12 Sep 2020

Property Rights For Us, But Not For You

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Vicky Osterweil explained the thesis of her new book, In Defense of Looting, recently to NPR:

The very basis of property in the U.S. is derived through whiteness and through Black oppression, through the history of slavery and settler domination of the country. Looting strikes at the heart of property, of whiteness and of the police. It gets to the very root of the way those three things are interconnected. And also it provides people with an imaginative sense of freedom and pleasure and helps them imagine a world that could be. And I think that’s a part of it that doesn’t really get talked about — that riots and looting are experienced as sort of joyous and liberatory.

A number of commentators have noted the consummate irony of her publisher’s author’s rights warning.

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