The Nutty Defense of Looting
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
National Public Radio’s interview with Vicki Osterweil, a “self-described writer, editor and agitator” and author of the book “In Defense of Looting,” has caused a stir. Enough so that NPR has had to add more “context” to its interview so listeners could “fully assess some of the controversial opinions discussed.”
Among Osterweil’s opinions:
When I use the word looting, I mean the mass expropriation of property, mass shoplifting during a moment of upheaval or riot. That’s the thing I’m defending. I’m not defending any situation in which property is stolen by force. It’s not a home invasion either. It’s about a certain kind of action that’s taken during protests and riots.
Regardless of how it’s described, looting is illegal. Setting illegality aside for just a moment – is anything Osterweil says about looting defensible? Steven Greenhut writes that Osterweil’s entire premise is “nuts.” But it’s also childish:
When my oldest daughter was very young, she asked why we have to pay for things. “Why can’t everything be free?” I explained that if everything were free, no one would work or produce anything or invest in factories and stores. In almost no time, we’d be staring down vast shortages—and people would go hungry. Violent thugs would rob and pillage. Society would collapse. That was a great question from a 6-year-old, but Osterweil is an adult.
Bottom line: looting is a crime…and no amount of Orwellian rationalization can justify it.
Image Caption: Fires roar and a loan laser beam pierces the lingering tear gas outside the Mark Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, July 22, 2020. Photo: Tedder/Wikimedia Commons.
Give a looter a fish, you’ve fed him for a day. Feed him buckwheats, and you’ve fed him for the rest of his life…
Dear Lumpy Rutherford: I would like to make a change to your statement. “Give a Looter a fish and your feed him for a day, Load his butt with buckshot and you will never need to feed him again.”
Great response! I agree!
Why even write a story about this worthless self proclaimed so-called writer? Vicki Osterweil is another radical POS……………. period.
I wonder how this IDIOT would feel if someone came into her home or office, and took or destroyed everything she’d worked for all of her life, but then again, the odds are this stupid witch (sorry about the misspelling) has never worked.
The excuses these idiots make up get more pathetic all the time. I was taught at Paris Island “Excuses are like a$$holes, everybody got one and they all stink.”