Rev. Billy Talen and the anarchists

This AP article says that several hundred people have been protesting at the G-20 summit currently underway in Pittsburgh. The reporters, Daniel Lovering and Michael Rubinkam, write that

The hundreds of marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.

The article goes on to illustrate several other signs that anarchists were involved, such as American flags and “Don’t tread on me” banners.

Near the end of the article Lovering and Rubinkam report that

The march had begun at a city park, where an activist from New York City, dressed in a white suit with a preacher’s collar, started it off with a speech through a bullhorn.

“They are not operating on Earth time. … They are accommodating the devil,” he said. “To love democracy and to love the earth is to be a radical now.”

The activist, Billy Talen, travels the country preaching against consumerism. He initially identified himself as “the Rev. Billy from the Church of Life After Shopping.”

That of course would be our Rev. Billy, candidate for Mayor of New York City.

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  1. Anarchists wouldn’t have American flags, and the “don’t tread on me” flags have been more in vogue with the tea party crowd recently.

  2. When the tea baggers start smashing windows and doing property damage – look out. And when the police start tear gassing them – we have a bonafide revolution on our hands.

  3. The anarchists don’t seem to realize that capitalism is anarchy. Anyone in the system can produce a product, open a business, charge whatever they want, and attempt to get the fickle public to buy their product. It’s the wild west, and the rules change constantly. No what the anarchists advocate is not real anarchy, what they want is a heavily structured government dominated system where the rules are strict… and the rules follow only their personal beliefs. You know, like the Facists and Communists systems. There was no anarchy under those systems, just single minded government dominated societal and economic rules. Thank goodness we live in a anarchy based capitalistic system, where everyone can advocate their own personal opinions without fear of oppression. When the so called anarchists take over, you can be that freedom will be the first to go.

  4. Anyone who thinks we have anarcho-capitalism now has obviously not tried to start a business lately. There are lots of rules and quite a bit of red tape in the ‘Land of the Free’. If everything was deregulated and complete freedom allowed (with the one restriction that your actions could not bring harm to others), it would be an entirely different ballgame than the Corporate/Government/Elite brand of Capitalism we have now!

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