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Does Anyone Still Doubt We Languish in a Police-State?

October 29, 2011
Becky Akers, Lew Rockwell

Hard to keep track of what’s illegal these days. The most innocuous deeds can land a serf behind bars even as crimes worthy of a sociopath earn rulers the Nobel Prize.

And so the Feds order some drones to kill American citizens and others to sexually assault them. You might think cops who pretend they joined “the force” to protect rather than lord it over us would hie themselves to DC and collar the criminals preying on us.

But no. Instead, they waddle about our neighborhoods, arresting us for “crimes” that aren’t, as they’ve done for decades – a reign of terror so long that few Americans even notice anymore.

Yet those who do contend that we’ve descended further into the police-state. Why? Because victims used to have to smoke weed in public or drag-race down Main Street to draw cops’ attention. Yes, laws banning marijuana are tyrannical, and the State has no authority, moral or Constitutional, to own, build, or patrol roads – but at least the peons knew where they stood: get caught flouting Leviathan’s silly rules, and you’d pay for it. The prudent pothead toked up at home, the speed-demon floored it on deserted highways.

But now, not only do increasingly large numbers of harmless actions violate specific, incredibly petty regulations, but cops and courts stretch such vague terms as “disorderly conduct” or “child abuse” to cover behavior they – or anyone else –dislike.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Argus permalink
    October 30, 2011 7:17 pm

    We need to redefine the word ‘Capitalist’. Too many use it where ‘fascist’ fits much better. Face it, without real capitalism we’d still be peering fearfully out of caves.
    I’m not a rich man (more your basic 99%er) but I’m all for capitalism. We need more, much more, not less of it.

    No need for violent revolution—simply put your money where you heart is, withdraw your labour and quit feeding The Beast. Stay home instead of going to work … this would be Democracy in action: enough of you voting in such a fashion would truly change the government (if you survive the backlash).

    • anonymous permalink
      October 30, 2011 7:31 pm

      @Argus: that’s quite possibly the most ridiculous thing we’ve ever heard. Capitalism is what brought this economic slump, and it’s going to take a generous helping of socialism to get us out of it. Just like in the ’30s with the New Deal. There is no quick and easy way, and unless people rise up and demand it, nothing will be done. We will sink deeper and deeper into the pits of economic depression until at last revolution is the only way.

      Argus wrote: “we need to redefine the word ‘capitalist’.” We think what he meant to say is “what the heck is a capitalist?” No need to pretend you know what the fuck you’re talking about, Argus. It’s okay to be ignorant, because the ignorant can be taught. The foolish, on the other hand…

      Argus wrote: “simply put your money where you heart is, withdraw your labour and quit feeding the Beast.” It’s not that simple, Argus. We wish it was. 1. Very few people have money anymore. 2. For the majority of the population, “withdraw your labour” is synonymous with “starve to death.”

      Not everyone is as privileged as you, Argus. Most of us do not have the luxury of sitting back on our haunches and waiting for the wage slaves to feed us.


  2. anonymous permalink
    October 29, 2011 4:55 pm

    The police are the instrument of oppression used by the capitalist upper class on the working majority to keep them from rising to the level of the wealthy minority. The only way we will ever be free of this tyranny is through open, and perhaps bloody, revolution. The day is fast approaching when such a revolution will have a very real chance of succeeding. More and more Americans everyday are waking up and smelling the air pollution. Turn off your television sets and tune into the internet. Go to Wikileaks for your news. Participate in the nationwide March against Wall Street. We will prevail.


  3. Robert Eugene Baker permalink
    October 29, 2011 9:36 am

    I always worried that the reason too many have for becoming a police officer is not really to serve and protect. Really, if you would like to bully innocent citizens, strike fear in their hearts at first sight, carry a big gun and a mean club, and occasionally be allowed to shoot these same citizens solely on your own discretion – become a cop!! Of course you will be accountable, but please, view the way judgment leans these days.

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