Some situations are easy to predict.
Put Progressive against Progressive and step out of the way. The results are not going to be pretty......particularly for those who have some skin in the game per their PROPERTY HOLDINGS.
Thus I am not surprised at all that when it came time for the Mayor of Oakland who spoke to a rioting group of Anarchist Progressives, suggesting to them that this is not the way to obtain their goals - they summarily ignored him. These Anarchist Progressives were fighting for justice.....by breaking the law heard a voice from their crowd edge them on and thus they continued their riot.
"I'm asking people to disperse," the mayor said to the couple hundred people in the crowd. "Let's leave in a spirit of peace.", said Dullums
Clearly a "War Is Not The Answer" message only works with people who GIVE A DAMN about what you have to say.
But soon after, a man shouted "that's the modern day lynching" and the mob quickly continued its rampage, smashing at least seven storefronts on 17th street between Franklin and Webster streets. They also smashed eight cars, including four belonging to the City of Oakland.
At that specific moment the guy who shouted out ruined Ron Dellums' opportunity to be a modern day Martin Luther King Jr.
If only this crowd had the discipline that was shown in the scene outside of the hospital in the movie "Malcolm X". The character of Malcolm X, played by Denzel Washington was able to summon the crowd of Black Muslim protesters to attention at his whim. They retained their dignity as the ESTABLISHMENT grew envious and fearful of the POWER that this one man had over the crowd of Black folks. It was their discipline more than his power over them that made the difference.
This post is important for me to get across because my analysis of a particular set of conflicting concepts is evident here and is going to only increase as time goes on and as Black Progressives and Progressives of any stripe assume more of the order in places like Oakland and elsewhere.
Mayor Dellums is going to be applauded in many circles for his willingness to not call out the attack dogs of the police as his first response - crushing the protests preemptively. The consequence of his enlightened approach is that more property was destroyed and the miscreants are motivated to "rinse and repeat". This channel of communication is an effective one as they surmise.
At a time when Oakland has experienced a tremendous rebirth where long blighted communities have come back to life with social, cultural and economic activity - the willful actions by this angry mob of anarchist progressives will be a decades long set back.
Why would an investor in bricks and mortar put his signature on the line for a business that has large plate glass windows that prove to be an inviting target for a brick and then a Molotov cocktail?
The irony of it all is that the JOBS and EDUCATION that this anarchical group frequently demands is a products of ORDER and DISCIPLINE and PROCESS. It is not a product of reactionary, chaotic and emotional whims. They prove to be their own worst enemy.
What happens when the "low hanging fruit" enemy (the conservatives) are displaced in a society?
The establishment progressives BECOME the "relative conservatives" who are seeking to maintain order. Order is a conservative principle to the anarchist progressive.
To the "Establishment Progressive" I say - welcome to the club. How does it feel like to be attacked and blamed for everything?
I will keep an eye on Ron Dellums as this conflict flows toward settlment.