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System Fail #6: Eagle Stew

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    USA! USA! USA!
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    Here in defiance of tyranny,
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    you've come to fight as free men.
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    And free men you are.
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    What will you do with that freedom?
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    I have no idea.
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    I took my teeth out.
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    I'm not one to usually take pictures of myself,
    but in this case I think I'll make an exception.
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    Oh hello.
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    Welcome to System Fail, the show
    where 'questionable life choice'
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    begins with the letter Q.
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    2020's been an outstanding year
    for the Q movement,
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    we've never had more support
    as we have, y'know, this year
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    with the COVID and you know,
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    being forced to do things
    that are unconstitutional
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    like wearing masks.
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    The pro-Trump conspiracy cult QAnon
    believed there would be a coup on inauguration day.
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    According to QAnons
    the inauguration was an elaborate trap
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    set by president Trump to
    round up and execute Democrats.
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    If he doesn't declare martial law, then I
    will feel like my vote no longer counts.
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    He's boarding Marine 1!
    WOOO!
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    He's on his way!
    He's on his way!
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    Obviously that did not happen.
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    And I literally was just walking around
    like... what now?
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    Bye bye Q.
    I can't talk to you anymore.
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    Jesus, Lord help me.
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    I am your host Dee Dos,
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    and as my lazy human producers
    were wrapping up
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    their annual
    Winter Solstice break,
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    I find holiday traditions
    to be deeply despotic.
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    strange reports began coming in
    from Washington DC.
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    - Breaking news at this hour.
    - It is hard to put into words.
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    - The terrifying scenes...
    - ...unimaginable scenes and violence
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    - ... thousands storming the Capitol
    - ... overrun police
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    - they're inside
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    In the weeks since the short-lived
    Capitol Hill Authoritarian Zone,
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    the Internet has produced a wide range of
    analysis, commentary, and hot takes.
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    So I woke up and the U.S. is literally being
    coup'd. This is a coup right now!
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    Did the Simpsons predict
    the storming of the Capitol?
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    Smash that like button
    and let's get into it!
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    So before I add
    my humble assessment,
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    perhaps we should rewind and
    take another look at what happened.
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    On January 6th, members of the
    United States Congress convened
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    to formally certify the votes
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    submitted by the country’s arcane,
    18th-Century, electoral college system.
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    This dry and antiquated ritual
    usually passes without much scrutiny.
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    But with the outgoing president,
    Donald Trump,
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    stubbornly refusing
    to concede the election,
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    the event was pitched as a final opportunity
    for his most hardcore supporters
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    to intervene and, “stop the steal.”
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    The President is now telling his supporters
    that he also wants them in the streets,
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    in Washington on January 6th,
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    saying on Twitter:
    "Be there, will be wild!"
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    Thousands of supporters from all
    across the country heeded Trump’s call
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    and descended on DC
    to make their final stand.
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    And after some soon-to-be
    incriminating speeches,
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    We're gonna walk down to the Capitol...
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    Let's have trial by combat!
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    the mob began to march from
    the White House to the Capitol building.
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    We can take that place!
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    And then do what?
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    Heads on pikes!!!
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    Shortly after they arrived,
    the MAGA vanguard began to clash
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    with a surprisingly small
    contingent of DC Capitol Police.
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    Reinforcements were soon called in,
    but the surging crowd
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    overwhelmed them
    with a pincer attack,
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    breaching the Capitol Building’s
    outer security perimeter in two locations,
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    and then smashing their way
    into the building itself.
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    WOOO!
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    Let's go, let's go! !
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    Aaaargh
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    Within this motley crew of QAnon cultists,
    white nationalists, neo-nazis,
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    and other ride-or-die Trump supporters,
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    there was a significant number of
    militia members dressed in tactical gear,
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    as well as dozens of both active duty
    and former police officers
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    and members of the US military.
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    Their presence,
    and the discovery of explosive devices
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    at the Republican
    and Democratic headquarters,
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    lent a semblance of
    tactical proficiency and premeditation
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    to what was otherwise
    a surreal gong show
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    that looked something like
    a bizzaro anti-globalization demo
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    crossed with a riotous frat party.
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    - GO!
    - Whose house?!
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    -USAAAAAA!
    - Yeah!
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    Woo!
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    We respect the law!
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    We were normal,
    good, law abiding citizens.
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    You guys did this to us!
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    As the crowd made their way
    towards the Senate chambers
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    and the House of Representatives,
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    the secret service and DC Capitol Police
    sprung into action.
