How To Have A Successful, Violent, Riot

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    Apr 28, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
    From our good liberal friends at Salon, how to make sure your violent riot produces the intended results:

    Strategies I might suggest, and important questions I think we should try and answer as we plan or find ourselves involved in political actions are these:

    * Are we harming state and private property, or are we harming people, communities and natural resources? Is the result of our action disrupting state and corporate violence, or creating collateral damage that more oppressed people will have to deal with (i.e., Black families and business owners, cleaning staff, etc.)? Are we mimicking state violence by harming people and the environment, or are we harming state property in ways that can stop or slow violence? Are we demonizing systems or people?

    * Who is in the vicinity? Are we doing harm to people around us as we act? Is there a possibility of violence for those who are not the intended targets of our action? Are we forcing people to be involved in an action who many not want to be, or who are not ready?

    * Who is involved in the action? Are people involved in our action consensually, or simply because they are in the vicinity? Have we created ways for people of all abilities who may not want to be present to leave? Are we being strategic about location and placement of bodies? If there are violent repercussions for our actions, who will be facing them?

    We should attempt to answer as many of these questions as possible before action occurs, in the planning stages if possible. We also need backup plans and options for changing our actions in the moment if any of the agreed-upon conditions are not the same when it comes time to act.
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    Apr 29, 2015 11:48 PM GMT
    We'll see if the "protesters" in NYC this evening take a page out of the above.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 30, 2015 12:13 AM GMT
    We shall see if any violence breaks in any city, especially the older northern cities that have been ruined by longtime democratic monolithic rule.