Deficient Individualism: How the Police Operate

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As an institute, the concept of the ‘modern’ police developed in Scotland in 1800, and spread throughout the British Isles. This model of policing now exists all over the world. During the Industrial Revolution (form around 1750 onwards), immense wealth was generated for the middle class which possessed the means of production. The middle class possessed the wealth and social status which granted it the economic, political and cultural power to put its ideas into practice (a further product of receiving a good education). The middle class designed and had built the machines which were placed into the buildings (i.e. ‘factories’) that it owned, and ran these establishments continuously over a 24hr period. The machines were operated by the peasantry whose cottage industries had been destroyed by the industrialisation process. The peasants headed en mass into the cities and towns to be employed in very bad conditions and long hours, as a means to prevent death from hunger and destitution. The middle class treated this ‘new’ working class in a despicable manner and paid them little in return for their long hours of dangerous work (this included the exploitation of young children). The middle class paid probably about 10% of the profit generated to the working class, and amassed the other 90% for themselves. This process of production and exploitation continued day in and day out, year after year. The middle class became overly abundant with their accumulated wealth, whilst the workers who made the profit sunk ever deeper into abject poverty, illness, injury and early death. As the workers started to agitate for better working conditions, and as certain elements of the working class took it upon themselves to ‘steal’ back the profit already stolen from them by the middle class, the middle class representatives in Parliament (the workers could not vote), started to heed calls for a body of government representatives at all levels of society, from he village to city and beyond. The Greek word the ‘city state’ and its authority is ‘Polis’, therefore the British government put forth the idea that the middle class would be protected from the working class by a government body empowered to ‘arrest’ and ‘prosecute’ with impunity. This is how the middle class British ‘invented’ the ‘police’. The police exist to protect the middle class interests in society (such as private property and wealth), and oppress and suppress the working class population so that it cannot a) band together and over-throw the middle class, or b) attain any type of independent political or cultural power (other than the ‘token’ representation granted by the middle class). The police are trained a priori to behave like a stern Victorian-type ‘father figure’ whose authority cannot be questioned by his underlings without the fear of arbitrary and/or violent reproach. The police are paid to reduce society to the status of single individuals ensnared in the all-powerful presence of the police. This represents the middle class view of the world, where ‘individuals’ are already empowered by wealth and status. This explains why the police employ two distinct methods for dealing with the general public. For a wealthy, land-owning middle class person, the police approach carefully and with respect (as such people have access to effective lawyers). In this scenario, the police effectively ‘negotiate’ with middle class people of interest, because such people represent the class that created the police to protect their own best class interests. This represents the police responding to ’empowered’ individualism. As the working class band together into ‘unions’ for self-defence and collective bargaining, the police refuse to acknowledge this ‘Socialist’ outlook. The police do not negotiate with working class people of interest, and have no interest in contacting union leaders. Instead, each working class person is reduced to the level of bourgeois individualism, but as each working class person does not possess wealth or property, the police interpret this individualism as ‘deficient’, and act accordingly. With every encounter, the historical dynamic of the 19th century is played-out yet again in the present. The potentially dangerous working class must be kept in its place by any number of legal or lawful sophistries, so as to prevent the middle class losing its wealth, power and property. When it is obvious that a police officer has broken the law he or she is paid to uphold – the State simply declares such a suspect ‘not guilty’. The suspect is then congratulated and promoted as a demonstration of who holds the power within bourgeois society. The working class does not want bourgeois individualism and is alienated by its concept. This is exactly why the police project this concept upon the working class as an intimidatory tactic. As many officers are recruited from working class backgrounds, these workers become individuals who are granted ‘limited’ access to the middle class world they would usually remain permanently excluded from. This is the reward they are granted for turning upon their own class.