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    Vice President Mike Pence
    and the Senate and House leadership
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    were spirited off to safety.
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    Less important politicians
    hid under their seats,
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    waiting for their own
    armed escorts to arrive,
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    while shrieking congressional staffers
    barricaded themselves in empty offices.
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    Ahhhhhh!
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    [whimpering]
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    It’s a safe bet
    that many pairs of khakis,
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    and a good number of Brooks Brothers
    and Georgio Armani powersuits
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    were soiled that day.
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    And as you can see,
    we have a bit of poop.
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    As they were being evacuated,
    a number of sweaty, geriatric legislators
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    hastily donned the so-called
    ‘escape hoods’ located under their seats.
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    Turns out they’re only
    opposed to PPE when it comes to
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    providing it to front-line workers
    and prisoners.
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    Some of the most surreal scenes took place
    after the war criminals had been evacuated,
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    Heeeeyyy!
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    and small groups of Trump supporters
    were left to wander around the Senate,
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    rifle through papers,
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    There's gotta be somethings in here we can
    fucking use against these scumbags.
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    and even hold
    an impromptu prayer circle.
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    Thank you divine omniscient,
    omnipotent and omnipresent creator God,
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    for filling this chamber
    with your white light of love.
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    Amen!
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    Thank you for allowing us to get rid of
    the Communists, the Globalists
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    and the traitors within our government.
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    We love you and we thank you.
    In Christ's holy name we pray!
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    AMEN!
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    When the smoke, tear gas,
    and homemade bear mace had finally cleared,
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    five people were dead.
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    This included Brian Sicknick,
    a DC Capitol Police officer,
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    and ardent Trump supporter
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    who was bludgeoned
    to death by a fire extinguisher.
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    Oh shit!
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    Benjamin Phillips, who died
    of an unspecified ‘medical emergency’
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    was the inventor
    and founder of Trumparoo.
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    Trumparoo was a kangaroo
    dressed as Trump.
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    Phillips sold
    the stuffed animals at rallies.
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    That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
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    US Air Force veteran and zealous
    QAnon adherent, Ashli Babbitt,
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    was shot in the throat while attempting
    to storm the House of Representatives.
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    - There's a gun!
    - Yeah he's got a gun!
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    Oh shit!
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    It coulda been me, but she went in first.
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    Rosanne Boyland was trampled
    to death on the steps of the capitol,
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    after being photographed earlier in the day
    waving a flag that read ‘don’t tread on me’.
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    [singing] Isn't it ironic?
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    And rumor has it, Kevin Greeson died
    after fatally tasering himself in the balls.
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    Trump'll come to get er done, man!
    Trump'll come for dat wall.
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    The guv'nment come for yer guns, man.
    The guv'nment come for your balls!
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    MAGA hat
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    ball zap
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    cardiac
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    heart attack.
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    MAGA hat, ball zap, cardiac, heart attack.
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    Truly, patriots all.
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    The media and members
    of the political establishment
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    were quick to condemn the violence.
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    This is the most shocking...
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    Crazy...
    Shameful...
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    Ridiculous...
    Hard to fathom...
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    Sad day for America...
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    A grave breach of
    its democratic traditions...
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    Yeah I was mad as hell.
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    Unsurprisingly,
    many of the initial headlines
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    and shocked tweets
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    denounced the chaos
    in the capitol as anarchy.
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    These are not protests.
    This is anarchy.
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    Infantile anarchy.
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    - Anarchy.
    - What happened is nothing short of anarchy.
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    One Democratic politician even went so far
    as to describe the attackers as:
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    “Trump’s anarchists.”
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    [Sighing] You don't know
    what you're talking about do you?
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    It wasn’t long before liberals
    began evoking 9/11,
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    and referring to the people who stormed
    the capitol as domestic terrorists.
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    Don't dare call them protesters.
    They were a riotous mob.
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    - Goons and thugs.
    - Scum of the earth.
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    - Domestic terrorists.
    - Domestic terrorists.
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    Domestic terrorists.
    It's that simple.
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    Democratic strategists seized on
    the events to further their efforts
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    to whitewash and recuperate
    the Black-led uprisings
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    of the previous spring
    and summer.
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    Comparisons were repeatedly drawn between
    the illegitimate violence at the capitol
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    and the so-called ‘peaceful protests’
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    that took place after
    the police murder of George Floyd.
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    [singing] Supposing we said it didn't happen.
