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Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on November 08, 1999 at 09:18:49:

In Reply to: with wrapping paper posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on November 07, 1999 at 22:06:30:

NJ says:

: This is where you begin to lose me. Things tend to follow this pattern; the poor begin to lay a claim to some of the wealth in society, ro begin to claim what they need to survive and live a decent life. The rich draw in the big guns and start shooting priests while they're in teh process of saying Mass. Sometimes, though not always, the poor recat with defensive violence, and sometimes they wreak excessive revenge, and sometiems rveenge becomes its own parent, and those who began by liberating people begin to develop a simple bloodlust.

SDF: Adam Smith appeared to have pretty much the same idea. Sure Smith was a procapitalist. The main difference between Smith and the current reigning ideology is that Smith didn't try to conceal the violence done on behalf of the owning classes.

: But let's be frank. We know this is not what happened in Nicaragua, nor in El Salvador, nor in Cuba. In El Salvador the violence committed by the left was entirely defensive, began after teh right wing death squads, killed far fewer people than teh right wing death squads, was more selective in its victims, punished people for crimes committed rather than to 'send a message' as the Right did, and ceased long before the right wing murders and violence did. I believe that the ARENA death squads are still active in Salvador.

SDF: The Honduran death squads are still around...

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