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Submitted by lefttown on

can be found here:
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Hedges also critiques the black bloc for its supposed “hypermasculinity,” engaging in a gender essentialism that belies his inability to keep up with contemporary radicalism. In Oakland, part of the militant march on Move-In Day was the “Feminist and Queer Bloc.” I’m sure they would be quite surprised to learn that self-defense against violent police thugs and petty vandalism is actually a man’s activity!

After the Move-In Day, the Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan, asked the Occupy movement to “disown” Oakland because they were militant, uncompromising, and because they were willing to engage in the kinds of “class warfare” that Hedges once praised in Greece....We should reject the attempts to divide us by the likes of Quan, Jensen, and Hedges and, more importantly, reject the lies and distortions embedded in these facile “critiques.” Shame on you, Chris. If you want to denounce “violence,” you might use your time to target the police and Mayor Quan instead of doing the work they’ve asked Occupy “leaders” to do for them.

Submitted by lambert on

Graeber can't at the same time claim that Hedges has good intentions, and then proffer a Godwin's law trigger.

The whole thing looks like any stick to beat a dog, to me. That kind of writing stinks and is a horrible tell (and all the worse for being a very effective polemic).

As for the off point response, surely there's a place for BOTH/AND instead of EITHER/OR? We've all seen the "But why won't they condemn the ______" trope a million times from the Republicans, and it doesn't wear well on violence advocates in the Occupy movement either.

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

So, the question of "Black Bloc: Pro or Con?" is not one that can be answered abstractly. It should only be answered by direct participants in a mass movement who collectively debate and deliberate together in an open, democratic spirit. To think that a few self-apointed "experts" could answer this question for everyone in a couple of widely-publicized internet debates misses this crucial point.

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