London Calling

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Allow me to pre-empt some wearyingly predictable liberal condemnation heading your way.

When the riots start be careful not to get trampled underfoot as liberals and reactionaries alike bolt for the moral high-ground. Watch out for the pious; the sanctimonious; the mealy-mouthed; the people who always see unruly protest as something worse than the injustice, the oppression, the social cleansing that triggered it.

Remind them that the freedom to voice their bourgeois indignation, along with the freedom to vote, to control their own fertility, to protest, to join a trade union, to have Saturday and Sunday off work, to even get paid for work and a great deal more, were only won by centuries of often violent struggle. They give us nothing but that which we take.

Riots are the final resort of the marginalised and disenfranchised. There can be no condemnation by anyone aspiring to humanity.

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3 Responses to London Calling

  1. parsifiel says:

    Hi Harry, have reblogged this to “mylittlescrapofivory” blog, can you have a look over my piece on Grenfell?

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  2. parsifiel says:

    Reblogged this on littlescrapofivory and commented:
    An excellent blog piece by my comrade Harry P

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  3. Absolutely true. Our freedoms were hard won, a shame to see them co opted by champagne socialists

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