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Firebomb a Walmart

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Firebomb a Walmart is a catchphrase that originates from a viral tweet posted by X / Twitter user @LinkOfSunshine in November 2023. The complete quote reads, "People on twitter will really be like 'you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart' and then not firebomb a Walmart." While the quote is often evoked to mock vocal leftists who reject liberal practices as a means of inciting political change and advocate for violence they don't participate in, it has also drawn criticism for being overly simplistic.

Origins

On November 1st, 2023, X[1] / Twitter user @arcanecovet quoted a tweet[2] asking for recommendations on achieving a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict with an image macro of an American eagle labeled "Bad Government? Vote Them Out KILL THEM," receiving over 4,200 reposts and 15,000 likes in over seven months.

On November 3rd, X[3] user @LinkOfSunshine quote tweeted @arconecovet's post with "People on twitter will really be like 'you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart' and then not firebomb a Walmart," garnering over 2,900 reposts and 25,000 likes in roughly seven months. The tweet had its visibility limited for a short time due to it being reported for hateful conduct.[4]


Basil ☀❤❤ @LinkofSunshine People on twitter will really be like "you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart *tink* (fun police) @arcanecovet - Nov 1, 2023 x.com/LexiAlex/statu….. BAD GOVERNMENT? NO KILL THEMOT! 4:27 PM - Nov 3, 2023 -1.5M Views 191 2.9K 25K 1.7K

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The catchphrase gained traction on X / Twitter in late 2023, with pro-Israeli and anti-leftist users using the catchphrase to mock self-professed leftists and anarchists who advocate for politically motivated riots and violence without participating in it.

For example, on November 13th, 2023, X[5] user @westofmain_ posted a screenshot of the originating tweet in response to a tweet[6] by @FreeRosedark, who claimed that electoral campaigning was worthless. On November 20th, X[7] user @SwannMarcus89 referenced the tweet after pro-Palestine X user @CallaWalsh was charged with rioting after damaging and attempting to firebomb a building in New Hampshire.[8]

The tweet was also reposted to Reddit's[9] /r/196 sub on December 2nd, 2023, where it gathered over 3,000 upvotes in seven months. On December 26th, Tumblr[10] user @hivemind made a series of posts in reference to the phrase "firebomb a Walmart," gathering over 39,000 notes in five months (seen below, left).

On January 21st, 2024, economist Matt Darling @besttrousers[11] of the think tank Niskanen Center also tweeted the catchphrase, replacing "voting" with "anti-malaria nets," accumulating over 2,600 likes in five months (seen below, right).


hiveswap: hiveswap: listen i am not american. i understand that even democrats f------ suck and its a genuinely s----- situation to be in. im so sorry. but hey, hey look at me. why are you guys bullying people for saying "you should still vote blue?" Like im curious about the alternatives youve got. voting red? firebombing walmart? tumblr user catboyssepticbutthole, i know you will not be firebombing walmart. you guys are falling into the "the revolution will fix everything" mindset and then not even occupying tv buildings or organising the coup or anything. youre just posting. Don't encourage being complacent under the guise of encouraging revolution There's so many people in the notes saying "you can firebomb walmart AND vote :)" let me reiterate, none of us on this f------ website are gonna firebomb a walmart tl 5 months ago, 39,787 notes Matt Darling r @besttrousers Follow People on twitter will really be like "you believe in distributing anti-malaria nets? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart • 6:29 PM Jan 21, 2024 131.2K Views

Criticism

Many left-wing users on Twitter / X criticized the catchphrase as it garnered virality in 2024. For example, on February 17th, 2024, X[12] user @muke10101 responded to the catchphrase by claiming the logic stops working "the moment you replace 'firebomb a walmart' with 'burn down a police station,'" accumulating over 2,200 likes in four months.

On April 17th, X[13] user @JihadalHaqq criticized the catchphrase by referencing a Martin Luther King Jr. quote claiming that "…the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride to freedom is… the white moderate…," accumulating over 1,500 likes in two months (seen below, left).

Twitter comic artist Haus of Decline[14] also expressed their dislike of the catchphrase on June 21st, 2024, calling it, "one of the dumbest tweets that has ever been made." The post gathered over 7,000 likes in three days (seen below, right).


جهاد الحق Jihad al-Haqq @JihadalHaqq whenever I see that stupid "firebomb a Walmart tweet" I think of this " I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the N----'s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the N---- to wait for a "more convenient season. Martin Luther King Jr. 8:54 PM Apr 17, 2024 951.4K Views • Haus of Decline @hausofdecline. Jun 22 This isn't that much text. I just think you don't like to read, which would explain your general vibe of abject stupidity. 464 t 1.5K 48K ili 1.4M James Ponitz @Pwnitz - Jun 22 Weird thing to say to the creator of one of the most salient political commentaries in recent history Basil☀ @LinkofSunshine People on twitter will really be like "you believe in voting? that pales in effectiveness to my strategy, firebombing a Walmart" and then not firebomb a Walmart 113 118 1K ılı 427K Haus of Decline @hausofdecline This is one of the dumbest tweets that has ever been made 9:24 AM - Jun 22, 2024 - 102.9K Views 66 153 6.2K ☐ 56 ↑ :

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Geigh Science
Geigh Science

There was definitely a lot of the sentiment this is lampooning in the aftermath of October 7th, with people cheering for Hamas and shouting "By any means necessary" but then obviously stopping short of actually performing any of the radical action they were calling for others to take. Talking about how it's a moral imperative to "stop the genocide", but apparently one that falls exclusively on other people. The ones calling for it already "did their part" by scrolling through images of dead civilians on twitter- how this actually helps the dead civilians or their loved ones in any way, I have no idea.

This sort of political LARPing isn't limited to any one particular group, though. Trump supporters have been furiously jerking eachother off over the supposed necessity of civil war for nearly half a decade now. Reddit loves to seal-clap for any old act of environmental terrorism, but once again it seems to always be "everyone else" who needs to take drastic action and the people calling for it the loudest are always strangely exempt from having to practice what the preach.

A lot of it is probably government agitators laying honey traps for people as well. I think most of us would be surprised if we found out just how much of online discourse is steered and directed by alphabet agencies and bots. Real cyberpunk hours.

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polandgod75
polandgod75

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Everyone fine with violence and the like until it near you and your love one and friends.

Again I am sick to death of this political and revoultion larping. It all just shit talking and once they actually tried to do it, it a embarrassing shit show. It even worse when they pretend this fail rebel is actually a case of peaceful protest or act it was something else. Seriously it the political equivalent of wanting to fight a person until you get punch in the face and be shock by the punch.

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