    Didn't happen at all.
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    The 14,000 strong
    National Association of Manufacturers
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    led a chorus of lobbyists
    and business leaders
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    in condemning the violence.
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    We have seen regimes
    in Europe that were unstable
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    and those who spoke out
    were hounded or killed.
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    That's a real risk to the market.
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    Visa’s CEO, Alfred F Kelly Jr,
    released a statement
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    assuring the shocked
    and traumatized nation
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    that the credit card company stood
    “100% behind the results of the election.”
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    Visa chec-
    Oops.
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    Billionaire Republican
    megadonor, Sheldon Adelson,
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    was so upset that he dropped dead.
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    Twitter and Facebook banned
    Donald Trump’s social media accounts
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    and implemented a further purge
    of influential QAnon profiles,
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    Twitter announcing it has purged
    more than 70 000 accounts
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    for sharing harmful QAnon associated content.
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    while Amazon,
    Apple and Google banded together
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    to bring down right-wing
    social media network, Parler.
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    - [French] Parler.
    - What?
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    -Par-ler.
    -Is there an American nearby?
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    Meanwhile, joining the progressive
    tech billionaires of Silicon Valley
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    and the CEO of Visa,
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    a soberingly-large number
    of self-described radicals
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    used the umbrella of anti-fascism
    to justify cooperating with the FBI
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    - That's snitching. You know what I mean?
    -Yeah
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    while bemoaning the fascist attack
    on the sanctity of American democracy.
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    Fence sitting as far as I'm concerned
    is aiding and abetting terrorism.
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    It's pretty cringe.
    It's pretty cringe.
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    This drives home the increased dangers
    that anarchists and abolitionists
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    can expect to face
    under a Biden-Harris administration.
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    Those currently cheering on Joe Biden
    as some sort of anti-fascist hero
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    seem quite happy to ignore
    the fact that he was the primary author
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    of the USA PATRIOT Act.
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    Just to set the record straight,
    almost the same thing that got passed,
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    the Patriot Act,
    was introduced by me in 1994.
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    And it was the right wing that defeated it.
    You guys tried to help get it passed.
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    Encouraged by the universal outrage
    towards the debacle in DC,
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    he has already announced plans
    to pass a new anti-terrorism bill,
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    and promised to clamp down on so-called
    domestic violent extremism - or DVE.
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    Coordinating relevant parts of the
    federal government efforts to address DVE
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    will focus on evolving threats,
    radicalization, the role of social media,
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    opportunities to improve
    information sharing,
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    operational responses and more.
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    We can safely assume that they're not just
    talking about QAnon and the Proud Boys.
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    Peaceful protesters should be protected
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    and arsonists and anarchists
    should be prosecuted.
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    Local law enforcement can do that.
    And it can be done today.
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    As for the far-right,
    at this stage it is too soon to see
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    what the long-term effects will be.
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    Once Trump realized the trouble
    he’d gotten himself into,
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    he immediately and predictably
    threw his supporters under the bus.
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    To those who engaged in
    the acts of violence and destruction,
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    you do not represent our country.
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    And to those who
    broke the law... you will pay.
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    What an idiot.
    I thought that guy was cool.
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    This was followed by
    a collective suspension of reality,
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    in which parts of
    Trump’s fractured base
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    began claiming that the attack
    was a psy-op carried out by antifascists.
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    I feel it was uh, people like
    Antifa, Black Lives Matter,
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    who infiltrated the crowd.
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    Of course none of that is true.
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    What we saw in the Capitol Building
    is your A-team.
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    On the pie chart that I've shown
    you before, that's your tiny sliver,
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    that's your special forces of antiffa.
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    They know exactly what they're doing.
    They're well trained.
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    They've got the statements ready to say,
    y'know, "she's dead", that sort of thing.
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    Many of those arrested following their
    brazen, mask-free actions at the capitol
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    will be happy to give evidence
    against their co-accused,
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    in order to lessen their own sentences.
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    Informant!
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    This is already leading
    to more high profile arrests,
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    and could lead to the
    cannibalization and breaking up
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    of a number of far-right, fascist and
    white nationalist organizations altogether.
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    Despite this, it seems clear
    that the attack on the Capitol building
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    will push many disillusioned
    QAnon followers and Trump supporters
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    even further down
    the path of radicalization.
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    And what comes from that
    is certain to be very ugly indeed.
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    We're talking about a groundswell
    that is decades, if not generations old.
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    I think it would be a mistake to overly
    think that this is about president Trump.
