The More Our Ruling Class…

…see us as enemies, subjects, and cattle the more we will see domestic police become indistinguishable from the military.  Our Ruling Class no longer serve us.  They serve these guys.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Funny. The history of modern Europe (except for Britain, where the police originate from the criminal courts) shows the police moving away from the military, from which they had been originally made, until they became a totally separate professional body with its own traditions and goals. This corresponded to the passage from absolute monarchy to constitutional and frequently republican government. Evolution, devolution.

  • Dave G.

    I notice this isn’t a news article, but is an excerpt from a book. Don’t know if that changes the facts in the case, but it’s probably worth looking at the book and the author before running for a guilty verdict. And it isn’t to say I’m a big fan of Wall Street corporations or don’t see major problems with the direction our country is going. Just to say I’d be interested in knowing more about the book and the author who made the claims in the story, since it isn’t as if no book ever written has spun things in certain directions before.

    • Dick Reuben

      Odd, it took two seconds of google-fu to learn about author and book.

      Those are very good questions to ask yourself, and seek answers to.

      But I am curious what motivates a man to ask those questions out loud without seeking answers. Is he just a corporate shill? Does he hate children and puppies? Is he a communist? I don’t know, I am just asking a few innocent questions.

      • Dave G.

        I did the same. But I’m not going to let a few seconds of google search before I have my coffee be enough to inform me. All I saw was an author who is focused on the rise of the police state and opposes laws against drunk driving. I’ll need more. If that amount of information is enough for some people, I’ll let them make that call accordingly. For me, I’ll look into things a bit more than a quick google search before coming to a conclusion.

  • ivan_the_mad

    This is some horrifying stuff, its impact doubled by the concentration of abuses presented. I understand from a friend in the know that another reason that such raids are conducted on these games is to boost the unit’s use numbers in order to justify funding.

    So long as partisans are only willing to speak out against aggressive, militarized police tactics when they’re used against their own and are dismissive or even supportive of such tactics when used against those whose politics they dislike, it seems unlikely that the country will achieve enough of a political consensus to begin to slow down the trend.

    This statement is true in general, not merely in this matter.

  • Ian Bibby

    What’s depressing is, as a writer for Salon, the author is almost certainly in favor of the massive growth of government micromanagement and redistributionism that is *guaranteed* to result in an ever-growing police state.

    EDIT: I stand corrected. Turns out he’s a libertarian.


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