As if the current clashes in Ferguson, Mo., needed any additional stimuli, a group of habitual revolutionaries has tried to insert itself into the drama. It hasn't gone well, and they've clashed with protesters as well as police, as a short video posted by a St. Louis alderman shows.
The group, which calls itself the Revolutionary Communist Party, emerged from the movement period of the late 1960s and early 1970s but is now a "parasitic" organization, in the words of one sociologist who has studied it, that tends to pop up opportunistically when and where civil unrest develops.
But just who is the Revolutionary Communist Party and what is it doing in Ferguson?
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