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What odd times we live in!
When Seattle’s mayor, in response to intractable protests, withdrew the police from a four-block area of Seattle near the capital, the protesters established that area as the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ, later changed to CHOP for Capital Hill Occupied Protest zone, hereinafter referred to as the Zone) where the police were excluded and some of the participants claimed it to be a sovereign and independent nation based on principles of social justice. No formal governing body has been set up in the Zone so far, but certain principles have apparently been agreed upon.
Progressives claimed they wanted open borders, or something similar to that. One of the first things they did was put up barricades at the borders and enforce them with armed guards. People who wanted to enter the Zone were interrogated at the border.
Progressives claim they are for justice, and then they showed that there is no justice in social justice. Rather, their social justice is all the old ills of society in a new guise. For example, racism and sexism becomes intersectionalism. Theft and extortion becomes reparations and socialism. And it’s all based on group rather than individual responsibility.
They claimed they were against racism, and they immediately began a practice of disparate treatment of people based on race. The only difference was that people of color, trans people, etc., were at the top of their hierarchy, which enforced concrete differences in benefits and privileges people got from the Zone.
They claimed they were for diversity and proposals for a Zone governing council exclude whites.
They claimed they were against capitalism and vendors put their wares up for sale all over the zone.
They were unhappy with municipal governments that rely on arms to enforce the law. They wanted the police limited or abolished, but they found that they had to rely on the threat of violence to keep peace in the Zone. So armed vigilantes stroll around and occasionally stop and question people who they regard as suspicious. Undesirable people like conservative journalists have been expelled from the Zone. The vigilantes band together under the leadership of a warlord figure to respond to significant altercations.
It seems to me that the CHAZ/CHOP is a comprehensive refutation of the progressive agenda that participants of the Zone purport to represent.Published in