May 5, 2012
commented on Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner's Guide to Targeted Property Destruction.
It's a false dichotomy that you're either singing kumbayah or smashing windows. Also - anarchists insist that smashing windows is not violence. Do they, then, also condemn violence, ie. actual revolutions.
There is much to discuss about all the unsound logic, but the most obvious case is the "vandalized banks help people see state as weak". If that's true, then it means the average citizen will hope to strengthen that state. Otherwise, Occupy support would grow when windows are smashed in its name - instead, it has dwindled. In Oakland, I've heard two working class neighbors say they "understand" the police, because Occupy is so pointless and violent. This is very different from how people saw Occupy in the fall.
The main difference between theory and practice being that in theory, there is no difference.