- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

The anti-capitalist fruitcakes are in town again, looking to make another political statement around the meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, hoping against hope to have a thorough airing of their important message, which is: Block traffic, destroy property, go to jail.
You know what these dedicated anarchists say. A brick through the window of a McDonald's keeps the artery-clogged consumer away.
So "bring a sandwich and a good CD" and hide the downtown Party Animals.
The fun is expected to begin in earnest tomorrow, when the various protest groups will attempt to inconvenience the city.
You think you could have problems getting around the city? Try to imagine the burdensome problem before the protesters. They go through life feeling the pain of the 6 billion inhabitants on Earth, just not your pain if you happen to come up against them. There is so much bad stuff out there. There is the starving child in North Korea. There is this or that conspiracy theory to ponder. There is the war on terror, which is not really a war, only a tediously contrived justification to try out new weaponry.
That is a lot of mental baggage to lug around. You wonder how these poor souls have the strength to rise out of bed each morning. They are brave, so darn brave, and they have come to Washington with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
They need to be heard, and you need to understand. If some of your property happens to be damaged in the process, consider it your donation to a higher cause. If these groups can save the life of one person, either a starving child, mother or father, then all the damage will have been worth it.
Just one punctured tire from a cop car will feed a family of eight in Zimbabwe.
From one of the protest Web sites comes a reminder to all activists to bring "bikes and bike parts, automobiles, vans and trucks and a brain and conscience for the media who refuse to cover our issues." The latter sounds almost similar to the mission from "The Wizard of Oz," except the activists are off to see Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey instead of the man behind the curtain. They want an audience. The police chief and his subordinates are there to listen. They want global justice? That's not a problem. Chief Ramsey is all about justice.
Here's another appeal from the anti-capitalists: "Nothing ever burns down by itself. Every fire needs a little bit of help." These ninnies just had to go there, to the city service once led by Ronnie Few, the who's who of ex-fire chiefs, with the who being highly subjective, of course. Next thing you know, the visitors will be touting the signed support of Dudley Moore. Go ahead, shove a piece of paper in the hands of the funnyman. He'll sign anything. Need a co-signer on a bank loan? You know where to go.
Seriously, it is just too bad that two anarchists don't make a right. The anarchists have their targets of interest. It would seem only fair if their property somehow became targets of interest among those who have neither the time nor patience to be interrupted from making a living.
It is hard to say how the anarchists feel about their property. Given the quality of their rants, you assume no self-respecting anarchist would object if someone grabbed a tire iron and performed major body work on his vehicle. If anything, the anarchist would have to cheer the procedure. The anarchist would have to grasp the enlightening aspect of it. But maybe not. You never know.
The self-righteous are funny that way. They can pretend to have all the economic answers. Who is ever going to know otherwise? They can put a city on notice and threaten to do this and that because of the power of their ideas. They even can disrupt the quality of your life, because it is good for you, whether you know it or not.
Here you are, with a job, bills, responsibilities and worries. You have any number of concerns, and right now, where the next Starbucks franchise opens up is not really very high on your priority list. That's too bad. Sit down, shut up and listen to the heartfelt sentiments of the demonstrators.
All some of them are saying is give anarchy a chance.
Not feeling it? Then, as Chief Ramsey has suggested, have a sandwich and pop in a CD.

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