‘Community policing’ is a trick – new enforcers for the same oppressors, not a dismantling of tyranny Reply

By Helen Buyniski

Russia Today

As the massive anti-police-brutality protests sweeping the US are diverted into calls to “defund the police” and to replace them with community-based enforcers, Americans would be wise to keep an eye on “who benefits.”

There’s no question US police departments have become too militarized, too much like occupying armies, when the cities they patrol truly need engagement and accountability. Police in some areas pose more of a threat to residents than criminals, seizing a bigger chunk of Americans’ assets via civil asset forfeiture in 2014 than were stolen by burglars that same year. Certainly outfitting cops with military surplus equipment, sending them to Israel to learn chokeholds like the one that killed George Floyd, and then deploying them in American schools to keep the kids safe is not a workable model.

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Anarchists & ‘Antifa’ occupy Seattle police station abandoned by ‘regime’ forces, set up ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ 2

I seriously doubt it is only anarchists or Antifa who are involved in this even in a deep blue zone like Seattle.  The uprisings over the past couple of weeks are too massive to be driven by “extremist” groups of any kind. I’ve been observing movements like that for decades, and they’re not large enough to carry out things like what has been happening recently.
Russia Today
After police in Seattle, Washington retreated from the Capitol Hill neighborhood, protesters took over the abandoned ‘regime’ precinct and erected barricades to mark an ‘autonomous zone’ for several blocks around it.

Six blocks of downtown Seattle have been declared the ‘Free Capitol Hill Zone’ or ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ (CHAZ), according to area activists that have taken control of Seattle PD’s East Precinct, on 12th Avenue and E. Pine Street.

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Hanover man who drove into protest is admitted KKK leader 2

Apparently, a lot of these “white power” types failed drivers’ ed.

The Hanover County man arrested Sunday for driving his truck into a crowd of protesters “is an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” Henrico County’s top prosecutor said Monday.

Harry H. Rogers, 36, has been charged with attempted malicious wounding, felony vandalism, and assault and battery. He is being held without bond.

In her statement, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said Rogers was driving recklessly down Lakeside Avenue in the median on Sunday, drove up to protesters, revved his engine and drove through the crowd. One person was evaluated for injuries.

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Protesters stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples at Byrd Park where Columbus statue is torn down, thrown in lake 2

This park is about a 10-minute drive from my residence. I know some of the people mentioned in this article, one of whom I’ve known for over 30 years.

About a thousand protesters gathered around the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park on Tuesday evening to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples.

 

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Black Republican Weighs In On Police, Racism and Reparations – John Wood Jr. Reply

This is an interesting discussion. They both have unusual perspectives given their unusual backgrounds.

John Wood, Jr. is a former Republican nominee for Congress, contributor at Quillette and Areo Magazines, and a national spokesperson for Braver Angels. Read his compelling op-ed about his experience growing up Black in America. https://braverangels.org/black-lives/ 

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone established in Seattle Reply

Police have retreated from Seattle’s East Precinct and protesters have established an autonomous zone in the neighborhood. Following Monday’s retreat of police and national guard, protesters have begun erecting barricades after a week-long blockade of the East Precinct.

Read more about it at Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

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Progressive Dems whitewash George W. Bush in endorsement bid Reply

This is pathetic. Even Krystal and Saager can hardly keep a straight face when they discuss this. It’s also apparent the neocons are now colonizing the Democraps now that the Repugnicans are fully Trumpized. As I have long predicted, neoconservatism and totalitarian humanism are bending towards each other.

Krystal and Saagar discuss reports from inside the Trump campaign that reveal the president wants George W. Bush to endorse Joe Biden.

Virginia To Take Down Robert E. Lee Statue Reply

This statue is located about a block from my residence. There is a row of Confederate monuments that line the avenue where the Lee statue is located, and which have predictably been vandalized and tagged with graffiti in recent days.

Kyle generally strikes me as a reasonable leftist. But he misses quite a few points in this that are rarely pointed out, but should be.

I would argue that virtually all US Presidents, with rare exceptions, have engaged in actions just as pernicious as the leaders of the Confederacy. Virtually all US leaders during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century were involved in the oppression of blacks and Native Americans on the North American continent or invading and/or annexing parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. Where does anyone think that the Western continental states, Alaska, or Hawaii came from? How did the US acquire Puerto Rico and Guam?

Even many US leaders that are considered icons by many mainstream “progressives,” and others further to the left, were tyrants in their own right. Wilson suppressed the labor movement, embroiled the US in WW1, and wasn’t the most liberal guy on race either. Franklin Roosevelt placed Japanese-Americans in prison camps. Harry Truman incinerated hundreds of thousands of people with atomic weapons. Lyndon Johnson was responsible for the Vietnam War, and Nixon and Henry the K were partially responsible for bringing Pol Pot to power in Cambodia. Ronald Reagan funded the slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Central America.

