I appreciate the fact that Mr. Crowther had the integrity, ethics, anger, compassion and just plain nerve to speak the truth about the insane armed to the teeth police state recently experienced in elite pseudo-liberal Chapel Hill. The message the town gave to those of us who think for ourselves was clear: we do not want free-thinkers, freedom of speech, critical thinkers, non-conformists, intellectuals, political organizers, protesters or any questioning of authority in our pure lily white town. Keep the Berkeley stuff in Berkeley. This is purely a basketball focused university town. Indeed, I was shocked by the heavy artillery and complacent mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. I wonder who really put them up to this??? If I ever visit those towns again I'll be sure to go incognito and dress as if I am a conservative right winger. Don't want to be identified as a hippie or intellectual and be persecuted for it. Never know where the gestapo might be lurking next. Keep those kids in line. Crowther is a damned good journalist. My only criticism of the piece was that it was long winded. I think it should have been divided into 2 separate essays: one focused solely on the militarized war on terror incident in bucolic Chapel Hill, a horrendously scary, newsworthy story in it's own right, and the other on OWS and its participants. Thank you Mr. Crowther. Better not walk down any dark alleys alone next time you visit Chapel Hill; unless you are carrying a basket ball in one hand and American flag in the other. Big Brother is watching.
"It's that disconnect that gets exploited, often in ways that lead people to vote their fears." So true and well put. I loved Joe Bageant, and feel this is a tragic, irreplaceable loss. He definitely was trying to bridge that gap between polarized factions who don't take the time to understand each other compassionately, and explore each others cultural differences non-judgmentally. As someone who spent years in rural West Virginia and North Carolina, and now live in Berkeley, CA, I work hard to remain respectful of the good folks I knew/know whose belief systems vary from my own; but who basically want the same things.
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