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Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more

Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more

Considering the amount of attention that's been given to the vandalism that occurred during Saturday's Freddie Gray protests, it seems worthwhile to reread a perspective on vandalism and looting that's a bit different from the usual disapproving tone. During the protests in Ferguson last August, Willie Osterweil wrote "In Defense of Looting" for The New Inquiry, which argues that "For most of America's history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting." Even if you don't agree with his thesis, it's a fascinating read, and the discourse surrounding Ferguson that he cites eerily mirrors the...

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