May Day 2008: Olympia Washington


image: Save Feral Human Habitat

At first glance in a video I saw of the anarchists marching on Olympia for May Day 2008 I thought someone had spelled racist wrong on a capital building tagging. When I came across the picture above I realized that the word was actually resist. Then wait a minute they spelled hierarchical tyranny wrong. Which I suppose is either due to a lack of a spell checker on the marble or par for the course with anarchical concepts of organized public education.

I love these demonstrations and protest especially when the meaning is lost through needless violence and destruction. To me this is democracy in action. Though I disagree with their means and the ideals they base them on, democracy is a messy endeavor that our country was founded on. And though their shoes may be made of petroleum based material, while they scream “No Oil”, the irony of an organized group of anarchists may be overshadowed by the contradiction of strongly supporting one form of government such as a worker’s union over another such as local, state, and federal.

There was one protestor who was confused why a police officer pointed a weapon at him as he approached while arresting someone. Judging by the misspellings and contradictions I could see how such confusion would ensue from being a part of a mass protest turned to violence when confronting the police. Of course you’re going to be arrested and possibly hurt. If you’re going to a first amendment protected gathering like this expect it. If you’re not willing to suffer the hardships of democracy then stay at home and brood over your Cascadian web rings. There have been over 4,000 deaths and more than 23,000 wounded veterans for the ideal of preserving the democracy that allows you to demonstrate your views. The least you could do is take pride in your sacrifice for your greater cause while you are being hit with pepper spray paint balls and taken into custody.

Links:
King 5
The Olympian
OlyBlog
Centralia Collge Blogger

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2 Responses to May Day 2008: Olympia Washington

  1. Andrew Bedford says:

    I think you’re understanding of anarchist organizational structures may be a little off. We are all for decentralized, horizontal, non authoritarian decision making processes. The idea that anarchists reject all forms of order is purely disinformation.

    I don’t think it is fair to draw comparisons between a syndicalist union and any level of government. Might I encourage you to look up “Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo” as a good example of how a syndicalist union can successfully operate as the basis for community organization in a non-authoritarian, egalitarian manner. There are many more examples of this.

    I also reject the notion that the U.S. functions in any sort of democratic manner. Unless you are a corporate citizen, of course.

  2. Corey says:

    I fully support labor unions, however there is nothing egalitarian about ensuing violence and destruction through public demonstration. If you reject the notion of the United States functioning as any sort of democratic manner, then take to your city and town halls and participate through the process. There are plenty of uncontested seats available at local and regional levels. Learn the Democratic Rules of Order and take action within the established system. Until then the world will view events like last week’s “civil disobedience” as a juvenile temper-tantrum.

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