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Submitted to Enough 14. Originally published by dialectical delinquents.
The UK state is planning to make someone attacking a statue liable to receive up to a 10-year prison sentence. On March 21st there was a significant riot against this proposed law in Bristol. Various articles say that this law “could lead to harsher penalties for damaging a statue than for attacking a woman”. As is typical for liberals, these articles do not at all defend attacking statues. But this long article DOES defend such actions. Moreover our goody goody liberals fail to point out that the law invariably protects property (state or private) far more than it does human beings, as is inherent in capitalist logic of the treatment of human beings either as equal to or as lesser objects than property. We don’t need to look exclusively at rape victims for this – even worse is the fact that hundreds of building workers die due to unsafe conditions each year in countries throughout the world. And the worst that ever happens is that some building company gets a heavy fine. As Jonathan Swift said “Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”
One of the major reasons for this law is the desire of the ruling class to maintain a monopoly of memory, of history.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” –
George Orwell, 1984
A list of all the statues and memorials etc. that are included in this
Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, John A. MacDonald, Theodor Roosevelt, Junipero Serra, Victor Schoelcher, General Lee, Haile Selassie, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Leopold II, Josef Stalin,. Edward Colston, Mahatma Gandhi, the anti–statue movement in South Africa, 2015, Winston Churchill, General Baquedando, attacks on religious statues and symbols, war memorials, Margaret Thatcher, Sigmund Freud, Queen Victoria, Karl Marx, abstract statues, etc.