The Masked Face of Marxism

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Last Tuesday, an army of left-wing radicals descended, in a violent May Day rampage, upon the city of Seattle. They smashed shop windows, vandalized banks, and even carried out a number of unprovoked assaults on innocent people who were sitting in their cars. So bad was the chaos, that Seattle mayor Mike McGinn went on television and announced that he would use his emergency powers to expand police authority to subdue the “anarchist or Black Bloc type individuals” who were now infesting his city, just as they have previously infested other cities in the U.S. and Europe.

Who exactly are these “Black Bloc” individuals cited by Mayor McGinn? Black Bloc is not an organization, but rather a protest tactic employed by anti-capitalists and anarchists. Clad in black helmets, black ski masks, and black garments to conceal their faces and whatever distinctive clothing they may be wearing underneath their dark coverings, Black Bloc radicals make their presence felt by participating in all manner of left-wing demonstrations against free-market capitalism and Western culture; they generally are far outnumbered by fellow protesters who, while likeminded, are more traditionally attired. Because the Black Blockers so carefully hide their identities, they are often able to engage in criminal behavior—most notably property destruction—with impunity. In instances where they are pursued by police—whom they contemptuously regard as nothing more than “guard dogs for the rich”—fleeing Black Bloc protesters typically shed their dark coverings and blend into the crowd.

The animating core belief of Black Block, as explained in the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective’s Black Bloc Papers, is that “private property—and capitalism, by extension—is intrinsically violent and repressive and cannot be reformed or mitigated.” Lamenting “all the violence committed in the name of private property rights,” the document charges that “corporate private property” in particular “is itself infinitely more violent than any action taken against it.” By this logic, the destruction of a storefront window can be redefined and justified as the laudable creation of “a vent to let some fresh air into the oppressive atmosphere of a retail outlet.”

The origins of Black Bloc can be traced back to about 1980 in West Germany, where black-masked countercultural radicals calling themselves “Autonomen” (Autonomists) demonstrated against such despised targets as Western popular culture, conservatism, patriarchy, traditional gender roles, nuclear energy, and capitalist “greed.” They channeled their efforts chiefly toward the destruction of property belonging to corporations and financial institutions, because of their significance as symbols of capitalism.

In June 1987 a contingent of some 3,000 Black Bloc demonstrators were among the 50,000+ marchers who swarmed the streets of Berlin to condemn the policies of the conservative, pro-capitalist U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, who was visiting the city at that time. Berlin was again the scene of Black Bloc tactics fifteen months later, when demonstrators protested against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings which were being held there.

The first organized Black Bloc initiative in North America took place on October 17, 1988, when a relatively small number of black-clad protesters were among the 1,000+ demonstrators who convened outside the Pentagon to demand an end to U.S. intervention in the El Salvadoran civil war; the rally was organized by the communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.

On Earth Day in 1990, Black Bloc militants were among a crowd of some 2,000 demonstrators who gathered on Wall Street in New York City to protest the allegedly anti-environmental practices of major American corporations. The protesters’ goal, as one supporter put it, was “to shut down business-as-usual in the heart of the capitalist beast.”

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  • oldtimer

    Black bloc, Black Shirts = facist, socialist, communist.

  • oldtimer

    And why have I not heard this on mainstream media?

    • Ken

      Because it does not help the Obama and the other uber-Lefties!!

  • kellys cove

    names, addresses of those arrested, please. Then we can take it to them at their mommy's house.

    • Serafino

      Each and everyone of these degenerate punks no doubt owns a $300 iphone, several of the $200 JCrew jeans, a pair or two of expensive sunglasses, etc. Just walk into any Starbucks… they are like a fixture… sucking on their $5 lattes… Sure, why not? As long as mom and dad continue to pay for this lifestyle, because mom and dad are guilty for having done every drug on earth and for having done every immoral act in their own college past.

  • davarino

    Mentally damaged individuals who couldnt keep a job at McDonalds if they tried. Their that stupid, and lazy.

  • StephenD

    There were days in our history in which it was necessary for corrective action due to the abuses of Corporations of its labor force. This was in the 1920’s. The corrections have been made and it took right up into the 1940’s. There are laws requiring a safe work place, an environment of equal opportunity, etc. Today we see a movement in just the opposite direction wherein the “workers”( I use the term VERY loosely) are abusing the Corporations (private property owners, et al). Do they think this will stand any more than it did when it was the Corporations at fault? I hardly think so. There will be a backlash. Eventually, these “Thugs” will be met by overwhelming force and people will get hurt. It’s too bad we don’t learn from the past. The pendulum always swings. You go too far in one direction, it is bound to swing just as far in the opposite direction. I’d say, for the good of our Country, we ought to head this off before it turns tragic. Seems to me a DOJ intent on protecting Americans would take some proactive steps against these anarchists to save them…from themselves.

  • Steve Chavez

    DOMESTIC TERRORISTS that Homeland Security and the FBI must now investigate and shut down the groups. This is beyond "free speech" with deaths, rapes, robberies, destruction, and pre-meditated anarchy.

    Occupiers in Cleveland planned to blow up a bridge and were trapped by the FBI but these five men had attended Occupy meetings.

    BUT, THE NEWS OF THE DAY IS the one Neo-Nazi in Arizona while the Occupy ANARCHISTS GET A FREE PASS!

