Nasty as They Want to Be;
The Crackdown on Occupy
by KEVIN CARSON
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demonstrator being attacked by the police.
Michel Foucault has written:
"Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely
because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH. The spectacle of
the scaffold and its terror are its distinguishing marks.
Knowing that the tyrant does not shrink from atrocities
[as well as extreme forms of torture] strikes fear into
the hearts of his subjects." [To get
some idea of the kind of torture we are talking about
here, please see our article on how the CIA "manages"
it, "The Horror
of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]
Foucault was right! - the fear of a midnight knock
on the door, the disappearance of a friend or a co-worker
who had challenged the government, an unexplained death
that one thinks might be an assassination, but can't prove
it - all this strikes TERROR
and HORROR into people.
[Please see our article, "The
Death of Gary Webb."]
It compels Christians to "keep their mouths shut"
and say nothing about the ignominy of the alliance the
church has made with the monsters who stand at the head
of the American super-state, and the shame this alliance
brings on the name of our precious Savior. [Please
see our article, "The
Evil in Our Midst;" please also see, "Be
Concerned! Be Very Concerned! - Detention Camps Are Coming
to a Neighborhood Near You."]
Nonetheless, there is a duty placed on Christians
to speak out, and it is in this connection that American
Christians would do well to remember the words of Christ
when He said,
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before
men, him will I confess also before my Father which
is in heaven.
"But whosoever shall deny me before men, HIM
WILL I ALSO DENY BEFORE MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN."
You say, What relevance does this have to me? I confess
Christ before men! Oh really? Maybe to your fellow Christians
in the safety of your own living room, but certainly not
in the work place - unless that is, you "confess"
the FALSE CHRIST of America's
New World Order System!
For example, I'll wager that if you're a soldier in
America's new Crusader Army you won't speak out to your
fellow soldiers against what that army is up to in its
bloody campaign to "bring Christ to the nations;"
and that if you are an employee of one of America's greedy,
avaricious multinational corporations, I'll bet you keep
your mouth shut at the workplace about what your employer
is up to in the Third World and how contrary it is insofar
as the testimony of Christ is concerned. Otherwise, dear
Christian, you wouldn't still be working for that corporation,
or serving in America's armed forces. You'd be in prison
serving time (hard labor) at Fort Leavenworth, or you
would be "out on your ass" and homeless insofar
as your job prospects in the United States are concerned,
which is just a hair's breath away from serving time at
an American SuperMax as a so-called "terrorist suspect"
or as a so-called "traitor." THE
FACT OF YOUR CONTINUING EMPLOYMENT OR THE FACT THAT YOU
ARE STILL A MEMBER OF AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES PROVES THE
CHARGE THAT YOU HAVE NOT SPOKEN OUT, AND THAT YOU HAVE
RETREATED AS A CRINGING, SNIVELING COWARD INTO THE CORNER
SOMEWHERE AND ARE KEEPING YOUR MOUTH SHUT
- your protestations to the contrary notwithstanding.
And, once again, if that's the case, you are truly
in danger of Christ's warning in Matthew 10:33:
be in prison serving time (hard labor) at Fort Leavenworth,
or you would be "out on your ass" and home-less
insofar as your job prospects in the United States
are concerned, which is just a hair's breath away
from serving time at an American Super-Max as a
so-called "terrorist suspect" or as a so-called
"... whosoever shall
deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father
which is in heaven." (Matt. 10:33)
This kind of fear, the kind of fear that Foucault
was talking about, is an instrument of damnation for those
who labor under its shame; but there is a FEAR
that is right and good; and that's the fear of God. The
"The FEAR of
the LORD is the beginning of wisdom ..." (Psalm
It is because we in Antipas FEAR
God more than we fear men that we are compelled to take
the "Gospel of the Kingdom" to
the streets. Jesus said to His disciples:
"What I tell you in the darkness,
speak ye in the light; and what ye hear in the ear,
proclaim upon the house-tops.
"And be not afraid of them that kill the body, but
are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell." (Matthew 10:27-28)
God forbid that we should appear at the "Judgment
Seat of Christ" saying we were too afraid to stand against
the American New World Order System and the alliance that
today's church has made with it. [Please see our article,
"The Good News of
the Coming Kingdom."]
Instead, we long to hear those words,
"Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast
been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler
over many things: enter thou into
the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:23)
[Please see our article, "Are
You Willing to Speak Out."]
