@FT : Black Block Nihilists & the G20, or no Peace without Economic/Political Justice! Almost Marx comments

Headline: Police braced for further G20 violence

Sub-headline: Scale of Hamburg clashes casts a pall over showcase for German diplomacy

“It looks like war,” one resident told German TV. “This has nothing to do with protest — it’s raw violence and destruction.”

The Rebellion Against The Elites continues in its starkest form, at the G20. Why is this a surprise? Its become a tradition to disrupt the cites in which these gatherings of that Elite take place.



The movement is characterized by the massive citizen protests and alternative summits which have, for the last decade, accompanied most meetings of the G8, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. The movement came to the attention of many in the US when activists temporarily shut down the 1999 WTO Ministerial in Seattle. This represented, however, just one of a series of Global Justice protests,including those at the 1988 World Bank/IMF meetings in Germany,[8] “IMF riots” beginning in Lima in 1975, over cuts in the social safety net presided over by IMF and other international organizations, and spreading through the world,[9][10] and “water wars” in Bolivia and South Africa.[11]


Those Black Block Nihilists become the object of  bourgeois anger, wedded to agonizing over their lawlessness destruction, while Capitalism in its Neo-Liberal phase is the very definition of lawless disregard for human lives, and the very survival of the planet. Austerity for the Lower Orders and massive profits for the Robber Barons of the dismal political present, and their servants in the Managed Democracies of the ‘West’ ! A quote from Voltaire is more than apt: “Ecrasez l’infame”

Almost Marx


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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