“Filthy Parasites”

A while back, someone got upset because I called cops “filthy parasites” and said I was just “name calling.”

Well, let’s see…

par·a·siteˈperəˌsīt/ noun

  • an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense
  • (derogatory) a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.

Let’s look at this one part at a time.

Cops are organisms. I don’t believe anyone disputes that fact.

Cops live on other organisms, perhaps not physically but certainly at their expense.

Cops benefit by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. When a cop buys food with his paycheck, he is getting nutrients at his host’s expense, since the money used to buy the food was stolen from the hosts (you and me). His food purchase (and every other purchase he makes) reduces the amount of resources you have with which to benefit yourself. His existence costs you.

So, yes, a cop satisfies the first definition to a T.

What about the second part?

A cop is a person.

They rely on other people for their existence as a cop. Without other people believing cops are “necessary,” the “job” wouldn’t exist.

Cops exploit others. They “make full use of and derive benefit from” other people. This goes back to the first definition.

They do so habitually– on a daily basis as a condition of holding that “job.” If they stop exploiting people, they lose the “job.”

Now, do they give “nothing in return?”

That depends. A rapist gives “something,” but it is something unwanted and harmful. Of course, the same could be said of a tapeworm.

The lack of consent makes the difference. I don’t consent to rape, nor do I consent to being policed.

In spite of objections to the contrary, the reality, by definition, is that cops ARE parasites.

I consider all parasites to be “filthy.” If you don’t, that’s fine with me.

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H. Rearden
H. Rearden
5 years ago

You made some good points, however; a case can be made that cops do give something wanted in return. Sure one may not consent to being policed but there are people whose lives have been saved by cops. I have heard of a case in which a cop saved a woman from an attacker who was attempting to rape her. Sure there could exist and to some extent does exist market or non-state police who are paid with money that has not been stolen who could protect people in a community from those who would do harm to them. I… Read more »

H. Rearden
H. Rearden
5 years ago
Reply to  Kent McManigal

I have not read what is at those links. I have not stated that cops are good or bad but rather stated that there have been occasions when cops have done things to help people. Certainly doing good things does not make up for bad things one has done. I have not stated or implied lying about things people who happen to be cops do. Rather I am opposed to lying about stating that people who happen to be cops by claiming that those people are not capable of doing anything that is good or never do. Perhaps if a… Read more »

H. Rearden
H. Rearden
5 years ago
Reply to  H. Rearden

For the record I believe it is possible that a person can save someone’s life and still do harm to others. It is also possible for a person to generally be a nice person and at times treat some people badly. There are perhaps few people who are one dimensional.