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Posted By: Imright, 5/31/2020 7:14:50 AM

I don’t know how many people today still read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer, but if you are puzzled by the breakout this week of rioting and mayhem (at last count in 17 cities) you’d do well to make yourself familiar with this incredibly well-reasoned text on mass movements. Why are the streets regularly filled with mostly pasty looking stoners pelting stones and bricks, destroying businesses in the poorest urban areas and of even attacking law enforcement on thinnest of pretexts? Partly, I suppose it’s because the shutdown kept them isolated for so long, bored and out of work, but Hoffer’s observation seems to me to best fit:

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Reply 1 - Posted by: pensom2 5/31/2020 9:03:03 AM (No. 427236)
We had riots last night in our city. Watching the non-stop local news, my wife asked, "Where are all these hollow-faced, gothic morons coming from? There are as many of those as there are African Americans." Clarice's first paragraph provides the answer, especially her quotation from Eric Hoffer, whose insights I read in high school in the mid-60's, when he had a syndicated column in our local newspaper: "The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement." Our neighbor lamented that her daughter was one of those down there for the "protest." The daughter has a long history of self-defeating, anti-societal, non-productive behavior. She has spent the last three years living in a virtual Haight-Ashbury, hippy-style, collective apartment of similar snowflake-minded 20- to 30-year-olds. They're all drug-using, tattooed, confused misfits laid off from restaurants where they formerly worked as servers. But they have their amplified unemployment benefits which pay them more now than their previous salaries.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: red1066 5/31/2020 9:59:42 AM (No. 427281)
Those in their 20's and early 30's are the most paranoid about this Wuhan virus most having not left their housing in more than 2 months. Now they have an opportunity to run amuck and still stay virus safe by wearing masks. It's a chance to socialize with others their same age and be socially and politically correct at the same time. The media loves to dump on baby boomers as the most pampered generation, but the boomers have nothing on the generation of the last thirty years. The snowflakes never had to hide under their desks at school to prepare for a nuclear attack. The pampered ones never had to worry about being drafted and going to war, and the boomers for the most part never had mom and dad buying them their first homes just to get them out of the house. That last part is entirely true. There have been more than a half dozen houses in my development bought by parents for their kids who are all recent college graduates.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Philipsonh 5/31/2020 10:31:05 AM (No. 427311)
One warning shot, then if not heeded, one protestor shot. End of riot, and end of arson , looting, violence, chaos, destructiond, and no deaths. Letting protestors morph into rioters is INSANE. The authorities are imbeciles.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ROLFNader 5/31/2020 10:52:27 AM (No. 427335)
FTA: Target Store " stripped of everything except school supplies and Father's Day cards". I laughed out loud at that one. Sue me if you must- but in all fairness, I should warn against trying to set my house on fire.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 5/31/2020 11:00:05 AM (No. 427347)
Thank you, Clarice, for reminding us of the irony that it was in Minneapolis where a black cop recently shot and killed a white woman (who, in an even more bizarre twist of irony, had called 911) but her fellow societal members of the same race allowed justice to peacefully run its course. And even then, the local chapter of the naalcp tried to make the case that the cop was charged and found guilty only because of his color.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bigfatslob 5/31/2020 11:07:27 AM (No. 427357)
The tattooed, mindless, useless morons who came out to destroy property see this as the one famous part of their black gothic lives. They will brag about this to others in their circle the rest of their miserable lives. I know who they are because I have a useless daughter in her early thirties who's never earned a W-II and sleeps on other people's couches but some how finds money to cover her body in tattoos. This article is spot on.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 5/31/2020 12:38:07 PM (No. 427451)
A professor assigned Hoffer's "The True Believer" for me to read while I was a young Leftist in college in 1970. In some ways that book changed my life. It's short; it's profound and full of common sense. I recommend it.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: clipped wings 5/31/2020 12:40:49 PM (No. 427453)
The True Believer was required reading in the Special Forces (Green Beret) course in the late sixties. If more of the people in D.C. had read it, the Vietnam War might have been waged differently.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: The Remnants 5/31/2020 1:51:29 PM (No. 427526)
i believe many of these anarchists - I think that's what they are - did come from out-of-state, but in Minneapolis most of those arrested had Minnesota addresses. Story was on Gateway Pundit. i guess the idea of the peaceful mid-westerner just went out the window. Maybe the professional anarchists know how to avoid the cops. I hope Wray retires and someone who loves this country could find out where all these rioters' funding comes from. Do they all get organized through social media? Where are the upstanding technocrats who should be anxious to prevent crime and mayhem who would report a mass cattle call for trouble makers to the federal law enforcers so that they could enforce the law? We live in a country where people are afraid to not wear a mask but are not afraid to torch cities. I went to the supermarket this morning and there is a sign at entrance way telling me that it is a "government law" that I have to wear a mask in the store. I asked the woman at customer care, if it was a federal law or a state law, and she told me it was a state law - the Governor says so. Everything gets so distorted that the governor would like people to think it is Trump's law. I feel sorry for the young.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: slsusnr 5/31/2020 1:51:43 PM (No. 427527)
#6 Tattoos and hoodies have become bad stereotypes, like sagging pants. Numerous articles and commentaries already exist about this, but the people who need to read/hear them, won't. I just said stereotypes, so let's be clear that all people who have tattoos and/or who wear hoodies are not bad people. Too many are. We see it in the news items that show perps committing crimes. All too often, the perps are tattooed and wearing hoodies. I'm a NJROTC instructor in an inner-city school. My co-instructor is a retired black Marine MSgt. We both talk about this to all of our cadets because this is a cultural issue and not about race. It's the thug culture and it includes all skin tones. I hope your daughter has an awakening, but sadly, I'm not optimistic. "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression."
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