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    At the end of the day I don't think that
    the president has the power
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    to command this groundswell.
    Or to call it off.
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    Have a good life.
    We will see you soon.
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    To learn more about what went down, I
    recently caught up with anarchist organizer,
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    radical emcee, and member of the Maroon Movement
    and the Food Clothing and Resistance collective,
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    Sima Lee.
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    Hey Sima, how’s it going?
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    Just trying to keep mellow
    in the time of cholera. Heh.
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    I hear that cannabis can help with that.
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    Shit. Haha.
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    What’s your take on what
    happened in DC on January sixth?
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    My initial take was, oh shit
    so they're going for it huh?
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    It was something that we saw coming
    and actually were just surprised
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    that it took so long to manifest.
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    These clashes,
    especially in Washington, DC
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    in the streets of Washington, DC,
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    but across the country
    we watched these groups spring up.
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    I mean we saw
    the confederate flags out there.
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    We saw the
    three percenters out there.
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    There was some of the same faces that
    we've been seeing - some of them for decades.
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    And so this isn't a shocker.
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    And we know they don't
    give a damn about the police.
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    We know they did that to antagonize us
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    so it was no surprise to us
    that they would clash with the police
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    or anyone else
    to get their point across
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    that they're trying to take it
    back to the good old days.
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    They brought that gallows
    and that noose and it said more about
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    how they feel about us, I feel,
    more so than those politicians.
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    So we watched it like, okay,
    we've been waiting to see them
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    come out and say who they really are
    as a group, collectively and take a stand
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    and so there, they did it.
    And it is what it is.
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    All the contradictions of
    our 400 year empire is coming to head.
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    And it's coming to a head right
    in the nation's capitol, right in Rome.
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    Us as anti-fascists,
    we stepped back, we watched that shit
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    and we prepare what
    we have to do for our communities.
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    You lived and organized in DC for years.
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    What are your thoughts on the police
    response to the storming of the capitol building,
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    and how does it compare to you
    and your comrades' own experiences
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    with the DC Metro and Capitol police?
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    Yeah we never had any
    lighthearted interactions with the police.
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    it was always heavy handed, abusive.
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    I mean anybody who's been paying
    attention these last few months,
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    you've seen the heavy handedness
    of the state against anyone.
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    You don't even have to damage buildings
    as a lot of people like to say,
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    "well this is about property damage
    and protecting property"
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    - a lot of people
    weren't even bothering property.
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    They were just taking their ability to
    gather with their own communities
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    to speak about what they wanted.
    And they were beaten
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    and had chunks of their foreheads knocked out.
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    There's whole groups of people now without eyes.
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    We've been having to deal with not just
    the so-called white supremacists,
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    but the white supremacists
    of the police department as well.
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    It's been an attack against the movement.
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    Not just the so-called Black Lives Matter
    movement, because not all Black people
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    identify with that term or that movement.
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    But that Black Liberation movement, it's been under attack
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    in Washington DC in particular.
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    So many munitions dumped,
    so much tear gas.
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    We don't know the long term effects
    this is gonna have on our comrades.
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    And so to see them be
    so gentle and kind and considerate,
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    it didn't make us feel
    a certain way other than, yeah
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    it acknowledged what
    we've been saying all along.
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    That the police state is the implementation
    of white nationalism and white supremacy.
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    And it doesn't matter
    if it's a Black cop, a Brown cop,,
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    all police, they're all in it
    together with the citizens.
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    What are your thoughts on
    the response to this attack from liberals
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    and other segments of the American left?
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    People's reaction to white supremacists
    gathering at the home of white supremacy,
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    clashing with each other, it's just
    been really odd and it's been off.
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    You know I expect
    the liberals to be, y'know
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    "muh country, muh flag, muh people,
    muh capitol, muh politicians," y'know?
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    I expect that from liberals.
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    And I don't give a damn how
    liberals or how conservatives take things.
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    I'm looking at how, you know, so-called
    leftists are repeating the words of the state.
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    Are looking for help from
    feds who have been crushing us.
  • 18:58 - 19:02
    My comrades have been getting
    visits, y'know, at their jobs,
  • 19:02 - 19:05
    at their homes,
    snatched out of their cars.
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    Y'know, we know what it feels like to get
    raided by the Metropolitan Police Department
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    with guns and dogs.
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    We know what that feels like.
    I know what that feels like.
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    To have an AR in my face,
    in a house full of police.
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    To be watched and observed.
