I read “In Defense of Looting” (after legally acquiring a copy). My review in
A fair amount of stupidity in liberal Twitter discourse — such as people being uncomfortable saying looting is bad — stems from having decided literal communists like Osterweil are cool, in the high school sense, and not wanting to be mocked by them.
“When I think of riots and smashed storefronts, I think of Kristallnacht. I think of American businesses built by penniless immigrants who preferred to forfeit their vacations and weekends for 30 years rather than see their children suffer as they did.”
"What do you do when the free stuff runs out, the businesses and ordinary people who invested in your city decide not to make that mistake again, and—oops!—a few shopkeepers get beaten to death?" writes
"By now you have guessed that I am not the audience for this book. I have a job, and am therefore invested in building a system where you get paid for your work and pay others for theirs...." -- on that pro-looting book featured by NPR
This is the most brutal book review I've read in a long time
Always read Graeme Wood ().
This article is so, so well-written. And about two paragraphs in, something about the quotes from Osterweil raised a question in my mind that a quick Google search proved correct. Which I found interesting
"Osterweil at least has the psychology right when she says that looting can be 'joyous and liberatory.' I have never seen a sullen looter, but I have seen plenty of shop owners crying next to the smoking remains of their children’s future."
Read this excellent article. And if you're the next journalist to probe the work of a callous apologist for destruction please interrogate it as thoroughly as he did.
Excellent piece. There’s no defense of looting if you desire a more just society.
“Osterweil is unable or unwilling to relate to anyone at all with anything resembling a sense of humanity.” —
This combination of essays by --together--is particularly powerful and suggests why we might not want to have a degenerate culture that glamorizes violence.
Critiques of the godawful defense-of-looting book are so numerous as to be (you might say) free for the taking, but 's in , finely written and argued, is the best I've seen.
Why, yes, looting is bad ... but in the kicker, this piece also provides a remarkably cogent argument for why allowing bad ideas into our discourse is so valuable for a free society.
Maybe you’re tempted to steal Vicky Osterweil’s book, in which she denies the legitimacy of property rights and urges you to steal stuff. Just remember: if you steal from a bookstore, you are stealing the store, which bought the book from the publisher.
Finally got to this. Such a righteous rebuke of the grotesque, morally bankrupt apologia for looting.
"What do you do when the free stuff runs out, the businesses and ordinary people who invested in your city decide not to make that mistake again, and—oops!—a few shopkeepers get beaten to death?" writes: h/t
Suggestion for another letter, via in the Atlantic, perhaps time for another letter asking Isaacson for his critique of Osterweill.
A brilliant and instructive demolition by Graeme Wood.
"My favorite line in the book was written not by the author but by her publisher: 'The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book without permission is a theft of the author’s intellectual property.' Evisceration of cretino-leftist praise of looters
Yes, there really is a book called "In Defense of Looting," and wants you to read it. So first read this: And then sit back and enjoy 's exquisite commentary:
“If the real, lasting change you wish to effect is burning society to cinders, then perhaps looting is the right tool.” Great and sometimes biting piece by
"Osterweil at least has the psychology right when she says that looting can be 'joyous and liberatory.' I have never seen a sullen looter, but I have seen plenty of shop owners crying next to the smoking remains of their children’s future."
Vicky Osterweil—a white woman—believes that Jewish and Asian shopkeepers are on the "front-line of the confrontation between capital" and labor, which is why looting their stores is justified. Sounds pretty racist and anti-Semitic to me.
A measure of where we are. It's necessary to say that looting is wrong.
Excellent review by an emotional and intellectual adult, of an asinine book written by an emotional and intellectual child.
If you haven't alread, make sure you read 's piece on Osterweil's book:
There Is No Defense of Looting
There Is No Defense of Looting - The Atlantic
"If Osterweil’s defense is a bad one, she has now given other pro-looters a chance to reply to it and say why. If they do not, we can assume that they agree with Osterweil, and her argument is the pinnacle of looting apologia."
"What do you do when the free stuff runs out, the businesses and ordinary people who invested in your city decide not to make that mistake again, and—oops!—a few shopkeepers get beaten to death?"
"What do you do when the free stuff runs out, the businesses and ordinary people who invested in your city decide not to make that mistake again, and—oops!—a few shopkeepers get beaten to death?" writes
Excellent, lacerating review of the recent book that defends rioting and looting, by .