I Say, Give Bank Regulators Tasers

I kid. Mostly. But this about servility in the face of our ever-increasing security state is dead on target:

His [Police officer Sunil Dutta] core message is this:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.

The outrageous thing is not that he says it. The outrageous thing is that we accept it.

Would we accept “if you don’t want to get shot, just do what the EPA regulator tells you”? Would we yield to “if you don’t want your kid tased, do what the Deputy Superintendent of Education tells you”? Would we accept “if you don’t want to get tear gassed, just do what your Congressman tells you?” No. Our culture of individualism and liberty would not permit it. Yet somehow, through generations of law-and-order rhetoric and near-deification of law enforcement, we have convinced ourselves that cops are different, and that it is perfectly acceptable for them to be able to order us about, at their discretion, on pain of violence.

It’s not acceptable. It is servile and grotesque.

Unfortunately, there are always scared ninnies with an authoritarian streak who want to hand over their freedoms to the authorities unchecked (especially when the blahs are out and about). As Ken White notes, “we have convinced ourselves.” We did this to ourselves, and we are the ones who have to speak out against it, even if it confers some risk. The police and their ninny-enablers certainly will not.

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