    BUT, I also hope these groups continue with their violence and camps SO THEY CAN BE TIED TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM like Obama and the Democrats. PERFECT REPUBLICAN COMMERCIAL!

    • Rifleman

      Hey Steve, you're more right than you realize. You might want to look into the Cleveland bombers again, one of them was a lease signer for OWS Cleveland.

  • Rifleman

    Most anarchists are just another tentacle of the same critter. Some are fellow travelers, who always find themselves lined up in front of a lime filled ditch or on their way to a terminal labor camp shortly after the commies take over. Either way, they aren’t heard from again.

    Apparently at least one of them or their sympathizers has been here this Amish, but had no response other than to give old timer a thumbs down. I noticed when I read the article at home and his was the only comment, but didn’t have time to comment myself.

  • tagalog

    If capitalism is "inherently violent and oppressive," how come it's the Black Bloc folks who commit all the damage and shout down those who disagree with them?

    • Maxie

      Because, like all Lefties, they run on emotion (fear/anger) not facts and logic.. By definition the Left is irrational and patriphobic; all male authority is feared and therefore despised. Capitalism is competitive and that's what scares them.

  • maria

    So in 1980th leftists/communists were behind black bloc. Now progressists aka leftsists/communists are behind them again. interesting that they looks exactly as islamic terrorists in their "costumes". Probably Obama if not win in Nov can use them as reason to start " emergancy to nation safety" act( don't remember exact title) which give him absolute control over all country (complete dictatorship).

    • Rifleman

      If you watch much footage of them in action, you'll notice some of them wearing pali keffiyehs.

  • Serafino

    The 2nd Amendment is a great equalizing force against these degenerate, useless spoiled trash. These "youths" have been spoon-fed by mommy and daddy who think that their offsprings are precious princes and princesses. The reality is that they are lazy, entitled, and worthless potheads. America has become a nation of makers (us) and takers (them). Well, the makers need to wake up. An armed society makes a polite society.

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    • ebonystone

      Maybe some shopkeeper with a .45 will create "a vent to let some fresh air" into the punk who smashed his shop window.

      • Rifleman

        In my county, the shopkeeper would be backed by the police and the jury, and in a bank or restaurant the terrorizers might get neutralized by a shall issue CCW patron. If you get anywhere near the window or door of a gun store, likker store, or a pawn shop with an obscured face in my county, you're taking you're life in your own hands. It's one of the reasons I bought my house here.

  • Schlomotion

    "Black Bloc is not an organization, but rather a protest tactic employed by anti-capitalists and anarchists. Clad in black helmets, black ski masks, and black garments to conceal their faces and whatever distinctive clothing they may be wearing underneath their dark coverings"

    Don't look now. I found more of these masked Black Bloc lunatics. They're everywhere:


  • maria

    Interesting who is among Millionaires financed those "masked" gangs? George Soros or alike? I remember that "Occupiers" was financed one muliti millionair, of course, BHO supporter. Mainstream media usually don't mention that fact. All those protestores are well organized and financed by leftists. It is tactic of bolshevicks.

  • RevWMcCall

    Violence is never justified. An organization called "Black Bloc" may exist and have some legitimate ideas behind it, but the salient fact is that the "Black Bloc" garb can be worn by anybody. This makes it easy for provocateurs, whether police or otherwise, to inflitrate legitimate demonstrations to discredit them and provide justification for police attacks. This tactic has been used since the start of the Occupy movement and long before. Its effectiveness is only proven by articles like this.

    • Galveston

      if violence is never justified, why do policemen carry guns?

  • RevWMcCall

    "Last Tuesday, an army of left-wing radicals descended, in a violent May Day rampage, upon the city of Seattle. They smashed shop windows, vandalized banks, and even carried out a number of unprovoked assaults on innocent people who were sitting in their cars."

    The "army of left-wing radicals" is in fact a small group of provocateurs who show up at every demonstration with the purpose of discrediting it. With the help of dishonest "journalists" who swell this group of provocateurs, who often come from the ranks of the police themselves, into an "army," they are very successful at it.

    • Choi

      You're a LOON if you think the "provocateurs" are a Police operation.
      Where did you get your "Divinity" "degree"?
      By Sending in a MATCHBOOK AD WITH A CHECK?

  • AtheistLibertarian

    Black Bloc, Brown Shirts…. A Marxist Parasite by any other name would smell as foul.

  • Looking4Sanity

    It's Seattle. Why would this really surprise anyone? Practically the entire population is comprised of militant h0m0s. It's time for the public to start taking back our society from these lunatics by any means necessary.

  • Ghostwriter

    Don't these idiots have better things to do? These dunderheads have WAY too much time on their hands.

  • SoCalMike

    Where do these black blocker and OWS rent-a-mob parasites come from?
    Super rich connected insiders like Soros pay brainless college kids and brainwashed adults to make noise and create a scene.
    Too bad they can't find anyone literate or washed or coherent.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    They do what they do as they know our politicians must play along with the leftist ideas of society,
    as a collective of huggie bears and instant forgiving fops for depredations planned and acted on
    with malice. The authorities should have sufficient protections in place and be ready to round up
    the worst of the idiots and send them to jail for long sentences under riot provisions and as
    best possible jam them so hard they will never forget and reconsider the waste they are creating
    in their own lives which they probably will not want to spend in prison…………..William