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A glimpse into the mindset of an anarchist

Post by Kim Bradford on April 23, 2010 at 11:36 am |
April 27, 2010 9:15 am

We aren’t the only ones who think the Olympia protest-cum-riot earlier this month was a debacle. The anarchists who staged the demonstration are apparently not happy with the results – and not just because three-fourths of them ended up behind bars.

Someone who claims to be one of the “State Street 29″ dissected the protest at an online clearinghouse for anarchist news. The upshot of the post: The rampage was a failure because it caused some damage but didn’t wreak total havoc.

If the purpose of the march had been to localize the maximum amount of damage possible, then we could have made the action much more devastating than it was. The police practically handed us this opportunity. Perhaps we are at fault for not better seizing these potentialities and only smashing a few windows. But the real problem lies instead at our inability to completely communicate the march’s intention as being a demonstration, rather than a riot. Because of this lack of communication, the results fell sloppily somewhere in between these two poles.

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