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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Seattle Anarchists Call to Murder Jail Inmates and Suck Cop Dick

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

But don't take my word for it—here's their own propaganda:

anarchy_talking_points.jpg

Or there is another way to read it: Maybe they're saying we should free all prisoners—including murderers—and then fire every cop, so the murderers can run amok with impunity. Either way, these are the stupidest motherfuckers in town.

 

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Paul Constant 1
I love that the URL on the sign doesn't go anywhere.
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on February 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
If I were an agent provocateur, this is the sign I'd make.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
leek 3
Aesthetics-wise, it's a very nice sign. I like the font choices and layout (not very anarchic, though).
Posted by leek on February 13, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
tothepoint 4
I was gonna say I'm more offended by the terrible kerning on that sign than anything else.
Posted by tothepoint on February 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM · Report this
treefort 5
Stupidest motherfuckers in town sums it up.
Posted by treefort on February 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM · Report this
yelahneb 6
It's just a phase; they'll grow out of it.
Posted by yelahneb http://www.strangebutharmless.com on February 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM · Report this
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I thought the stupidest motherfuckers in town were the owner and editorial writers for the Seattle Times.
Posted by screed on February 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Knat 8
How it looks to a passerby:
Hire to the Prisons
Huck the Police.

...OK then.
Posted by Knat on February 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM · Report this
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@8: Hire to the disco! Hire to the Taco Bell!

@OP: I think you're not giving enough credit to the symbolism here. Yes, the people who wrote this sign probably want to abolish jails, and that's ridiculous. But it's a fact that blacks are much more likely to be incarcerated than whites; that our jails are filled to the brim with people who have committed nonviolent crimes such as using or selling drugs; that many of our prisons are operated by private for-profit companies whose primary goal is to maximize the number of prisoners.

And also, people are not born criminals. Yes, there are some people who have a genetic predisposition towards violent crime. But most criminals learn bad patterns of behavior from their "role models", such as parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors.

If we had better laws, and better institutions, and if everyone started life with the same advantages that rich white children have, we would have far fewer criminals, and we would need far fewer jails.

I'm sure you know this, of course -- you've written about similar things in the past. My point is just that, for every person who is driven to extremism like you see in this sign, there are 100 more people who understand that something is wrong, but don't really know what to do about it. I think we should take this as a wake-up call that we need to end this crisis, rather than dismissing it out of hand and ignoring the underlying issue.
Posted by aleks on February 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM · Report this
JensR 10
Nothing so desperately boring as adults trying really hard to misunderstand a passionate opinion held by youths.

Yes, well done well to do middleclass white adult - you realized that the sign is more pathos than logos. Cudos.
Posted by JensR http://ohyran.se on February 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM · Report this
diminished 11
@1 - works for me dude: http://nwanarchistnews.noblogs.org/
Posted by diminished on February 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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@11 I'm not really sure what that first entry on the anarchist blog had to do with anarchism. Is stabbing a store security person so that you can get a Seahawks sweatshirt w/o paying for it their idea of revolution?
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 13
@9 The police don't make the laws. Our idiot lawmakers that we idiots elect do.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 14
But it's so much fun being an anarchist. They don't give a fuck if they make don't make any sense.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on February 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM · Report this
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@2, first thought too
Posted by GermanSausage on February 13, 2014 at 3:25 PM · Report this
William of Seattle 16
#9 power to the something or other...15 hour min wage yes,,,smash The System (yawn)

Posted by William of Seattle on February 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM · Report this
William of Seattle 17
uh, dollar, don't know where hour came from, time for a walk, I got to distribute more signs.
15 Hour Work Days Now!---red writing, fists in the air (urp)
Posted by William of Seattle on February 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM · Report this
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Not celebrating Bastille Day this year, Dom?
Posted by Helene Demuth on February 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM · Report this
raku 19
The US has by far the highest # of people in prison per capita in the world. 2x the number of Russia, 3x the number or Iran, 5x the number of China, 7x the number of Canada, and over 10x the countries of Northern Europe. Even WA state, which has one of the lower incarceration rates, has 2x the prisoners per capita of Communist human-right-abusing China.

Closing down all prisons is much, much closer to the best solution for society than the status quo.
Posted by raku on February 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 20
@ 19, or, you know, abolishing all the stupid drug laws and reforming three-strike sentencing that are the root cause of those incarceration rates.

