By Sara Flounders
Published May 14, 2012 8:17 PM
The extravagant NATO Summit scheduled for May 20 and 21 in Chicago has made it necessary to restate a Marxist, working-class understanding of the role of violence in capitalist society.
This obscene celebration of organized, high-tech violence brings generals, admirals, heads of state and their entourages from 26 nations to Chicago just as an unsolvable capitalist downturn has brought cuts to every social program. High unemployment has created a crisis for millions.
By Eric Struch
Published May 9, 2012 10:36 PM
The police used the 3,000-strong May Day march for their plans to threaten repression and violence. At least four helicopters in the air and riot cops with body armor, boots, bats and helmets were out in force on May 1, despite the fact that many families with small children were in attendance.
In the corporate media, the only groups that are allowed to be portrayed as the instigators of violence at protests are anarchist youth, especially if they identify as OWS, but never the cops. But if you want to know who’s there to start the violence, all you have to do is notice who dresses for it: armed uniformed riot cops with body armor, batons and helmets.