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In Klamath Falls, Oregon, victory declared over antifa, which never showed up 6

The Antifa always run away or lose when they actually get into a confrontation with those who know how to fight. They got into it with some Nazis in Sacramento a few years ago, and even though the Antifa outnumbered their opponents 6 to1 they ended taking casualties 6 to 1 in terms of the number of people stabbed.

By Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins

NBC News

About 200 protesters came to Sugarman’s Corner, the local hotspot in downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon, last Sunday night to protest the killing of George Floyd.

Like in many of the protests that have recently sprung up in cities across the United States, the group was made up of white, black and Latino people, members of the Native American Klamath Tribes and people in the LGBTQ communities: a diverse coalition in a county of 68,000 where 9 out of every 10 residents are white, according to Census estimates. They held signs, many of which have become common during recent protests: “Black Lives Matter” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Though it was a small gathering, they had company.

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“It Changes Who Has the Power”: How Bail Funds Across the Country Are Responding to Protests Reply

I am 100% in favor of many of the ideas being pushed by criminal justice “reformers” such as the abolition of cash bail, repealing mandatory minimum sentencing, civilian review boards, body cameras, police accountability, de-escalation training, etc. But let’s not pretend these are “radical” ideas or even particular far-reaching “reformist” proposals. For example, where is the “Defund the FBI” movement?

The Ringer

Rahim Buford knows what a night in a cage feels like. He can count about 9,490 of them in his lifetime. The 49-year-old manager of the Nashville Community Bail Fund grew up in a family of 19 children in Nashville. There were times when he didn’t have enough food to eat, and his classmates mocked the clothes he wore to school. His family circumstances drove him to trouble. At 18, he shot a gun at the floor of a store he was robbing, and the bullet ricocheted into an employee, killing them. Buford spent the next 26 years of his life between seven different Tennessee prisons, contemplating how he ended up there.

“I educated myself, I learned about the system, and I realized that the choices that I made were not just because I was a bad person,” Buford told me. “I learned about the history of the country I live in and then it all made sense.”

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Why filming police violence has done nothing to stop it Reply

Because the police don’t care if someone is filming them if the wider apparatus of the state is backing them up. Why does anyone think Derek Chauvin choked George Floyd to death knowing full well he was being filmed the whole time? Because he thought the department, prosecutor’s office, and the union would back him up. Unluckily for Derek, the combination of the pandemic, the depression, months of house arrest, the Ahmaud Arbery shooting, the Breonna Taylor shooting, canceled sports and concerts, closed clubs and a lack of summer parties caught up with him.

By Ethan Zuckerman

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers was captured on video, not once but half a dozen times. As we try to understand why a police officer continued compressing a man’s neck and spine for minutes after he’d lost consciousness, we have footage from security cameras at Cup Foods, where Floyd allegedly paid for cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. As we wrestle with the sight of three officers standing by as their colleague killed Floyd, we have footage from the cell phones of witnesses who begged the officers to let Floyd off the ground. In the murder trial of Officer Derek Chauvin, who was patrolling despite 17 civilian complaints against him and previous involvement in two shootings of suspects, his defense may hinge on video from the body cameras he and other officers were wearing.

None of these videos saved George Floyd’s life, and it is possible that none of them will convict his murderer.

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Tucker: Black Lives Matter is now a political party Reply

LOL. This is so predictable. The progressives insincerely co-opt a genuinely radical idea, and then the right-wing actually takes them seriously, and points the finger saying, “Look at those extremists over there!” What’s interesting about Carlson is that on economics and foreign policy he often sounds like Bernie Sanders and even ventures into Chomsky territory at times, but on “culture war” questions he always falls back on the predictable Nixonian line.

What’s Really Going On With “Defund the Police”? Reply

Our own Vince describes what is really happening with the “defund the police” movement. This is entirely predictable.

This is a huge issue nationwide: the movement being co-opted by liberal/democratic forces. Essentially what has happened is the movement is being forked. There are heavy government resources being thrown at promoting and organizing “peaceful protests” that are more palatable to the middle class and the rich. These protests make piecemeal demands through city councilmen/women (usually of color) and others who do not experience the every day violence of the police state.

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Cuomo speaks out on calls to defund the police: “They’re right” Reply

Well, that didn’t take long. When America’s own Prince Andrew picks up on “defund the police” we know something’s up. This is like some regional feudal overlord or lower strata royalty from the Middle Ages saying, “Defund the King’s knights!” in the aftermath of a peasant revolt. Obviously, you would know something is up.

WARNING About “Abolish the Police” Reply

David Pakman is obviously concerned that “abolish the police” rhetoric is going to scare the hell out of suburban swing voters and undermine Biden’s electoral chances. I would agree with that if I gave a shit about Biden’s electoral chances.  Predictably, the policing system that David is advocating is more or less what they have in some Scandinavian countries like Norway (i.e. police as professional class social workers). However, he is correct that the defund the police movement is going to not only be co-opted by progressive welfare-statists (which David favors) but also by “conservatives” (plutocrats) who would simply replace the conventional police with Blackwater-like mercenaries as “private police” (which is more or less the system they have Latin America).

