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Conservatives Now Care About Hippies Protesting | September 25, 2009

Drudge linked to a YouTube video expressing shock that “acoustic weapons” are “unleashed” on American soil.

I’m sorry, would we rather the police beat the shit out of these people with nightsticks?

In conclusion, who gives a fuck?

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  1. The very last thing I am is a conservative, but yes, I would prefer if they had used nightsticks and bullets. Clever technologies give the suppression of freedom a too-clean and palatable gloss.

    You don’t have to be an anarchist, hippy, or right-winger to see this as a chilling development.

    Imagine that Bull Connor had had some painless sleep ray, and the cleverness to use it on the Birmingham marchers: would the public have been nearly as outraged as it had been by club waving thugs and snarling dogs let loose on the crowd? Or would they have simply changed channels, content that the status quo had been defended humanely?

    In the long and even short run, such humane solutions to crowds and protesters and even mobs are a far greater threat to freedom than the naked application of force.

    Drudge and the loony-right are onto something resonant. I would hate for liberals to get caught up in the kind of thinking that dismisses legitimate concerns merely on who is raising them.

    As Frank Rich argued succinctly in a recent column (on another topic), even Glenn Beck, like the proverbial stopped clock, can be right twice a day.

    Comment by Robert — October 1, 2009 @ 9:23 pm


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