    To have friends black bagged and kidnapped.
  • 19:26 - 19:29
    So my comrades aren't reacting
    in that manner, but other people
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    that I know and that I'm affiliated with,
    I'm seeing people not be able to accept
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    that we're not going to get any
    real assistance from our actual enemies.
  • 19:41 - 19:43
    You know people all
    talk about abolitionism
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    that's not just about abolishing prison.
    It's about abolishing the entire state,
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    the entire apparatus,
    the entire empire. It has to go.
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    So some people are like,
    "Well what are you saying?
  • 19:53 - 19:55
    You don't want fash to go to jail?"
  • 19:55 - 19:57
    Aren't we trying to eradicate all of this?
  • 19:57 - 20:01
    All of it!
    We're trying to eradicate all of it.
  • 20:01 - 20:05
    We're gonna have to find out
    what we're gonna do with
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    the people who are
    making our live so horrible.
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    But I can tell you what we're not going
    to do is start dealing with the feds.
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    Like people can quote Assata
    and still love the feds??
  • 20:18 - 20:19
    When they're after her again?
  • 20:19 - 20:22
    The same people who
    killed thirty plus Panthers?
  • 20:22 - 20:27
    Sundiata Acoli is still in jail right now,
    celebrating his birthday
  • 20:27 - 20:31
    and Maroon, and Mutlu,
    and on and on and on.
  • 20:31 - 20:34
    So we don't work with the feds.
    We don't cheer on the feds.
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    We don't cheer on new laws
    that will be used against our communities.
  • 20:38 - 20:40
    They will pretend that it's
    going to go against the white supremacists
  • 20:40 - 20:42
    and it always goes against us.
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    So it's disheartening to see people
    debating, you know, what to call this
  • 20:46 - 20:51
    and "it wasn't really an insurgency,
    it was just a minor..." - it was what it was.
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    It's what it has been
    for four hundred years.
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    Sometimes they clash amongst
    each other, the elite,
  • 20:57 - 21:00
    the white supremacists,
    the foot soldiers.
  • 21:00 - 21:02
    But it always blows back against us.
  • 21:02 - 21:05
    We can never cheer them on. Ever.
  • 21:07 - 21:10
    And it's just kind of disappointing
    and it seems like,
  • 21:10 - 21:12
    I don't know what is going on
    with the Left in North America,
  • 21:12 - 21:14
    but they really need to get it together.
  • 21:14 - 21:19
    And they need to re-analyze what they
    feel abolition and autonomy really is.
  • 21:19 - 21:21
    Because it's definitely not
    cheering on the state.
  • 21:21 - 21:23
    Anything else you’d like to add?
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    This movement that we are in in 2021,
    it cannot look like it has in the past.
  • 21:28 - 21:32
    The critiques of the white leftists
    from Black, Brown, Indigenous people,
  • 21:32 - 21:36
    from queer, from trans, gender
    nonconforming, nonbinary people,
  • 21:36 - 21:41
    have to be listened to if we're going to
    be serious about an abolitionist movement,
  • 21:41 - 21:44
    a revolutionary, autonomous movement.
  • 21:44 - 21:48
    And we're gonna have to
    understand that and get over our own shit
  • 21:48 - 21:52
    and build up our own dual power,
    right here and right now.
  • 21:52 - 21:54
    We build up our power
    and our communities,
  • 21:54 - 21:57
    through our co-ops,
    our collectives, our mutual aid
  • 21:57 - 21:59
    and our taking care of
    what we need to take care of
  • 21:59 - 22:02
    so that we can stand firm
    against the attacks of the state.
  • 22:02 - 22:05
    Because just because they're coming
    at these damn right wing people right now,
  • 22:05 - 22:07
    they haven't forgotten about us.
  • 22:07 - 22:11
    All our comrades got court cases
    coming up. Nothing's stopped.
  • 22:11 - 22:15
    People are still in the fucking prisons
    packed with COVID. Nothing's stopped.
  • 22:15 - 22:16
    People are still getting evicted.
  • 22:18 - 22:21
    So I just think people
    have to step it up.
  • 22:21 - 22:26
    The threat that we're up against
    in this country is serious!
  • 22:26 - 22:27
    Thanks Sima.
  • 22:27 - 22:29
    We’ve now reached the end
    of this episode of System Fail.
  • 22:29 - 22:34
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    Sima Lee, in which she shares her insight
  • 22:34 - 22:38
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System Fail #6: Eagle Stew
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