When White Racism is Stronger Than a Black President

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After the alleged terror-attacks on New York in 2001, the US political system reacted with all kinds of draconian and superfluous measures collectively termed ‘security’.  Although a group of Israeli men had been caught jumping up and down and cheering the carnage (as the airliners struck their targets) the attention of the American people (and the world at large) was falsely directed toward Afghanistan and Iraq, despite the fact that the five Israeli men mentioned above all turned-out to be Mossad agents.  US statistics state that around sixty Israeli citizens were arrested over-all, and quietly deported from the country as a direct result of 911.  This situation had no discernible effect upon the US support for Israel, or its deadly Zionist policies toward the Palestinians (and their supporters).  Why would it? Israel is a ‘White’ country of immigrant Europeans that has pursued the racist policy of ethnically cleansing the non-White indigenous population – a near perfect mirroring of US history.  Eurocentric racism trumps politics expediency.  The bond of Eurocentric, racialised identity runs very deep through the history, culture and psychology of White people, and it can be seen today with the situation in the US (and elsewhere) which sees a ‘White’ police force openly apply deadly force to situations that obviously do not warrant it.  The victims of this policy are African-American and ethnic minority peoples (including Native Americans), and also poor White people who possess no political or legal power.  However, when viewed statistically, the victims of this racialised police brutality are over-overwhelmingly ‘non-White’.  This would suggest that the police actively ‘search’ for people of a specific ethnic or racial background, before making their move.  This policy is often referred to as ‘racial profiling’ and is premised upon the false assumption that Black and minority peoples act in a normalised ‘criminal’ manner, and therefore the use of deadly force is required at the point of first contact. In other words, all Black and ethnic minority peoples are assumed to be routinely breaking the law, and for the police, it is simply a matter of making an alleged crime fit the assumed suspect.  The norm from which the victims of deadly police violence are viewed as deviating from, is the kind of economically derived behaviour of the affluent White middle class, that lives safely within gated communities.  The victims of deadly police violence are often said to have been ‘resisting arrest’, no wonder, as their behaviour is actually that of an innocent citizen being falsely accused by a racist police force.  Today, of course, many Black people live in a state of abject fear of ever being approached by the police, and even in ‘prank’ videos that see fake ‘White’ police officers harassing innocent victims, many Black men automatically lie flat on the ground without being asked – whereas White people would never dream of behaving like this.  This is because White people believe it is their ‘right’ to question the police they pay for through their taxes (the fact that Black and ethnic minority peoples also pay for the same police is ignored).  Barak Obama – the first Black President of the USA – sees this behaviour perpetuated by his police forces up and down America – but appears reluctant (or unable) to do anything about it. How could a US President be so impotent in the face of an unfolding nation emergency and cultural tragedy?  How is it that George Bush senior was able to sell the world a lie in the First Gulf War, and George Bush junior sell yet another lie for the subsequent (and illegal) invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq?  Why can’t a Black President simply order these racialised ‘killings’ to stop, and demand that the officers responsible be imprisoned?  He might also issue apologies to the surviving families, and authorise compensation pay-outs and nation-wide memorials.

Random Observations of a Mad Loner…

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The bourgeois State paints any and all who oppose it in anyway (through either legal or illegal activity) as being ‘mad loners’.  Furthermore, the bourgeois media assists in this process by ridiculing the motivations for this ‘resisting’ action, and demeaning any and all associated individuals and groups.  The bourgeois State has to ‘separate’ and ‘isolate’ the protesting individual from mainstream society, so that he or she does not become a beacon of hope and inspiration to others   This character assassination is a well-practised response from the authorities, who manipulate the available information to deliberately ‘confuse’ and ‘muddle’ the situation in the minds of the general public.  Finally, whatever motivation or cause lay behind the protesting activity, the general public’s attention must be diverted away from this actual reason (such as racism in the police, for instance), and firmly focused upon how dreadful a person the protester was.  Although the moral implications vary for different protesting events, the bourgeois State will always seek to demonise its citizens to protect its own hegemony.  Whatever the actual situation for each protesting event, the bourgeois State will ‘prevent’ the full facts from being disseminated throughout society.  Whatever motivated the protest is crushed alongside the individuals involved.

