In a word, we reject all legislation, all authority, and all privileged, licensed, official, and legal influence, even though arising from universal suffrage, convinced that it can turn only to the advantage of a dominant minority of exploiters against the interests of the immense majority in subjection to them. (Mikhail Bakunin)
Anarchism…stands for direct action, the open defiance of, and resistance to, all laws and restrictions, economic, social, and moral. (Emma Goldman)
CHICAGO, May 16, 2012 — Protesters, anarchists, rogues, and dunces will descend on Chicago from all over the globe this week. They will create mayhem, consternation and enormous inconvenience in celebration of the NATO summit that will be held here this weekend.
Chicago has been known for major protests, including violent ones, which made no sense. Of course the authorities are always blamed for the end result. Being a protester means never having to take responsibility for chaos, mayhem, and havoc.
During the 1880s Chicago was a hotbed of radicalism and anarchism. This mood culminated in the Haymarket Riot. In 1886, an anarchist threw a bomb at a group of police as they moved to disperse a rally at Haymarket Square. The police opened fire. The bomb and gunfire killed seven police officers and four civilians. Eight anarchists were rounded up and tried for conspiracy. Justice was fair for the age: First they were tried, then four were hanged. One committed suicide before he made it to the gallows.
Chicago has a long tradition of anti-establishment activity, criminality, protest, and anarchism. Anti-establishment sentiment dates back to the city’s inception.
Chicago was founded upon thievery, corruption, and a spirit of entrepreneurship that bordered on fraud. From Jean Baptiste Point du Sable trading whiskey for furs with the Native Americans through today, Chicago has been a cornucopia of crime, corruption, and anti-establishment activity. Its culture runs against the norms of civil society.
During the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century, Chicago was a hotbed of underworld and overworld criminality. Criminals, mostly gamblers and brothel owners, along with saloonkeepers who acted as both, joined hands with the politicians. Chicago and its politics were a cesspool of crime, corruption and venality.
Politicians also teamed up with entrepreneurial Ponzi schemers on various land, construction, and utilities deals. The politicians wanted to have it both ways. They dealt with underworld and overworld criminals. It was more profitable that way.
Chicago politics put greed and power over people. It makes no difference if it is the Democratic Machine, organized labor, anarchists, civil rights groups or civil libertarians - power and greed are the goals and objectives. Every group wants its slice of the pie. They just want to take it instead of earn it.
This rebellion against moral and social norms runs deep. It is hardwired in the city’s DNA. It continues today in more sophisticated forms.
Chicago’s business, political and criminal worlds have always been known for their colorful rogues and dunces. Protesters are dunces used by the rogues.
It is not surprising that Chicago will be ground zero this week for major protests against NATO. What NATO has ever done to the over nurtured spoiled brats is beyond anyone’s conception. Did somebody mention dunces?
The protesters plan to engage in a diversity of tactics and plans of action:
- Utilizing appropriate separations of time and space between divergent tactics.
- They oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, limiting their action to free speech zones, or attempts to divide their movement through the conscious creation of divisions regarding tactics, organization, strategies, and alliances.
- Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events. (Source: Chicago Mass Action/CANG-8)
What all that gobbledygook means is they are planning something very disruptive, they have no control over what will or can happen, they are keeping everything a big secret, they will take no responsibility for any mayhem, violence, vandalism or injuries due to their actions, and they will blame the police, the city, the mayor, and the people of Chicago for the end result.
They will be blameless and demand to be held harmless. Responsibility and accountability for their actions has never been the forte of protesters.
The so-called movements are just part of Chicago’s long history of anarchy, protest, criminality, and disruption. They just do not want people to know about it until it happens.
The movements already started their so-called Chicago Spring. There have been moderate to large protests against, ah, er, em- well no one can figure out what they are protesting. It appears the protests are just to protest.
Somehow the Occupy movement and their allies equate themselves with people living in third world tin pot dictatorships run by brutal regimes. They have been repressed, oppressed, depressed, compressed, and suppressed their whole lives. They were forced to behave in school or something.
From all appearances this movement or collection of movements plans a summer long festival of protests. The NATO weekend celebration is just the start. The travelling magical mystery tours and merry-prankster touring troupes may be coming to a city near you to disrupt your lives.
By the way, if the Occupy people, their union financiers, and their national and international affiliates were really serious about protest, they would all descend en masse on Charlotte, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida for the national political conventions.
They would create chaos, havoc, and mayhem there. The protesters would strangle those towns. They would shut those burgs down. They would make their residents miserable. The protesters would make the politicians uncomfortable. They would create mayhem, havoc, disruption, congestion, consternation, and inconvenience.
It is the politicians and their political parties who caused real problems and the protesters imagined problems. Why not go after them? Leave the rest of us alone.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone.
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