Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Broken Window Fallacy

Not quite the Bastiat version, but it's May Day in Seattle and the 'anarchists' are doing that thing they do;

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. | Protesters are starting to do damage. They stopped briefly at the old U.S. Court of Appeals, broke a window and set a small fire in front of the door. They also shot paintballs at the building. A large swarm of people dressed in black and carrying polls with flags on them were moving through the streets.
UPDATE: 1: p.m. | Protesters have broken windows in several places downtown and police were using tear gas and force to stop them. Police had chased the group dressed in black — the ones who vandalized the federal courthouse — down Sixth Avenue, then on Olive, then back up Fifth.
Meanwhile, many protesters returned to Westlake Park and are giving speeches and rallying.
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. | Those bent on doing damage, who call themselves Black Blockers, broke out the front windows of Nike Town and several windows of American Apparel next door. Graffiti was put on Fidelity Investments at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Pike Street. Police have blocked Pine Street and were moving along Sixth toward Westlake Park.
While in Cleveland they have bigger aspirations;
Five men described by federal authorities as anarchists who were angry with corporate America and the government have been charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge.
....The Occupy Cleveland group says the men were associated with the movement but don't represent Occupy Cleveland or its nonviolent views.

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