Ugh, don’t fucking riot

I absolutely understand the desire to break shit at the mere sight of Milo. Just typing his name kind of made me want to throw my bowl of oatmeal through a nearby window. But he’s just a shock jock attention whore, a Kardashian with worse fashion sense and a bigger mouth, and the proper response to that sort of troll is to shrug your shoulders and go on with your day. Leaving him to be a precious snowflake in his disgusting safe space is much more effective than running up the street to hurl bricks at a bank. Don’t feed the trolls.

You know how the wall’s a stupid, short-sighted waste that doesn’t accomplish anything? Like the immigration ban? Or the reverse buy-one-get-one-free sale on regulation? Same logic here. Fuck with people’s shit and you turn them against you and you will never, ever get what you want.

Democratic leaders at all levels need to come out and condemn this behavior and promise to prosecute the perpetrators. Grab control of the messaging for once.

And the rest of us need to keep the “see, all protests are bullshit!” and “I knew those academic wussies couldn’t be trusted!” narratives from taking hold. Protesting peacefully is a very powerful, positive thing. Reports suggest that the Berkeley protest, about 1500 strong, was peaceful until a few dozen black bloc rioters (similar to those that attacked DC after the inauguration) showed up. That’s right, kids: all it takes to make a thousand people look bad is a couple of assholes. Think of any party you’ve been to, or of your local gym in January. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been reminding people to look out for paid agitators (although I’m not claiming that’s what happened here).

Remember: government is a social contract. It’s an exchange of freedom for rights and protection. When that contract erodes, people get pissed—and rightfully so. Expecting them not to stand up for themselves would be silly, but I think we can absolutely expect them to behave better than this.

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