There are some interesting lessons being taught in the current unrest – lessons I don’t see others picking-up on. I have mentioned before, and I am not proud of this, but it’s real, that I was on the radical left in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. I lived in communes, hitchhiked the country, attended riots – the works. All those things that were “not wrong unless you think it’s wrong.” Like many, I was a bright kid, I could see injustice and I fell for the siren song of the dark side. In the matters following, I know what I’m talking about.
In no particular order, I think the Atlanta rioters’ attack on the CNN building is significant. How many of us have passed CNN every-other August as we make our way from the IWF venue to our hotels? How many of us have stopped for a bit to watch the kids play in the fountains at Centennial Park? To us, CNN and Centennial Park are stationary points in the wheels within wheels – the ebb and flow of trade shows, associations, suppliers, attendees, local venues, international venues, annual and semi-annual events – a kaleidoscope of business anchoring itself back to Atlanta, back to Milan, back to Cologne, back to Toronto and back to Las Vegas as the players change and companies come and go. It is part of our life.
There has been no greater sycophant for the lost causes of the left than CNN. That is a professional assessment from a media professional. It was a leader in the now-debunked Russia Collusion narrative designed to take down a duly elected president. There is not a liberal cause it has not endorsed. There is a compelling academic case to be made that CNN is the worst enemy of democracy and free speech on earth. It believes in free speech for itself and nobody else, and it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is seditious.
Therefore, it is nothing short of amazing that the Atlanta rioters would attack CNN’s headquarters – if you don’t understand the rioters. They have no respect for CNN. To them, CNN is an empty logo and a useful idiot, dutifully pandering to any pablum du jour the masters put in their bowl. But to the overall picture of the left, CNN is weak. It got attacked because it is weak and there was opportunity to occupy a symbol. There is no honor among thieves.
Why do they do this? Finally, the news media seem to be reporting the truth. They do this because those are their orders. There are outside puppet-masters. When I was attending these things, never at a high level, we were told to watch for signals. The crowd handlers would all be wearing a sign. Maybe it was an R. Crumb t-shirt. Maybe it was a style of hat, but it was an insignia – notice that this person was coordinating. I watched over the weekend to see if I can still see the captains, but I can’t. For a while I thought it was a skateboard. For a while it seems like it was a harness. But I can’t be sure what it was; I just know something is organizing.
The news talks about cop strategies – reinforcement, reserves, mobility, deploy, tear gas, flash-bangs, rubber bullets. But they miss the fact that the organizers not only have the same strategies, but that they are highly sophisticated. They counter maneuver with maneuver, tactic for tactic. They have been trained. In fact, if you distinguish yourself as an instigator, you get a paid trip overseas to learn more, a paid trip home and a cell number. Your Guy Fawkes mask is in your closet with your uniform, and you are on call. Minneapolis cops are not maneuvering against domestic hysteria; they are maneuvering against a sovereign enemy power.
There is an old description of Marxist protocols that rates people as True Believers, Fellow Travelers and Useful Idiots. I’m not sure whether that is actually the nomenclature used at the top levels of the agitators, but it works. The rioters, for the most part, are Useful Idiots. Cannon fodder. Kids with a selfie machine out for a night with a picture of themselves doing something meaningful and a new pair of Nikes. Some will die, some will go to jail. No problem. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. It is, of course, critical that the defenders are handcuffed. They cannot use lethal force. That would make us like China, Russia and Iran. This is in the playbook.
But while you’re watching, note how many young, whitish girls are confronting the police among all the other miscreants. This is by design. There is nothing so moving as a damsel in distress, and the more women get hurt, the better the propaganda. As for all the cute little whitish girls with their kitschy slogans on their midriff-baring tops, they are being used. I was there when their grandmothers were on those same streets, proudly burning bras as evidence of their power. You will note that reality sets in.
Moving over to Minneapolis, I was there, too. The West Bank was the Bohemian hangout for the indigent in those days. The riots then were Natives protesting arrests at Wounded Knee where an FBI agent was killed. The brother of a friend of mine was killed there. Bob Randall. Minneapolis is not the naïve, “Ya, youbetcha” haven of beer-swillng Norskies. Not entirely. It has a dark underside.
