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Police Officers:
The Machines of Tyranny

By Punkerslut

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Start Date: October 3, 2009
Finish Date: October 3, 2009

"There may come a time when the citizens, no longer looking upon themselves as interested in the common cause, will cease to be the defenders of their country, and the Magistrates will prefer the command of mercenaries to that of free-men; if for no other reason than that, when the time comes, they may use them to reduce free-men to submission."
          --Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1755
          "A Discourse on Political Economy"

     In every dictatorship, in every monarchy and despotism, the people cry out for liberty. They crowd into the streets, they distribute illegal newspapers and pamphlets, and they organize criminal assemblies to educate the people about the truth. And when the citizen rises for their freedom, they are beaten down. When the individual demands a right to society, they are imprisoned.

     When we ask for freedom of speech, for the right to associate with whom we want, for the right to a clean earth, safe working conditions, enough pay to feed our families -- when we make our demands, we are attacked by the government. They might rely on wiretapping and eavesdropping, prisons and jails, the death chamber and the gallows, and any form of legitimized violence. But when the protester is beaten back, when the thinker is imprisoned, when the philosopher is made a criminal... it is all done with the baton of the police officer.

"Times may come, when every proprietor must defend his own possessions, and every free people maintain their own independence. We may imagine, that against such an extremity, an army of hired troops is a sufficient precaution; but their own troops are the very enemy against which a people is sometimes obliged to fight."
          --Adam Ferguson, 1767
          "An Essay on the History of Civil Society," Part 5, Section IV

     In the prisons, they were the guards who locked up Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi. And in the streets, they were the ones who attacked and brutalized non-violent protesters The people are just asking for the right to be heard, to express their grievances to the world. Then they are attacked, kicked, handcuffed, pepper-sprayed, tazered, and exposed to biting dogs. This is the reputation of the police. They are the force of violence that defends state power.

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     Even in the United States and Europe, "where Democracy is in bloom," the police are still used for this purpose. They intimidate crowds, threaten picketers, and antagonize the common people. They could be tracking down a rapist, or going after burglars, or stopping violent offenders of some type. But no, they're out in full force in the streets, using every bit of force to push back those who want their liberty.

     It is a shock just to realize the truth of it! "Wait, so... the police could have investigated a rape case, and brought a rapist to justice. But instead, they went and attacked a crowd of demonstrators?" Yes. Instead of stopping murder, they went after prostitutes and pimps. Instead of stopping corporate crime, they went after workers on picket lines.

"The policeman who arrests the 'red' does not understand the theories the 'red' is preaching; if he did his own position as bodyguard of the moneyed class might seem less pleasant to him."
          --George Orwell, 1941
          "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius," Part I, Section IV

     This is the police officer -- they'll yawn and scratch their backs when your child turns up missing. But when you're out in the streets, reading to demand your liberty, don't ever doubt their force! Their will throw you against a wall, kick you to the ground, pull your arms behind your back with their knee in your elbow -- and the demand that you stop resisting. This is the police, and they are not attacking burglars, rapists, or murderers. They are attacking you!!

     Under a king or a president, the police attack the people who demand their rights to life and freedom. It has been the demand for bread, fair wages, civil rights, and free association. Whether elected or not, they will use force against those who want their freedom. And this force, is always a machine of tyranny. It is always the police.

"...observing those men who painfully serve the tyrant in order to win some profit from his tyranny and from the subjection of the populace, I am often overcome with amazement at their wickedness and sometimes by pity for their folly. For, in all honesty, can it be in any way except in folly that you approach a tyrant, withdrawing further from your liberty and, so to speak, embracing with both hands your servitude?"
          --Étienne de La Boétie, 1548
          "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude"


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