In Defense of Looting

This is why Donald Trump will win the coming US election:

In Defense of Looting: A Riotous History of Uncivil Action

It is on sale at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and others who all seem comfortable  distributing this book.

What is this book about:

A fresh argument for rioting and looting as our most powerful tools for dismantling white supremacy.

But Vicky Osterweil argues that stealing goods and destroying property are direct, pragmatic strategies of wealth redistribution and improving life for the working class—not to mention the brazen messages these methods send to the police and the state. All our beliefs about the innate righteousness of property and ownership, Osterweil explains, are built on the history of anti-Black, anti-Indigenous oppression.

But it only gets better.  A review in Publishers Weekly says:

Moreover, in her analysis, the “threat” that looting and rioting pose to the established order is necessary “to overturn this miserable world of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, empire, and property.”

Say that again:

to overturn this miserable world of white supremacy, anti-Blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, empire, and property.

Yeah.  This will end well.

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41 Responses to In Defense of Looting

  1. stackja

    Many died in USA Civil War to free Blacks.

  2. Roger

    Endorsed by Kamala Harris?

  3. Dr Faustus

    cisheteropatriarchy

    The awesome power of the mighty English language.
    So much stupid compressed into a single word.

  4. duncanm

    Fair enough,

    she won’t mind if we send a bunch of poor angry black people around to her house to ransack it.

  5. duncanm

    Oh.. she clarifies her position.

    When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot. That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force.

    Somewhere there’s a distinction between “mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting” and “stolen by force” which I’m missing. I guess the property owners are giving their shit away voluntarily.

  6. stevem

    I notice photo’s of the author are not as common as photos of the cover. I guess that photos of a man woman who has “washed away as their primal sin of being born with a wrong color” man not sell well….

  7. Adelagado

    cisheteropatriarchy

    Yeah, we hate those cisheteropats!

    Er, hang on a minute…

  8. Mullumhillbilly

    On sale at Barnes and Noble? Hey why not just smash the windows and take it?

  9. cuckoo

    And “Vicki” is a man, man!

  10. thefrollickingmole

    Sounds better translated into Hitler*

    But Mole argues that enslaving negroes and bringing civilization are direct, pragmatic strategies of wealth redistribution and improving life for the working class—not to mention the brazen messages these methods send to the darkies and the primitives. All our beliefs about the innate righteousness of Aryanes and ownership, Osterweil explains, are built on the history of anti-Lebanstraum, anti-superior race oppression.

    *If you can swap out racial terms from one to ‘aryan” or “White” and it still makes perverted sense and is just as offensive, then congratulations, you are fluent in hitler.

  11. cuckoo

    Shades of “Steal this book” by Abbie Hoffmann.

  12. NuThink

    One of the comments at Barnes and Noble.

    ☆☆☆☆☆1 out of 5 stars. · 3 days ago
    Total Ridiculousness!!!
    I would encourage everyone to shoplift the book. Give the vapid author a taste of their own medicine.
    C’mon. We’ve ALL been told that taking something that doesn’t belong to you isn’t right, correct?
    This ridiculous author attempts to defend something for which there is NO defense.
    Steal the book.

    Review Contains Spoilers: No

    And another

    ☆☆☆☆☆
    ☆☆☆☆☆1 out of 5 stars. · 3 days ago
    Irony Lost On Author
    The author writes a long book justifying the taking of things from others without paying because of the evils of capitalism, then charges $28 for her book to take advantage of capitalism.

    Review Contains Spoilers: No
    ✘ No, I do not recommend this product.

    .
    And another.

    ☆☆☆☆☆
    ☆☆☆☆☆1 out of 5 stars. · 5 days ago
    Horrible Writing In Defence Of An Absurd Idea
    This book goes to great length to justify looting in the name of justice… It is poorly written and poorly reasoned. Ironucally, it is priced at a hefty $28, which is hardly just. The only just way to acquire this book is to steal it, in order to protest the absurdity of the ideas espoused within.

    Review Contains Spoilers: No
    ✘ No, I do not recommend this product.

    PS
    I wonder if Vicky would accept being forced to taking her own medicine, or she should at least to offer the book for free – including free postage.

  13. cuckoo

    This is why Donald Trump will win the coming US election

    Personally I like to think it was the moment the Dems ended the first night of their convention with a gay black guy in a dress singing a 60s protest song.

  14. So book shops are happy to sell a book that encourages looting. Incredible.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is why Donald Trump will win the coming US election

    This actually is why the Dems will “win” the election.
    They have no scruples and will commit massive industrial-scale vote fraud.
    What happens afterwards I have no idea.

