I think it’s rich that we are shocked by the violence in Washington given that this seems to be the new level of discourse in the USA. Trump wins a questionable election in 2016 and the other extremists try to burn down Berkeley. You have a legitimate grievance against the police or courts, destroy the city of your choice, loot and set fire to it. You think your right to own an arsenal is in danger of being restricted, bring your weapons into a State legislature and threaten elected officials. So it does not shock me that the far right extremists exercise the mayhem that serves as twenty-first century America’s version of civil disobedience. Thoreau and Gandhi if alive would shake their heads in disgust.

David Brown

Montreal

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Little 'Ol Man

Can it happen here?

First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left

To speak out for me

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