WHO WERE THE INSURRECTIONISTS?

Published February 11, 2022 by Nan Mykel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image:  Bluebird of Bitterness

As reported in an awesome analysis in the Feb. 23, 2021 issue of Atlantic Magazine by  Robert A. Pape and Keven Ruby,  money appears to have played a bigger role in the insurrectionists of the capitol than anticipated.   I’ve been told a relative of mine says he voted for Trump not because he’s the better man, but to protect his business interests.  Perhaps this means concerns about the future of taxes, regulations, climate change and investment concerns.  I wonder if somehow this reflects the shift in power from humans to corporations.

89 percent of the arrestees have no apparent affiliation with any known militant organization.

“The average age of the arrestees we studied is 40. Two-thirds are 35 or older, and 40 percent are business owners or hold white-collar jobs. Unlike the stereotypical extremist, many of the alleged participants in the Capitol riot have a lot to lose. They work as CEOs, shop owners, doctors, lawyers, IT specialists, and accountants. Strikingly, court documents indicate that only 9 percent are unemployed.”

To think that within the insurrectionists there are folks who are against each other!  Several different groups that hate one target together can produce pretty much hate.  I’ll have to read the article again to see if they tabulated any wealthy people of color.

Obviously I’ve not been on my toes in keeping up with the news.  I do wonder why we haven’t read as much about the business owners or white-collar job holders as the eleven percent militants?    My sick conspiracy theory goes like this:  Maybe the news sources or their editors/publishers also have money concerns (greed?).

I know I’m out on a limb.

Excerpts From <https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/the-capitol-rioters-arent-like-other-extremists/617895/

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