–As “abolish the police,” “defund the police,” and other similar slogans quickly spread, we explore whether this is the right approach to fix the problems with our police departments

“Defund the Police?” Reply

Tom Woods raises some important questions about “defunding the police” that left, right, and center libertarians (along with honest socialists and dissident rightists) should consider. The “progressives” aren’t going to give up on their beloved managerial state and social engineering this easily. And the now-hated suburbanite “Karens” are certainly not going to do so. Nor are the “liberal” champions of the federal police state (yeah, Nancy Pelosi is really going to defund the FBI, DEA, and BATF). Nor will the ruling class proper give up the private police that surrounds their gated communities. As Vince points out, the progressives/liberals are going to try to co-opt the defund the police movement and bend it toward expanding the welfare state, and while ignoring the actual anti-policing part.

By Tom Woods

Defund the police?

Sure, and everything else the state does.

And there’s the problem.

If you want to defund the police, but still expect 64,722 victimless crimes to be punished, well, violent enforcement is going to have to be reintroduced somewhere.

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How racist policing took over American cities, explained by a historian 1

Modern policing systems were developed in England in the early 19th century, during the early period of the Industrial Revolution, for the purpose of controlling what were called the “dangerous classes,” i.e. workers. In America, the racial caste system was enacted parallel to the system of class stratification, so class subordination overlapped with racial subordination. A cop once told me that the purpose of the police is to protect the middle class from the lower class in order to secure the loyalty of the middle class to the ruling class.

By Anna North

Eugene Williams, a 17-year-old black boy, was stoned to death by white people in 1919 after he swam into what they deemed the wrong part of Lake Michigan.

In response, black people in Chicago rose up in protest, and white people attacked them. More than 500 people were injured and 38 were killed. Afterward, the city convened a commission to study the causes of the violence.

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Is there a case for Joe Biden? Reply

It’s regrettable that even reasonable social democrats like Krystal and Kyle Kulinski are now falling for the “vote blue, no matter who” line. Her idea of a DSA-neoliberal-Never Trumper coalition is absurd. Basically, all it would mean is the further co-option of the Left by not only neoliberals but by the neocons as well. Although the social democrat-to-neocon pipeline has a long history so maybe it would “work” in that regard.

BREAKING brutal polls for Trump show it’s not 2016 again Reply

Will the combined reboots of 1918, 1929, and 1968 have the effect of marking the final defeat of the traditional right-wing of the ruling class, and the full consolidation of totalitarian humanism?

Thus far, it appears that the left-wing of capital is riding the wave of popular rebellion to power, a process that has largely been the norm since the late 18th century.

Ken Cuccinelli says he believes even if George Floyd had been white his life would not have been spared Reply

Cuccinelli is both a Republican and an Italian Catholic, neither of which are known for their love of black folks. But the real issue with this kind of stuff seems to be a matter of status. All other variables being equal, I’d say that it is still more advantageous to be white than to be any other Crayola category. Whites are still the largest group numerically, and the majority of power-holders are still white, even if these things are changing. There may be exceptions in some cultural sectors, institutional sectors, socioeconomic levels, and geographical areas.

In some highly diverse major cities, being white may mean being just another minority. Some institutional sectors (particularly academia) seem to bend over backward to promote minorities and other traditionally disadvantaged groups, while traditional racism is still the norm in some institutions. There are still country clubs in my area where blacks are de facto banned. Trailer park and rural Appalachian whites have a sum total of fewer advantages than minority educated professionals.

Also, not all minorities are equally advantaged. East Asians (depending on their nationality), Jews, Persians, Nigerians, and Indians fare much better in the US than Puerto Ricans, African-Americans, Native Americans, Haitians, and Salvadorans. And there is social stratification within all groups as well. There are Mexican-Americans who are upper-class people and there are Mexican migrant workers in the US as well. Obviously, a black transgender drug-addicted street prostitute has less “privilege” than a wealthy white martini-swizzling businessman, physician, or attorney.

But to really fight the state, it is necessary to demonstrate how the state is the enemy of virtually everyone except for a very small number of people. If I had the time, I could compile encyclopedia volumes documenting cases of excessive state actions that targeted people from all across the cultural, racial, religious, political, and socioeconomic spectrum, including some that would be considered “rich” by conventional standards.

The right-wing typically ignore the race, class, and disparities when it comes to these things, while the left-wing embraces race, class, etc. reductionism.  A better way to look at it would be to make comparisons to the Third Reich or the Stalinist/Maoist regimes. The former specialized in race genocide, the latter in class genocide. But both types of regimes carried extreme repression against all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds. There was certainly ethnic and religious persecution in Communist states (often extremely so) and there was class-based repression in fascist regimes (once again, often extremely so).

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