Address the problem, not the symptom.
Posted by Matt from Denver on February 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
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@19 & 20 As of the end of last year there were 16,539 inmates in the Washington State Prison system, of those 11,794 (over 70%) were serving time for violent felonies such as murder, rape, and robbery. Only 1288 (less than 8% of the total) were in for drug offenses. America has a rather large prison population, in part because of the drug war, but mostly because American society is far more violent than any other modern nation.

Source of stats here:

http://www.doc.wa.gov/aboutdoc/docs/msPr…
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 22
@11: Didn't work earlier today, uh, bro.
Posted by Paul Constant http://https://twitter.com/paulconstant on February 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM · Report this
Knat 23
@21: I can't find the line in that report that says "mostly because American society is far more violent than any other modern nation". Where is it?
Posted by Knat on February 13, 2014 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 24
And I think I'm being selfish when I want a pony on my birthday.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM · Report this
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@23 The report was the source of my stats about the composition of the Washington State Prison population.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 13, 2014 at 6:26 PM · Report this
Knat 26
@25: Oh. So everything following "but mostly because" was cited from the depths of your own bowels. Got it.
Posted by Knat on February 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM · Report this
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@26 The fact remains that the harshness of drug laws is not a major driver of incarceration in Washington State.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM · Report this
raku 28
27- over 1200 people in state prisons for drugs in PRETTY MAJOR. especially since it doesn't include federal prisoners, who make up over 50% of the federal prison population.
Posted by raku on February 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM · Report this
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@28 According to Wikipedia 22% of all state and federal prison inmates are in for drug offenses. That's less than half the number convicted of violent crimes.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM · Report this
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LOL well done Ken Mehlman way to stay in character.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM · Report this
NopeNope 31
I think the big question is what percentage of crimes were committed with capitalism at their roots?

Anyways, belief in prison abolition in central to anarchism. You can't have jails without a government. I think the idea is to do away with all the social constructs (formal hierarchy, capitalism, etc...) that people will be better able to get along. Sure, there will be some people that will hurt other people, but anarchists believe that communities can come together to protect each other when it comes down to it.

In any case, don't forget that a lot of the time the police ARE the murderers. And the ARE running around with impunity.

This is the post that completely alienates Dominic from the Seattle radical community. If they read it.
Posted by NopeNope on February 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM · Report this
sirkowski 32
Reminds me of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on February 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM · Report this
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yes, because setting revolutionary slogans in a non revolutionary situation is an accurate representation of what these people believe in...
come one, thats like seizing on a "stop cars" slogan by saying "do they want people to walk to work?" or what conservatives do when you say "legalize", "so, you want dealers pushing heroin in kindergartens?"
there is a long standing tradition for prison abolishment and they have some good arguments; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_abol…
give them the credit they deserve, don't be another crap hack.
Posted by dutchie on February 14, 2014 at 2:22 AM · Report this
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Come on, Dominic, don't be so literal.
Posted by earwig on February 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Knat 35
@31:

Sure, there will be some people that will hurt other people, but anarchists believe that communities can come together to protect each other when it comes down to it.

So, their best idea for a replacement is . . . tribalism, or gated communities?
Posted by Knat on February 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
NopeNope 36
@35 Some anarchists believe in tribal-ish communities.
Posted by NopeNope on February 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM · Report this
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@31 Ha!; the Seattle Times is more radical than these guys! I mean click on just about anything this goldy creep puts out there [especially the pro stadium stuff]. Dan Savage is a total ditz; the straight version of Savage is that dickjoking, fratboy bully sporting a distressed "support the troops" muscle shirt. In addition to being vehement establishment centrists they're kinda dumb to boot.
Posted by carsten coolage on February 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM · Report this
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It's funny because Holden and the Stranger endorsed -fully endorsed!!!- the ballot measure to tear down the old juvi and build a new one surrounded by condos and apartments.

Holden and everyone at the Stranger who is responsible for the decision to support the measure have every reason to call these anarchist "the stupidest motherfuckers in town." Actually, the only one on the Stranger who definitely opposed it was Mudede.

Holden is an upper class brat, it seems, who wizzes his pants whenever the evil anarchists show up and point out how he and other parasites actively wants a world where rich students and professionals are paying 2,000 a month to live in luxury apartments that surround a youth prison, keeping it tucked away so no one on the new train line can see it on their away to work. Seems like an episode in Black Mirror or something awful like that.

I can just see Holden wiping the SPD potato chips off his chin as he goes out onto his new balcony, overlooking the bland modernist cube of the new juvi he voted for and basking in the totalitarian future he is so titillated to experience.

But I guess the anarchists are the stupidest motherfuckers in town.
Posted by MarlowSmokes on February 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM · Report this

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