According to a dismissive CNN reporter, the flames at the pizza restaurant were “extinguished quickly,” before “much” damage was done.
And the looters, after they had already stolen from and destroyed the interior of a privately owned liquor store, blocked the entrance of the building so police couldn’t enter.
And then there was the convenience store – a store owned and operated by the QuikTrip Corporation – that was completely burned to the ground.
Amid the racial animosity and the threat of human injury, an important facet of Ferguson, Missouri’s civil unrest is being completely ignored: real people’s investments, livelihoods and life-savings, and the economic viability of an entire community, are being destroyed by “demonstrators” who have no respect for other people’s property.
Small business advocates and believers in the right to private property should not be silent about this. [Read more…]