Karl Marx wrote:
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
So it has been in the Michael Brown case. Comparisons of the Brown case to the Trayvon Martin case are now inescapable, and the most accurate and potentially, likely comparisons are trending toward farce. It now seems unlikely that the grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson. The political pressure for them to indict Wilson, regardless of the facts and law, is great indeed, as is the threat of violence to grand jurors and to their communities by mobs of opportunistic criminals and anarchists if “social justice,” as they see it, is not done.
If, as in the Martin case, no charges are filed by competent authority taking into account the law and the facts, will Missouri’s governor, like the then Florida Governor, appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an extra-legal prosecution? If so, there is little reason to imagine this would promptly ease tensions and violence any more than it did in the Martin case.
Here is a roundup of recent events. Facts first, analysis second, farce always.