The Issue is Democracy and Not So Much Property Destruction

By Chuck Morse (February 8, 2017)

– After months of planning, thousands of migrants tear down fences around an empty hill side and build a new neighborhood. We often see “land invasions” like this in places like Mexico City, Lima, Sao Paulo, etc.


– A random dude smashes a window during a demo. We often see this in Oakland.


Both examples involve property destruction, but the contexts are very different. One action is planned and embedded in a mass movement; the other is unplanned and vanguardist (because it changes the dynamic of the protest for everyone). 

For me, the issue is not property but democracy and building mass movements.

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