From the rent riots in the 1780's to the spoils system of the 1830's to the abolition movement of the 1850's +
+ to the anarchist and communist movements of the 1870's to the suffragettes in the 1910's to the mass strikes of the 1930's +
+ to the civil rights movement of the 1950's to the feminist movement of the 1970's to the environmental movement of the 1980's +
+ to the alter-globalization movement of the 1990's to the anti-war movement of the 2000's to Occupy in the 2010's +
+ politics has always proceeded as organized extra-electoral and often extra-legal leveraging of political power.
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) June 19, 2016Liberals, in an effort to erase the radical left from the period in history where the left actually won, have insisted that this is not true
The only way you can think that people practicing to be arrested by a notoriously violent police force is shameful is to deny history.
There have always been groups that have practiced the tactics necessary to carry out successful direct actions and demonstrations.
You don't think suffragettes went out in swimsuits under penalty of arrest unfamiliar with how the cops behaved & how to respond, do you?
Do you think those kids were sitting in at Woolworth's on a fluke? Those kids trained for days.
You think the various anarchist militias in Chicago had nothing to do with what happened at the Haymarket riot? Come on!
You think the thousands of mostly black commies in Harlem just *showed up* to an eviction & the cops just *decided* to collect the rent?
You think John Brown and his friends just all decided to take over the armory after a few beers?
You think this isn't part of the electoral process?
This is the normal political process. You want to stop another exploitative world trade agreement, you shut down the city where they meet.