Violent Politics, Violent Police

There were demonstrations in several cities in the USA, against police murders. Police induced deaths are a problem in the USA. Yet they are part of a system, which, by some measures, is the fiercest police state in the world. As the well-known Marxist newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, largest daily in the USA, revealed: Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Stats. FBI Data Differs from Local Counts on Justifiable Homicides.” The WSJ gives examples:

“WASHINGTON—When 24-year-old Albert Jermaine Payton wielded a knife in front of the police in this city’s southeast corner, officers opened fire and killed him. 

Yet according to national statistics intended to track police killings, Mr. Payton’s death in August 2012 never happened. It is one of hundreds of homicides by law-enforcement agencies between 2007 and 2012 that aren’t included in records kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A Wall Street Journal analysis of the latest data from 105 of the country’s largest police agencies found more than 550 police killings during those years were missing from the national tally or, in a few dozen cases, not attributed to the agency involved. The result: It is nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by the police each year.

Public demands for transparency on such killings have increased since the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo.”

These are the first demonstrations since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 (which produced a large demonstration in San Francisco, with more than 4,000 arrests). Freeways even got momentarily occupied by demonstrators.

The protests are about the police killing people who should not have been killed: a 12 year old playing with a plastic gun here, a teenager there, a guy brandishing a pocket knife (the latest, today in the center of Hollywood, where so-called “stars” are supposed to parade during “Academy Awards”). Or then the police smothers a suspect to death, for the camera, in New York.

WSJ again: “Law-enforcement experts long have lamented the lack of information about killings by police. When cops are killed, there is a very careful account and there’s a national database,” said Jeffrey Fagan, a law professor at Columbia University. “Why not the other side of the ledger?”

Police violence is not directly about racism, it is worse. It is about the plutocratic order, where brute force is supposed to rule, rather than polished, policed, behavior.

Racism can be more easily remedied than a way of life. Or a way of fight.

How does the USA work? It’s a policed jungle. A jungle, with a police, a jungle adapted police. A jungle, with a justice, yielding the law, the law of the jungle.

One third of households in the USA are in possession of guns made to kill people. As the police are people too, this means that one third of potential arrests can result in a gunfight.

Thus American police views as prudent to shoot first and ask questions later. The police is also keen to arrest drivers for speeding (more than ten millions are arrested each year for speeding in California alone; quite a few of these arrests are bogus: I asked once an officer why he had stopped my friend, considering that other cars were driving at the same speed. He replied: ”Because there is only one of me.”

A speeding arrest can bring nearly a thousand dollars in the coffer of some jurisdictions (fines vary wildly, and are cashed, in part, locally). In any case, you are best advised to leave your hands on the wheel, fully visible, and dig in the glove compartment for your papers, only if asked to, by the always vigilant and trigger happy officer. Any other behavior is “extremely dangerous”, as a police officer explained to me.

Officers hold themselves in the dead angle, their hand on their gun. Just in case they have to engage in cautionary shooting.

Violent American police is the answer to violent American society. It’s a symbiosis.

So is American Justice.

Both police and justice are there to keep an aura of terror over all of society. And thus discipline. A Prussian discipline.

***

The Prussian Paradigm:

Now, all right, Prussia was violently, officially and legislatively racist against Jews, Poles and Slavs. It was part of its Satanic nature as a country a tenth the size of France, demographically, but with an army nearly as large, imbued by a tradition of mayhem.

The conquest of the Pagan natives of Prussia by the Teutonic Knights had been exemplary in its total ferocity on both sides; then the Knights themselves got annihilated by the combined Lithuanian and Polish nations… before rebounding as the Prussia of Frederik the Great, much admired by Hitler, but actually supported by Russia and Britain, and enormous ferocity.

In the end, Prussia defeated France, united all of Germany under its malevolent empire, before giving us the Kaiser, Hitler, and three wars with France, the last two of which it lost, leading to its eradication.

However, this Prussian show demonstrate that absurd, racist, unfair violence can work for generations, and build an empire.

A milder form of the Prussian “solution” was Great Britain itself: less racist, less ferocious, worked very well.

***

Why is Prussian discipline and exemplary punishment so important in the USA?

In first analysis, one can say that it is because people come from all over the world in the USA, forming a “nation of immigrants” to use the trite expression. To cement them together, discipline is needed. That and bondage of the mind through obsessive behavior pertaining to basketball, American football, baseball, charities, god, a reverence for paying for everything, and Thanksgiving.

In second analysis, though, Prussian discipline is also a paradigm for the reign of a force oriented society. Just as the power of police guns, the power of the powers that be, is unlimited: such is the mood imparted on the populace.

I am sympathetic to the cause of diminishing American violence, but asking the police to do it first, and believing that only the police needs fixing, is unrealistic.

Demonstrators know this, and protested “Justice” decisions, not just police action.

Advancing the cause of care, instead of the cause of profit, ought to have been the cause of the Obama presidency, but it did not happen.

