The analogy to the 1981 John Carpenter film Escape from New York is a limited one, for Manhattan in the fictional account, turned into one giant prison – set in what seems a now nostalgic 1997 – at least has law enforcement on the fringes. The real-life city of Seattle of 2020, on the other hand, is on the verge of ditching even that, going completely police-free, replacing them with community outreach groups, social justice committees, rehabilitation seminars, and no jail time.
Parallels with the prelude to the French Revolution seem more apt, with wandering bands of the disaffected, disillusioned and even the seemingly demonic, marauding through the streets, besieging the houses of politicians (the modern ‘nobles’), getting them out of bed under threat of their very lives to make bleary-eyed promises – reduction of police budgets and staff and so on all filmed on camera – or else – and demanding ‘reparation’ payments from whites.
Seattle may be the canary in the coal mine for what is about to dawn in America, or what once was that great nation, now dissolving before our eyes. ‘Burn it all down‘ is their mantra, which one would think a rather radical reset.