Their sex lives have also been greatly diminished, what with the lack of guilt-ridden, stupid college girls who offered themselves willingly to the poor and downtrodden victims of oppression
ACAB, my friends.
Today “there was definitely an upswing in law enforcement activity that seemed to fit the pattern of targeting what police might view as political residences,” said Gideon Oliver, the president of the New York Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which offers legal to support to Occupy Wall Street. “They were asking what are your May Day plans, do you know who the leaders are—these are classic political surveillance questions.”
America’s got this funny style of Fascism going on where so many of the actors (NYPD, FBI) are positively pathetic (in what they choose to focus on, in how they’re unable to see how obviously ridiculous and fucked up they are being), while the underlying ideas and principles (and the slow but certainly steady volume increase on these ideas) are really fucking frightening.
…it’s good to remember that there’s extraction, and there’s extraction; the machinery of profit exports its more sordid forms of violence just as it exports its most exploitative forms of labor; pepper spray is to the cluster bomb as the service sector is to the sweat shop. This is another reason why when folks say that OWS and like minds are naive in their disengagement from electoral politics and their belief that their civilization is irrevocably broken and unrecoverable, I spit on the sidewalk. OWS is insufficiently cynical. America is quite willing and able to destroy whole societies, yet you believe it is somehow morally indefinsible to avoid the ballot box; you think it anti-democratic? Democracy has delivered the greatest military juggernaut in the history of mankind.
Almost shouted at someone this weekend who suggested that all that matters is that you go out there and vote. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, just be counted. But then instead of arguing the sophomoric point I remembered “Live without dead time” and focused on the movie on the screen (Predators) instead.
The agents of state power cannot be prevented from availing themselves of the tools of state power through any application of the clever little fictions called laws. The law itself is an instrument of state power as surely as guns and nuclear bombs. You will often hear civil libertarian types say that the police should not act like soldiers. Why not? They are.
No right is absolute
I think it becomes obvious when the attempts at justification are put forward for the State’s violence/brutality and suppression, when Jean Quan or Bloomberg try to excuse the mountains of bullshit, you see how thin all the smoke and mirrors have gotten.