"You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
Ray Bradbury (it’s his birthday today)
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.Farenheit 451, eBook, The Pirate BayRead it online
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor,
"De-militarize the police?
After 50 years of seamlessly integrating the local constabulary into the National Security State and its War on Drugs, War on Terror, myriad and unending foreign wars, and of funneling millions of Black prisoners into the world’s largest system of incarceration, where would the process of demilitarization begin?
What, exactly, does it mean to be militarized?
Is it defined by the equipment the troops/cops carry?
Or, by the mission they are assigned?
If the mission of police forces in the United States is to contain, suppress, hyper-surveil and incarcerate huge numbers of Black people as a matter of policy, then police departments require all the tools the federal government has been giving them since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 – a cornerstone in the construction of a truly national, integrated gendarmerie, which is defined as “a military force charged with police duties among civilian populations.” SWAT teams, first formed in Philadelphia in 1964 and Los Angeles in 1967 as unabashed counter-Black insurgency units, have proliferated to the far corners of the land, and are now standard drill for warrant-serving cops.
The domestic counterinsurgency army has been methodically expanded by each successive administration, first through the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, and ultimately drawing on the stocks of, not only the Pentagon, but virtually every armed agency of the federal government…
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State, illustrated by yours truly.
"If you really think that everybody else should "just do what I tell you," you’re wearing the wrong uniform in the wrong country. And if you really can’t function with some give and take—a few nasty names, a little argument—of the sort that people in all sorts of jobs put up with every damned day, do us all a favor: quit."
Police Officer: ‘if you don’t want to get shot…just do what I tell you.’, J.D. Tucille, managing editor of Reason.com.
He has this to say about Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department; "Remember, this is a thoughtful police officer, with a PhD., who teaches criminal justice.". Gleaned from HuffPost