In Minneapolis, the inexcusable happened. The rioters targeted the Third Precinct, and the cops skedaddled. They ran, and the vermin occupied the precinct, looted it and burned it to the ground. Irrespective of whether you like or don’t like the police, a precinct building is a symbol of American law and order – American freedom from tyranny. And they ran.
This, of course, emboldened the handlers and the order went out to try for another before the cops could regroup. The attempt was made, and it failed. Thank God. But we can never again say as a culture that our institutions are safe or that they have not been defiled. And we have given the puppet-masters a win, an objective and a narrative. Minneapolis should be ashamed, because they have done this to all of us. They failed. Now we all pay.
Notably, this rioting is not about police brutality. Police brutality is not new. We have bad cops. We had bad cops in Rome, in Medieval Britain, in Renaissance Italy and in the Irish immigration. The police were brutal in the ‘60s. Looking back, maybe it was necessary.
We need to take race out of this. I really can’t understand how George Floyd’s skin color is relevant. He was a man. A son. A citizen. What happened to him appears wrong and criminal. There must be justice. However, a question remains whether Floyd was killed because he is black, or because his killer is a psychopath. Many good people go into law enforcement. So do psychopaths. There appears no way to screen for them, but they have been around forever. After all, what better career for somebody that wants to push others around?
But let’s say Chauvin is a racist. Could be, for my money. If he is, does that, then, suggest that racism is endemic in all police forces and riots are warranted? To me, it does not. To me, I see the propaganda, the results and the reporting. I do not see that a psychopath renegade in Minneapolis is cause to try and kill police in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
I see a bunch of luminaries are falling over themselves, pleading with the rioters to be peaceful. Does anybody seriously think that is productive? Seriously? The whole idea of the rioters is to discipline you. If you watch, there is nothing sane about it. Ostensibly, this one is over race. So why, then, do we see white girls and white boys looting black businesses? Why does a white girl throw a Molotov cocktail in the back of an occupied police cruiser? The luminaries can beg and cry. After all, that’s what luminaries do best. The rest of us have to deal with reality.
You are being played. The puppet-masters are not our friends. The puppet-masters do not respect color, religion or sex. In fact, we were told to recruit women. Women, they said, are emotional, weak and manipulable. In positions of power, they can be managed. Don’t shoot me. I’m just a reporter.
“Justice” in this context is just a euphemism for replacing the current political system with a new one – one in which the participants hope to take what is not theirs and make what has not been. Call it Eden, call it Utopia or call it whatever. Unfortunately, at some point on the road the shooting starts in earnest.
It all ended last time on May 4, 1970, on a football field in Canton, Ohio. All the fun. All the looting. All the excitement. The National Guard opened fire with live ammunition, and four kids were dead, and nine injured. In retrospect, it is thought the Guardsmen thought they were shooting over the heads of the crowd, but the bullets traveled over a rise about 300 yards out and hit victims there. Could be. On the other hand, 67 rounds were fired, with 13 casualties. That’s a 20 percent hit ratio, which is pretty high for random, even in a crowd.
In any event, everybody lost. America lost its innocence. Protesters lost their sense of freedom, right to expression and safety. Law enforcement lost its claim to benevolent authority.
Well, not everybody lost. The puppet masters got their goal. There was a narrative. A record. An event that lives in infamy. Cops are bad. Society is bad. Capitalism is bad. Democracy doesn’t work. Quite a legacy.
What is the end-game? Is it “justice” for George Floyd? Not a bit. Floyd was a convenient excuse. Cannon fodder. The end game is the keys to the treasury and the keys to the arsenal. The same as always, and the mercenaries get to loot. The infamous 16th Century political strategist Nicollo Machiavelli said it best: “The other and better course (than military) is to send colonies to one or two places, which may be as keys to that state, for it is necessary either to do this or else to keep there a great number of cavalry and infantry. A prince does not spend much on colonies, for with little or no expense he can send them out and keep them there, and he offends a minority only of the citizens from whom he takes lands and houses to give them to the new inhabitants.”
What is happening in America today is not about the innocent death of man by a psychopath. It is about the siege of freedom. Che Guevara said when the elements of a revolution do not exist, they can be created. It appears to me that is working. I am interested to see who comes forward to take the reins. Who is our new Lenin? He’s out there. I can smell him, and when he rises, he will have no more interest in sharing with his minions than they had compassion for CNN. That’s why they’re called idiots.