Disturbing news from Occupy circles about NYPD practices these
days — I mean, in addition to all those other NYPD practices
we were already disturbed about.
David Graeber, a prominent activist involved with Occupy since
its beginning, recounts seeing a woman friend in New York a
few weeks ago, her hand in a cast. A cop had grabbed her
breast, she said.
When she raised a fuss and screamed about the groping, the
cops dragged her out of sight and started working her over.
"Stop resisting!" they continued to shout, as they repeatedly
slammed her body into the concrete. At some point she told them
she was reaching over to get her glasses, which had come off
in the scuffle. In the reptilian police mind, this justified
pinning her hands behind her back and bending one wrist until
Those familiar with police riots versus anti-globalization
demonstrations and the more recent Occupy demonstrations, or
who follows Radley Balko and CopBlock, are aware that sexual
assault is the only thing unusual about this case. As Graeber
says, "arbitrary violence is nothing new. The apparently systematic
use of sexual assault against women protestors is new."
see our article, "The Coming War
Of course sexual assault itself is hardly new as a weapon
of social control, in historical terms. It appears in the
arsenals of most authoritarian regimes — large-scale,
premeditated use of rape for ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, Egyptian
troops using "virginity inspections" to humiliate female demonstrators
taken into custody, and so on.
Egyptian army arrested, tortured and forced women to take
"virginity tests" during protests.
But it's new in the recent American context. Graeber notes
he heard no complaints of sexual assault by the NYPD before
March 17; but there were several on that day (one woman reported
being grabbed by five different officers), and they've continued
since then. It's hard to avoid the conclusion that this is
a newly adopted "unofficial policy" of the police rank-and-file
— just like covering badge numbers.
What we're witnessing is the reality behind that Officer Friendly
mask. This is what happens when the state perceives the general
population as a threat, and drops the pretense that The Policeman
is Your Friend. [Please see our article, "Who
Will Protect Us from the Police."]
People in predominantly black and Hispanic inner city neighborhoods
— where police hardly bother to hide the fact that they
see the local population as an occupied enemy that must be cowed
by superior force — have seen this ugly face for
decades. [Please see our article, "The
Utility of Police Violence against the Poor."]
But in recent months, the radical
upsurge in police violence at Occupy demonstrations, combined
with ubiquitous cell phone video, have introduced the naked
face of power to many in the white middle class public for the
Lt. Pike of the UC Davis police force, methodically directing
pepper spray into the upturned faces of peaceful (and predominantly
white) college students, was a revelation to many in the burbs.
But while it was the first sight for many, it won't be the last.
Because this is what the state looks like when it can no longer
afford to maintain the facade of democracy. All that nasty
stuff that used to happen to "those other people" beyond that
Thin Blue Line — "It's Giuliani time!" — is coming
soon to "people like us." [Please see our article, "Reducing
Average Americans to Serfs in Their Own Country?"]
The American state has operated in a manner, if not lawful
at least "regular," toward most white middle-class folks most
of the time, because it could afford to. It
showed its nasty side to racial minorities and radicals, because
they were less successfully socialized into consensus reality
— and nobody "who counted" would listen to them anyway.
But most of the public absorbed its conditioning in a more-or-less
satisfactory manner. They believed this was a -
where most Christians live or want to live.
- all that stuff. Constitutionalism and legality's comparatively
no-muss no-fuss — but only so long as the cultural reproduction
apparatus successfully manufactures consent. [Please see our
article, "American Dystopia
- Living in a Trance."]
Now the conditioning's starting to wear off. A dangerously
increasing number of people understand that the system's rigged
in the interest of the 1%, and folks like us are playing in
a crooked game. The state and the corporate ruling class
that controls it have been stunned as measures that ten years
ago would have gone through without a hitch, like SOPA and ACTA,
suffered unexpected losses to networked movements. The system
can't work when too many people notice the man behind the curtain.
[Please see our article, "Capitalism:
Is It Really God-Ordained?"]
The state's functionaries are beginning
to realize how high the stakes really are. In response, its
shock troops are dropping the Officer Friendly masks. So get
ready: The state, before it's over, will be as nasty as it has
to be. [Please see our article, "Frightening
Precedents for the Coming Crackdown on Those Who Dare to Challenge
- Kevin Carson is a research associate at the Center
for a Stateless Society. his written work includes Studies
in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization
Theory: An Individualist Anarchist Perspective,
and The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead
Manifesto, all of which are freely available online.
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