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Plutocracy Lite, Also Known As Congress:

Instead we got Obama-care, a parody. But also a paradigm for the hypocrisy of the ruling class, the CEO class, and professional politicians with business connected families and immense riches. The two most powerful politicians in California, under Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein, are extremely rich.

Feinstein’s personal worth is 45 million dollars: not bad for somebody who only did politics all her life.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Her husband, Blum, has been doing a lot of business with the top plutocrats in China.

As Roll Call puts it:

“Feinstein’s a classic case of one of the biggest faults in the reporting requirements: assets in Blum’s name may be reported in a broad category of more than $1 million, so the calculated minimum net worth may be a significant understatement.

Blum’s assets include holdings in Current Media, the company headed by former Vice President Al Gore that was sold to Al Jazeera. He has significant holdings through Blum Capital Partners in an array of businesses, including the Carlton Hotel chain and OZ Fitness.”

We can safely say that the Feinstein couple made hundreds of millions from political trafficking.

Out of the ten richest members of the Congress of the USA, eight are “Democrats”. So much for the Republican Party being the party of money.

The tenth fortune in Congress, an ex-Microsoft executive, is personally worth AT LEAST 40 million dollars. Her husband oversees the federal government’s online health care enrollment website, healthcare.gov. In other words, Obamacare. Need I say more?

This whole American picture would be interpreted as corruption in most European countries (except for Byelorussia, and Putin’s kingdom). However, in the USA, this is not interpreted as corruption, but as legitimate business, so the Perceived Corruption Index of the USA is low.

Some young people are getting agitated, as they realize that they have been had. Paul Krugman can tell them ad nauseam, that the USA is doing better than the rest of the world, but people in the street guess that the GDP is going up, because of all the money going to the richest of the rich, has been increasing in leaps and bounds.

And simple young people are right to be angry: a few weeks after bogus elections, it’s clear nothing will change. Another long term “Democratic” Senator lost her seat today, confirming the Republican wave, the greatest in sixty-five years.

On the positive side, now Obama will be able to genuinely claim that he cannot do a thing because of the Republicans.

On the negative side, because the President selected by Wall Street (greatest source of financing of Obama in 2007-2008), did not deliver, the street may have to deliver itself through less conventional means: a demonstration in Berkeley saw violence by well-organized demonstrators, some of them hiding behind “planet of the apes” masks. Tear gas, rubber bullets were flying, stores got vandalized, demonstrators sat in front of my car, my five year old asked questions (A U turn resolved the situation).

Fixing a violent plutocracy has never been done without even greater violence, history shows (even the Athenian Republic was re-established after the intervention of a Spartan army, an enormously significant detail often overlooked by conventional historians).

Fortunately, the USA is not all the way there.

But, as the ballot box has failed to deliver change, just as the Federal Reserve had to use unusual means of rekindling economic activity (namely by giving trillions of dollars to the banks which had caused the 2008 crash), it is high time to engage in unusual means of re-establishing democracy. Meanwhile getting the old corrupt bosses out is not a bad way to start.

Overall, the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress which accompanied it, constituted a gigantic lie. And a lie to exert abuse and violence on We The People. So now push is turning to shove, and democracy is fighting back, so far timidly. Hope we can believe, at last?

Patrice Ayme’

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6 Responses to “Violent Politics, Violent Police”

  1. gmax Says:

    Another classic! I wonder if we are cruising towards a revolution? What do you think? Obama and his fans have egg on their face, but they whine the GOP did it. Before they accused the Tea Party. What happened to that?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Obama, probably under order from the top democrats and their sponsors, lied about the paralysis caused by Republicans. They could have done all the progressive reforms in the early months, including Medicare For All. They did not, because they did not want.

  2. Chris Snuggs Says:

    “How does the USA work? It’s a policed jungle. A jungle, with a police, a jungle adapted police.”

    Chris Snuggs ALL human systems are prone to human error. Therefore, if you have a police force it will be prone to error.

    As for “jungle”, I suppose we can assume that a jungle is somewhere dangerous particularly because of what some creature might do to you.

    Since there are in ALL societies in varying proportions (even monasteries) ALL kinds of people ranging from saintly to extremely evil and dangerous, then ALL SOCIETIES are perforce jungles.

    In a jungle you either decide to fend for yourself or organise a force to protect you.

    Ergo:

    ALL societies need a police force.
    ALL police forces will make errors.

    BUT

    If people did not commit crimes there would be no need for police in the first place.

    BUT, evil is within us. A percentage of people are extremely nasty. Some innocent people get caught up in this nastiness.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Agreed. My essay actually explained WHY the police in the USA had to be as violent as it is. So simply prosecuting police, as supposedly Att. Gen. Holder is thinking of doing in some egregious cases which got off the local hook, will not go to the bottom of this.

  3. Kevin Berger Says:

    FWIW, among the flurry of recent op-ed and writings about the law enforcement issue in the USA :
    http://fabiusmaximus.com/2014/12/06/crime-punishment-injustice-reform-73964/

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