May Day’s assault on invisible violence

My thoughts on the visible violence of radical protesters and the invisible violence they’re attacking.

Central Circuit

This article was published in the May ’14 issue of the Central Circuit.

May 1st, 2014: A luxury sedan pulls up to a stop sign. The driver has just finished dinner at an upscale restaurant in Seattle’s business district. The evening sun casts a long, creeping shadow across the car’s sparkling hood. He’s tired, and ready to go home.

Suddenly, a wall of human beings pours into the intersection, like toothpaste squeezed from a giant tube. Screeching, hooting, shouting, swearing, they bear radical signs and radical hair. Photographers scurry around the crowd’s perimeter, flies on a lumbering beast. The driver blinks and shakes his head—is this for real?

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