Riots Work: How Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Were Able to Transform the Discourse of an Entire Nation

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The images are brutal. From armored personnel carriers, to sniper’s perched on rooftops, clouds of tear gas billowing down streets, the sudden sparks of flash-bang grenades — it is no wonder that the web is in an uproar and drawing the immediate response that Ferguson has become a war zone.

In less than two weeks, an unknown blip on the North American map has become the central debate of a superpower. One that thought it answered the question of race decades ago (at least, for those that are white).

While sociologists and government analysts are most likely scrambling to formulate theories as to why the killing of this unarmed black male created such uproar, the elephant in the room is quite clear.

Riots work.

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From the Absence of Justice to the Absence of Freedom – and Back?

(We Want to Be Too Rich to Go to Jail)

(by conjuncture magazine)

Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison – the case of Robert H. Richards IV du Pont irritated the media and the general public during the last days. Why is he not in jail? What is wrong in Delaware? How would such a case be treated under “normal conditions?”

Thinking about the society I am living in, I would say, the judge reacted perfectly normal. He did exactly what he was supposed to do. The case represents exactly how our legal-system and I would even say our society works. Continue reading

Floods of Cockroaches and Aliens

(By: conjuncture magazine)

I always had this feeling but now there is proof (thank you, mass media) that we are living in dangerous times. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the flood that endangers Fortress Europe but that is only the beginning. Carefully tending my fears and paranoia, I frequently spend my time on conservative news blogs and examine articles that come to my attention due to “creative” warnings.

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Isolation in Fortress Europe

(By: conjuncture magazine)

After reflections on the United States’s border militarization, this article looks at the situation in Europe — a political entity that frequently presents itself as a defender of human rights, as a place were ethical values are leading its politics. Continue reading