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Having read the above-referenced thread, I think you’re underestimating how many people who espouse these views believe that the better alternative is armed revolution. Or perhaps you’re not mentioning it because it’s too goddamn stupid to be taken seriously? Maybe this is a side-effect of the ideological triumph of the right: many on the left are now infected with the same dumb Hollywood fantasies of armed defiance that shape so much right-wing ideology. It mystifies me how a bunch of bookish nerds think armed struggle will help them overcome the violence of militarized police, but it’s definitely implicit in a lot of these discussions.

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