6.2.17

THAT SHIP SAILED LONG AGO.

Truthdig's Chris Hedges proposes to subvert Mr Trump and Make America Ungovernable.  But the seeds of the incipient fascism he fears were planted long ago, and not by the Koch brothers or Amway.  "Once what the historian Guglielmo Ferrero calls the 'silken threads' of habit, tradition and legality are gone, the 'iron chains' of dictatorship will impose social cohesion."  Habit, tradition, and legality have been deconstructed, thank you very much, as Othering, Privilege, and Technologies of Oppression.

And now Mr Hedges wants to present himself as on the side of the angels?
If nonviolent protest is met with violence, we must never respond with violence. The use of violence, including property destruction, and taunting the police are gifts to the security and surveillance state. It allows the state to demonize and isolate a mass movement. It drives away the bulk of the population. Violence against the state is used by the authorities to justify greater forms of control and repression. The corporate state understands and welcomes the language of force. This is a game the government will always win and we will always lose. If we are perceived as a flag-burning, rock-throwing, angry mob that embraces violence, we will be easily crushed.

We can succeed only if we win the hearts and minds of the wider public and ultimately many of those within the structures of power, including the police. When violence is used against nonviolent protesters demanding basic forms of justice it exposes the weakness of the state. It delegitimizes those in power. It prompts a passive population to respond with active support for the protesters. It creates internal divisions within the structures of power that, as I witnessed during the revolutions in Eastern Europe, paralyze and defeat those in authority.
It's a little late for that.

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