Police as Functional Class Oppression

The police represent the class interests of the bourgeoisie (middle class), and its purpose is to suppress and oppress the working class by upholding a system of bourgeois law that is antagonistic to working class interests.  The false justifying mythology that sustains this abusive relationship is that the police are benevolent, and have the best interests of the ordinary people at heart.  This has created the further mythology that the police are always correct, never wrong, and beyond reproach.  This is the bourgeois obsession with religion being reproduced in its notion of a ‘perfect’ police force, the members of which are believed to behave like ‘Jesus’.  In the meantime the continuous evidence is that the police readily break the law it enforces, which often involves the maiming and killing of those unfortunate enough to fall into its grasp (even the disabled are not immune from this murderous ill-treatment).  When killing and maiming is not pursued, the police retain a constant level of emotional and psychological oppression aimed at all whom they encounter.  Whereas working class people are treated with disdain, those of the middle class that comes under suspicion are treated with deference and respect.  The police are a major component of the bourgeoisie’s attempt at retaining their ill-gotten wealth (stolen from the working class), in keeping an oppressive status quo that is designed to prevent individual members of the working class uniting to effectively fight the bourgeoisie and the police it has created.  The police prevent the working class from progressing into a state of Socialism (which would overthrow bourgeois hegemony) and this is exactly the true purpose of the police.  Of course, this systemic purpose of fundamental oppression is hidden behind a veneer of imagined chivalry which many police recruits believe is true, and which serves to motivate them to join.  A police officer in a capitalist society, is fulfilling the purpose of being convener of a ‘weaponised’ legality.

Contrary to popular belief, the concept (and usage) of the ‘police’ is a relatively modern phenomenon, and that for the greater part of its history – the British Isles had no professional police force.  The concept of the modern police developed in the UK in the 19th century and was a response by the middle class to a perceived threat that it was under an increased attack from the far more numerous (and impoverished) working class.  The modern term ‘police’ stems from the Greek noun ‘polis’ which refers to the concept of a ‘city-state’.  In the context of the contemporary police, this concept refers to representatives of the modern State, which are legally empowered to enforce the law by that State.  In the UK there was much parliamentary debate about the formulation of an official police force, as it was thought by many to be unnecessary and representative of the loss of liberal rights for all people.  The police is a middle class construct that recruits its high-ranking officers from the middle class (as a means to retain middle class control over the police), and draws the majority of its ordinary constables from the working class (as these ‘officers’ carry-out the majority of the work).  The police exists to protect the middle class from the working class, so that middle class privilege, wealth and political power (acquired during the Industrial Revolution and after) is preserved without loss.  To do this, the police routinely oppress, attack, maim and murder members of the working class, whilst treating members of the middle class with deference and respect.  Working class police officers are rewarded for betraying their class through the agency of ‘immunity’ from any consequences of their actions, even in the unlikely event that the matter ends-up in court.  Police officers are routinely filmed abusing, beating and murdering people across the globe, and the yet the footage and other evidence are ignored as the officers involved are cleared of any and all wrong doing.  The middle class must pursue this privileged policy or the majority of its working class police officers might well change their loyalties to the working class from which they came.

Middle class law has been developed by the middle class and represents middle class interests, sensibilities, and codes of behaviour.  This privileged and self-indulgent legal system is assumed to be both ‘natural’ and ‘correct’, and it is the function of the police force to apply this law ruthlessly throughout working class existence.  The working class are forced to abide by a middle class legal system that does not represent their own class interests, and which oppresses them at every turn.  As a result, the police participate in the negating of true working class culture, and assist the middle class in its oppression of the working class.  Whenever a police officer beats or kills a member of the public, the verdict is that it was just a matter of ‘one bad apple’, but in reality this behaviour goes on all the time, and never ceases, despite high-profile cases exposing police brutality.  Nothing changes because the police are behaving in exactly the manner that their bourgeois over-lords insist upon.  Police kill and main because they are taught to kill and maim, and that nothing will happen to them as a consequence.  In this regard, working class police officers remain above the law they claim they are impartially enforcing.  If the police was satisfactorily held to account by the same law it enforces, then every time a member of the public was brutalised, maimed or killed, a police officer would be sacked and sent to prison.  More than this, however, the police as it exists is a capitalist sympathiser and should be abolished in a Socialist State to be replaced by a proletariat-friendly people’s militia.

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