Anarchists and opponents of Arizona’s new illegal aliens law (just a reminder: it’s the same as the federal law that’s been on the books for 70 years) ran amok in Santa Cruz, Asheville and San Francisco, yet it seems to be only in blogdom that one hears much in the way of news about the violence.
I’m not sure why anarchists turned out on May Day, unless they fancy themselves anarcho-syndicalists, and even then I wonder why a Communist tradition should appeal to people whose historical predecessors were annihilated by Communists during the one struggle in which anarchists actually displayed some political and military strength (i.e., the Spanish Civil War). Could it be that today’s anarchists are simply immature and unstable sociopaths who are too stupid and lazy to hold gainful employment, and for whom any kind of anti-establishment violence helps to maintain their illusion that they are meaningfully involved in the larger affairs of life? Where, really, is the consistency? They show up at meetings of multilateral organizations to protest international business, or global warming. They’re now showing up to protest border security and to parade their solidarity with ethnically chauvinistic organizations like La Raza.
I guess, for today’s anarchists, that any cause will do, as long as it holds out the prospect for lawless expressions of anti-social behavior. They’re not radicals. They’re fadicals.