I’ve always thought that anarchism shares a lot of common pyscological features with a nihilist perspective.

Case in point: a peaceful protest taking place in Italy is coopted by around 500 anarchists who seem to take pleasure in nothing but filling their molotov cocktails.

Police say more than 500 anarchists—many who justify their violent acts under the mantra of those known as “black bloc”—infiltrated the otherwise peaceful protests. They were easily identifiable by their face masks and motorcycle helmets, not to mention the Molotov cocktails and paper bombs in their hands. One group known as Total Black was particularly ominous, dressed in all black with only their expressionless faces exposed. As the peaceful crowd shouted and waved their banners about joblessness, education cuts, and the dire state of Italy’s economy, the darker movement slowly stole center stage, breaking windows and torching cars.

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