Female demonstrator being attacked by the police.
Michel Foucault has written:
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,
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!
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 Bible says,
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:
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,
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.
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 it snapped.
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." [Please see our article, "The Coming War on Women."]
The 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 first time.
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?"]
Pleasantville: where most Christians live or want to live.
"free enterprise society" in which people with great wealth mostly earned it,
giant corporations got that way through superior performance,
the state represented all of us rather than some "ruling class,"
if you didn't like the law you should work for change within the system
- 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 the Elites."]
God bless you all!
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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.
Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):