momentum Antifa blends into the crowd as walks away.
Mobs do not have minds. Mobs react emotionally. They'll do what excites them - smash windows, loot, burn things, kill people. Mobs are not rational. Mobs are not logical. But mobs can be turned into weapons. We've seen that time and again throughout history. All it takes is for someone or some group to instigate the mob, give them a target, then stand back and let the mob do its thing.