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The other day i wad debating with someone about cops and stuff and they were talking about all the "good" things cops do like stopping robberies and rape and how we need them for that. What would your response be to this?
If we evaluate the police on a case-by-case basis we will always find examples of the police doing things that can be considered “good” or helpful. But we will also find plenty of examples of them being “bad” or unhelpful. Usually the latter will outnumber the former, but when anti-police sentiments are raised people always focus on the “good” the police do, no matter how much it is outweighed by the bad.
But it is not a case of “good cop/bad cop” though, the police as an institution serve a specific purpose in a capitalist society and that is the protection of private property and exertion of social control. Their job is to uphold laws that are created by the bourgeois and thus do not operate in the interest of the working class. In fact these laws were specifically crafted to maintain the power of the bourgeois over us, the police are just their enforcers.
The “good” that the police do must be seen as a necessary aspect of social control. Governments must maintain some level of law and order in order to pacify the population while at the same time letting a few slip through the net in order to justify their continued existence (“If you didn’t have us, this sort of thing would happen all the time!”).
Meanwhile the biggest crimes of all are happening everyday with the explicit consent of the Government. The theft of wages from billions of working class people all over the world; the incarceration of millions of people inside jails; the murder of anti-government activists; the deaths of millions through starvation and poverty… The list goes on and on.
The police do nothing to prevent any of this because they are complicit in the crimes themselves. They are the ones who break up strikes; put people in jail; kill activists; arrest those who dare to steal to survive etc. To say that they protect us is absurd. They only protect the rich.
The truth is, we don’t need the police. What we do need is to create communities that are accountable to each other and systems of justice that do not focus on punishment or detention. This will require a complete reorganising of society however and is something that cannot be achieved seperate to the social revolution.
Making a tally of all the groups/projects I’m currently involved in and my responsibilities. This is already a long list and I haven’t even started listing my responsibilities yet!
Tonight has been one hell of a night. Went out for the first time in a long time and actually stayed out. Friend’s leaving party so stayed up till 3AM dancing to cheesy pop tunes. So tired. Was a nice way to unwind after such a fucking shit week.
To all of you crusties who worship Disorder let it be known that the singer, Taf, booked a dodgy oi band for a gig tonight and when a load of fascist skins turned up he defended them when antifascists confronted them.
Disorder are fascist apologists. They actively defend fascists. Fuck Disorder.
If you’re interested in prisoner support/prison abolition you should definitely hit me up some time. I’d love to talk about it more with people, especially practical aspects as well as theory.
I have money! Thinking of saving it like a sensible adult, but I also need to get more tattoos before Suzi overtakes me. Might finally get that raccoon tattoo I’ve been talking about forever…
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