Posted by Curt on 29 August, 2020 at 4:20 pm. 13 comments already!



Why do they call it “public broadcasting” when it promotes actions against the public interest? What do we pay our tax dollars for “public radio” that advocates theft in the midst of rioting? On Thursday, NPR’s blog “Code Switch,” with the slogan “Race In Your Face,” posted an interview promoting a new book titled In Defense of Looting. This tweet says it all for us:

Publishers Weekly‘s review sells the book on Amazon: “Osterweil debuts with a provocative, Marxist-informed defense of looting as a radical and effective protest tactic…a bracing rethink of the goals and methods of protest.”

NPR’s Natalie Escobar summarized author Vicki Osterweil’s current take:

Now, as protests and riots continue to grip cities, she argues that looting is a powerful tool to bring about real, lasting change in society. The rioters who smash windows and take items from stores, she says, are engaging in a powerful tactic that questions the justice of “law and order,” and the distribution of property and wealth in an unequal society.

Escobar blandly asks the author to paint a “Marxist-informed” picture of why radicals loot:

It gets people what they need for free immediately…

It also attacks the very way in which food and things are distributed. It attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions. It points to the way in which that’s unjust. And the reason that the world is organized that way, obviously, is for the profit of the people who own the stores and the factories. So you get to the heart of that property relation, and demonstrate that without police and without state oppression, we can have things for free.

What kind of madness is this? If people just steal everything to “have things for free,” how does society function? Escobar asks about small businesses being devastated by looting. Escobar asked about neighborhoods losing essential businesses. There are apparently NO essential businesses.

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