Thursday, August 27, 2020

Book Review: In Defense of Looting

 

White People - Let's Go Looting

There are numerous questionable ways to defend looting; "The media won't pay attention unless there is violence or looting" "Looting rejects the legitimacy of ownership rights and property" "Boston Tea Party" etc. Author Vicky Osterweil mines them all in her new book, In Defense of Looting.

In Defense of Looting -- Vicky Osterweil


But no major change is possible in America without the support of the people who reject violence and looting. Greater violence during protests only leads to repression and marginalization. Non-violent protests will attract media coverage and foster change in America, but only if they are very large, consistent and sustained.  

Vicky Osterweil revealed her Marxist frame of reference in an August 27, 2020 interview published by NPR:

"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."

It's unjust that people have to work for things? We can have things for free! Really? How does that work? Just take what you want? What happens when you run out of free stuff? How do the companies who produce what you take for free continue production with no income? It's a completely ridiculous argument that takes one down the rabbit-hole of Marxist ideology.

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