  16. AusAutarch

    The coverplate of the book makes the irony particularly delicious:
    https://snipboard.io/0jl9uR.jpg

  17. PaulW

    “NPR is reeling and red-faced after running a softball interview with the author of a book praising looting”

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/npr-backtracks-pro-looting-interview

  18. Lee

    So book shops are happy to sell a book that encourages looting. Incredible.

    Anybody who buys or sells the book is a hypocrite if he calls the police when he is the victim of looting.
    “White supremacy” is one of the most exaggerated tropes in modern society.

  19. Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

    Presumably Vicky Osterweil would be happy if every copy of her book is stolen and she gets no royalties

  20. Rohan

    All looters should be shot on sight.

    Problem solved.

  21. Jock

    Remember. Black Looting Matters.

  22. pete m

    Didn’t Breitbart or some other right wing news outlet get a pdf of book and advise publisher they would be hosting it given author said looting was fine lol

  23. Art Vandelay

    Heh:

    Cockburn looted the looting book
    Why subscribe to racist ideas like ‘you should pay for things that you want’?

    So, to get into the spirit of things, Cockburn pirated a PDF of the book, which was surprisingly easy to do. He also fired off this email to Bold Type Books, Osterweil’s publisher, to ask how they’d feel if the public ‘looted’ their book:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We at The Spectator have successfully pirated a copy of In Defense of Looting from the internet. Beats paying for it! We’d like your permission to republish the entire book on our website free of charge as an easily downloadable or shareable PDF file — in order to spread the message far and wide. Assume that’s fine? Please let us know if not.

    So far, Bold Type hasn’t gotten back to us. Suddenly, they don’t seem too enthusiastic about subverting racist ideas like ‘you should pay for things you want.’ How strange!

  24. Tom

    This is why Donald Trump will win the coming US election

    This is why Donald Trump will should win the coming US election

    Big difference.

    The Democrats will use mail voting fraud to try to steal the election.

    Trump needs to win by a landslide to ensure the Democrats’ voting fraud strategy fails.

  25. Daily llama

    Cis what?
    To borrow an old joke, I remember when my 3yo son came into the lounge and said
    ”Dad, what’s a transvestite?”
    I said “I dunno son, go and ask your mother, he’ll know”

  26. Old Lefty

    Until they loot her publisher’s offices and warehouses.

  27. Steve

    Some US states authorize shooting looters on site to stop them but not kill them.

    I think also in the USA that people throwing fire-bombs into building can be shot dead on site, as its viewed as attempted murder

    Will it come to that?

    I think normal US citizens are getting close to routing the troublemakers themselves.

  28. wozzup

    I am thinking of writing a book myself. It is called “In Defence of Shooting Looters in the Kneecaps.” Of course I do not own firearms and in any event would never condone such violence myself. But Like Vicki Osterweil who can understand why people loot, I can perfectly well understand why people who own the property being looted would feel justified in shooting them.
    But of course those on the Left would not agree. Though I am pretty sure a not insignificant number of those who are on the extreme of the Left would condone me being shot for my comment. Did’nt you know? Words are violence…….but actual violence is not violence. Such is the bizzarro world of the Left.

  29. The Catters who keep referring to this bloke as ‘she’ are playing their game on their turf.
    Stop it. The bloke is a bloke. He is ugly as sin and a rioter himself.

  30. Turtle

    Mark Steyn pointed out that on the first page the publisher asserts the authors right to intellectual property.

  31. That’s right Turtle: Profit for me, not for thee.
    Like Pelosi: Perm for me, not for thee.
    Democrat governors: Salary for me, not gor thee..

  32. Squirrel

    In a less deranged world, this might be dismissed as an elaborate piss-take – but it’s really just yet another illustration of the point that over-educated idiots can rationalise and justify anything.

  33. Occupy Centrelink

    Proving the old adage of the political right “socialism is theft” is not just parody.

  34. 2dogs

    So a pregnant woman seeking to organise a peaceful political protest is incitement to crime, but a book promoting vandalism and theft is not?

  35. Lee

    To the Left “the ends always justify the means.”
    And do as I say, not as I do.

  36. Rod W

    I notice Sportsbet now has Trump in favouritism at $1.85, while Sleepy Joe has slipped out to $1.95. Haven’t checked out other sites, but this movement is presumably why Joe has been smoked out of his basement and forced to hold campaign events.

  37. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    A term or two of dem rule will well and truly cure voter apathy. Much as Rudd, Gillard and Shorten Did here,

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