Magically Transform into Responsible Peacekeepers

If you fell off a 20-foot ladder, and were halfway to the ground, would you optimistically imagine that you would magically fly back up to where you were, safe and sound? Or would you assume that gravity would continue to apply until you hit the ground?

Likewise, as more and more videos come out showing the mindless mercenaries of the state (“law enforcers”) committing extortion, assault, terrorism, torture and outright murder, does anyone still optimistically imagine that this will somehow fix itself, and cops will somehow become nice? Or is it a safe bet that this pattern will continue, and will get worse, until something drastic happens?

How many times in history have oppressive police states, whether suddenly or gradually, decided to stop oppressing people? (Hint: never.) Is there any precedent for thinking that the street gang in blue will magically transform into moral, responsible “peace-keepers”? Is there any incentive for them to do so?

This empire has long since “fallen off the ladder.” Those people still hoping to campaign or vote the problem away are being as realistic as someone who fell off a ladder and hopes to magically fly back up to where he was. Like all empires before, this empire will fall. And, as is always the case, some very ugly stuff will happen along the way. I don’t say this to bum people out. I say it only to encourage people to stop looking back up at the ladder, and instead, get ready to “hit the ground.”

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.