American History on Repeat #1
Public response to the Boston bombings has mainly consisted of ersatz compassion for victims -- and a far more honest cry for vengeance against a nineteen-year-old immigrant ("They'll get him, alright!"). Needless to say, scapegoating immigrants is an old American tradition. Take the infamous 1886 Haymarket Affair, which left eight innocent German-born workers awaiting the gallows... They were finally murdered by the state, thanks to the very same social pathology we're seeing now -- a cowed population cheering on the police to heighten already insane levels of surveillance and oppression. Meanwhile, it's quite obvious to anyone with a particle of common sense (and, more importantly, the guts to use it) the FBI bombed Boston. Unfortunately, however, most of us are wicked retahded.