Class Warfare Blog

June 7, 2013

We Are Becoming That Which We Despise

Filed under: Politics,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 6:40 am
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I grew up during the Cold War. People called those they didn’t like a “communist” as an epithet. We despised totalitarian regimes because of their lack of freedoms, because of their abuses, of their spying on their own citizens, of their willingness to “disappear” people, to whisk them off to Gulags.

We have become just like those “enemies” we despised.

And for what?

Our government says that if they didn’t rendition people, if they didn’t spy on us, if they didn’t assassinate people, it would put us “at risk.”

And I say, “So effing what?”

Do they also say that because of our government’s actions, they are radicalizing more and more people, thus increasing our risk? Do they also say that absolute safety is impossible? Do they also say “there are other ways?” No, they do not as that would undermine their actions.

I live in the city of Chicago. It is highly racially segregated. The South Side and the North Side are quite different racially. What would be people’s reactions if the police were to start patrolling the South Side and shooting any young black man who looked like a gangbanger … because of the “risk” of crime and mayhem they might commit on the North Side? How do you expect those who live on the South Side to react to this?

We have something called “due process” in this country. Often the police say things like “our hands are tied because no crime has been committed,” indicating they can’t act based on vague threats, they need evidence of a crime first. This is one of our cherished freedoms.

This is what we are eschewing in the face we turn to the world. Those freedoms are for us, not for you.


  1. Interesting parallels Stephen.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — June 7, 2013 @ 7:12 am | Reply

  2. I’ll admit, it’s really, really, really hard to wrap my head around this one.


    Comment by john zande — June 7, 2013 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  3. We have due process in this country?

    Inflammatory comments aside, it’s precisely correct that the choice to systematically strip people around the world of their safety, privacy and, possibly, lives so (some) of us here can live in an extra measure of security and comfort is totally repulsive, and the notion of doing it to “defend our freedoms” adds farce to this tragedy, because the activities double cross the exact principles that they claim to be in service of. America’s project has been deeply flawed, troubled, on the verge of failure or in a conditoin of failure since the earliest moments of its inception… it is only a small comfort that there have been darker days.


    Comment by History of Capitalism — June 10, 2013 @ 9:31 am | Reply

    • I agree completely. The claims that the adminstration’s actions are keeping us safe go unchallemged. How safe is that, precisely? How many lives were saved? Hoow many injuries? Are we spending billions and billions of dollars to save one life from terrorists while spending pennies to save the lives of our poor and disadvantaged? I wonder when our intellects will kick in and we start asking a few questions.


      Comment by stephenpruis — June 11, 2013 @ 9:58 am | Reply

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