Just look at those scumbags, cleaning the floor on their hands and knees.
Hello again from Madison, Wisconsin. I've got a question for you all. Have you read The Grapes of Wrath?
If not, you should. I read it between 10th and 11th grade--I also tried reading The Scarlet Letter (couldn't finish) and Walden (ditto). But I read the shit out of that Steinbeck book. Up to that point, I'd never even heard of the Dust Bowl or the Okies, and it kind of pissed me off--I mean, they could spend pretty much a whole year telling us about asshole Civil War generals, but they left this out?
Anyway, I really, really liked that book. But I always felt like it was a kind of propaganda--especially the part where the Joad family goes to the itinerant camp run by fellow-workers, and it's a little slice of heaven; the workers keep it clean and organized, they establish security and keep troublemakers at bay, and they even provide music and entertainment.
"Silly," I thought. They couldn't possibly have been focused on those sorts of things.
If anything, I'm now convinced that's the part of the book that's closest to the truth, because that's exactly what's gone on here for the last week. Look at that picture up there. People down on their hands and knees cleaning the public space that they use. The photo was taken about 10:45 Sunday evening, after the protests had subsided for the day and people were bedding down on the marble floor (Sealy PosturePedic it ain't). Check out some of these other images:
Yes, even the trash is neatly stacked.
People giving what they can to out-of-town sympathizers.
These people were doing a Dixieland version of "Solidarity Forever." It was fucking awesome.
My god, look at the thuggery on display.
These pictures are from Sunday night and Monday morning. So remember--when you hear about how violent and disrespectful we are here in Madison, you can be 100% certain that the person talking is as full of shit as the sewer system the day after Thanksgiving.