"This was a group of so-called alt-right protesters who decided that a socialist bookshop, which stocks radical literature and working-class history titles and provides stalls for national trade union conferences, was a legitimate target for violence."

If this kind of shit doesn't wake up people, then nothing will. Fascists attacking books is the last step before fascists attacking people.

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@Antanicus The bookstore owner pathetically whinged, “But what can you do? We can’t be having guards, we’re not a disco with bouncers, we’re a bookshop.” That’s about the size of the problem. Few enough on the Left have a realistic sense of the current threat condition.

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@Shufei @Antanicus

I used to help put on "discos" (well quite large raves to be fair). those who didn't deploy /some/ kind of security (not always obvious "bouncer" types) soon found out the hard way why it might be needed. I've helped guard a few squats and I am not a big scary guy either!

Not all people who work in security related jobs are authoritarian knuckle dragging meatheads and some like to read books (and understand the need to protect them...)

@Shufei @Antanicus What are you saying? That people attacking book stores is not a problem because the book stores could simply hire security?

This makes going from a country/world where bookstores aren't attacked to one where they are not a problem?

I would prefer to keep my dystopia where there are armed guards on every street corner confined to my books, thank you.

@notclacke @Antanicus No, pleroma account, you completely missed my meaning. Read it again. “Hiring security” or “calling the police” are symptoms of the paradigmatic problem of cognitive framing here. Attacking leftish bookstores *is* the problem, and not to be wished away. The issue is we are living in that dystopia *now*, and have been for some time, so putting one’s head in the sand is the issue. Have a front line org? Institute some basic opsec.

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