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When a Flash Mob Is Not a Flash Mob

August 22, 2011

There have been a lot of news reports lately describing “flash mobs” raiding shops in U.S. cities. The defining feature of these groups is that they’re presumed to have been organized via the internet.

But internet communication is not the sole characteristic of a flash mob. Though the term is currently ill-defined, we can rule out some acts because other words describe them more accurately.

A sudden raid of a shop is called a heist. When there are many such raids in a short time, it is called looting. And when the looting is largely motivated by poverty and discontent, it’s called a bread riot. That is what we are seeing in the news: not flash mobs, but organized bread riots in the United States.

However, due to the misidentification of the issue by mainstream media and politicians, we’re unlikely to see any genuine solutions to the problem. If their assertion is that flash mobs are the problem, then the proposed “solutions” will come in the form of restrictions on communication—the very same thing that American politicians have denounced heavy-handed dictators for doing in other countries.

Never mind that large numbers of people are desperate enough to organize themselves to steal food and ordinary consumer stuff. Never mind that the system is failing us all supremely while corrupt bureaucrats continue pouring gasoline on the fire. Never mind that our economic future looks more and more like a downward spiral every day. The powers-that-be apparently want to put technology in a straitjacket because they’ve found an excuse to do it.

It’s another flaming arrow aimed to pass through a straw man and hit us all where it hurts the most—our freedom. No f-word offends self-righteous power junkies more than that word. To them, freedom is the smell of feathers and hot tar. It is the sight of uncountable torches and pitchforks on the horizon. It is the feel of a sharp blade cleaving a neck and the sound of a head landing in a basket.

It is the greatest fear of every tyrant that we will retain all of our freedom and amplify it with technology. If we are organized, they must obey us, not the other way around. Aristocracy cannot abide such a thing, and institutions of power will seize every opportunity to prevent it. Communication is the worst enemy of those who thrive on ignorance.

The internet is an amazing tool of facilitation, and that includes facilitating the spread of discontent. What we are seeing in the news are not frivolous flash mobs. It is the threshold of a new era that the ruling classes will fight fiercely to quash, and bread riots are only the beginning.

We must grip this tool with all our strength, and we must never be connived into loosening our grip. Our future as free people depends on it.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. joe permalink
    August 22, 2011 17:09

    These well fed African American teens with cell phones are stealing.

    It’s really very simple.

    • J Rouch permalink
      August 22, 2011 17:44

      You got that right. Not sure how stealing flat screens and over-priced footwear counts as bread riots.

      The food riots will come, but these are not them. This is just low-downs looting to get free stuff.

      • August 22, 2011 17:54

        “Bread riot” is a more general term for an uprising rooted in poverty. These people aren’t stealing because they’re overfed and greedy for more.

        If that’s all you took away from this, you missed the point.

      • ehswan permalink
        August 22, 2011 18:07

        Agreed, but more significant is the lack of any real organization, nor attempt to hide identity. These are young black unemployed males who have nothing left to lose.

  2. August 22, 2011 17:16

    From a law-enforcement angle, yes, stealing is what needs to be addressed. But you’re wrong to paint all of this as brats throwing a fit.

  3. August 22, 2011 17:43

    The author of this article is an idiot. These are lazy thieving negroes who thanks to our Socialist-welfare government have an entitlement mentality. I wonder how this clueless liberal would feel if these youths raided a store he owned or his house. These “journalist” clowns like this Jimulacrum (why can’t you use your real name?) like to pontificate from on high and rationalize criminality in the name of faux populism. Why don’t you get a real job and see the real world is like “Jim”!

    • August 22, 2011 18:12

      Ahh, nothing like an ad hominem argument to brighten my day.

      I don’t advocate crimes against persons or property. If anyone attempts to raid my home or business, he’ll quickly find himself on the wrong side of a firearm. And even though you’ve treated me like a jerk, I’d do the same to protect you.

      I’m not a liberal. I’m not a conservative either. I don’t need or want an ideology to make my decisions for me. And not that it’s any of your business, but I take care of myself financially and engage myself in productive hobbies outside of work.

      The pseudonym is to shield myself from discrimination in business, and to let my words stand separate from my person. Apparently it upsets you terribly that this makes it difficult to smear me personally. So sorry, “Meatdawg.”

      (Is that even your own website you’ve linked to? I thought not.)

  4. Dave permalink
    August 22, 2011 19:10

    “Bread riot”?
    This is a pathetic attempt to explain the savagery done by negroes for theft & fun.
    Tell me Mr. sociologist, is it a “bread riot” when these same “youths” beat & stomp white people into the ground and call them honkey?

    • August 22, 2011 19:38

      Did you even read the whole article? The point is that these incidents are not purely internet phenomena, but that they’re being framed as “flash mobs” in order to create a pretext for censorship and suppression of liberty.

      The wholesale lynching of black people in New York City during the Civil War is still called the “draft riots.” So if we’re being consistent, racial violence wouldn’t change the nature of the unrest.

      • Dave permalink
        August 22, 2011 20:11

        The internet defintely has a connection to this behavior, but unfortunately it only makes them plan their savagery more efficiently & gives them an added amount of anonymity.
        To use the term bread riot in any article pertaining to Black racial and criminal violence is just making another excuse for them.
        The last half of the 20th century has been one of overindulgence to their pathologies and poor behavior, proof of that is in the fact that Blacks themselves yell about “slavery & oppression” every chance they can in an attempt to justify their chaos & hatred towards whites.
        Slavery & Jim Crow was horribly wrong, but it has no bearing on why a Black kid born in 1994 drops out of highschool today or why they use bricks to smash the skulls of whites for good fun.

    • August 22, 2011 20:23

      Don’t give me crocodile tears over slavery and Jim Crow laws. The things you’re saying are simple racism.

      The article is about media semantics paving the road for attacks on freedom, and you’re here writing an exposition about “negroes” and their “savagery.” Consider that your last comment, Dave.

  5. bob permalink
    August 22, 2011 22:26

    umm, most of these flash mobs around earth recently are done by whites you morons. i agree that they aren’t “bread riots” since they are well fed, but they are done by adolescents who feel that they have no future to look forward to.

  6. Shannon permalink
    August 23, 2011 00:26

    these socialist never give up,

  7. August 27, 2011 19:17

    Great insight!


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