Two NYPD cops are dead in what appears to be an execution motivated by the Eric Garner and Michael Brown killings by police. The alleged shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley is reportedly dead as well, of a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Given previous statements I’ve made when police have been killed, a lot of people were anxious to see what I had to say about the subject. Surprisingly though, I don’t find this story all that interesting. In fact, I don’t give a shit, at all.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley was no hero. As I hear it he shot his girlfriend not too long ago, and while there are plenty of reasons to hate and even kill police, Michael Brown isn’t one of them. As far as I’m concerned, his death is good news same as the death of the cops he shot. Three more violent criminals off the street, bad guys killing bad guys, seems to me like Saturday was a good day.
Likewise, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos chose their fate. They had plenty of options in this world. They were not conscripted into the world’s seventh largest army, they joined voluntarily. They submitted applications, went to an academy, swore oaths, and dedicated their lives to oppressing, not protecting, their fellow man.
Nobody forced them, but they forced others.
Every single day, they collected money that was taken from people by threat of force. Every day, they made the choice to put on that uniform and go to work. They chose to sit in their car and wait for someone who had the nerve to disobey the edicts of their political masters. They chose to approach those people and threaten them with violence. They chose to disarm gun owners. They chose to kidnap marijuana smokers. They chose to extort motorists. They chose to search people without cause. They chose a career where it was their job to gun down anyone who dared resist them.
I find it simply amazing that they get to behave this way every day, and these people get to walk around in relative safety. Police always talk about how dangerous their jobs are, but anybody who bothers to take a look knows this isn’t true at all. Police literally walk around with a license to kill, and yet they are less likely to be killed at work than loggers, fishermen, pilots, roofers, and dozens of other professions. The NYPD, one of the most ruthless police forces on the planet, hasn’t lost an officer since 2011.
I’d frankly find it far more concerning if a few of them didn’t die after one of them strangled a man on the street for tax evasion, in broad daylight, with dozens of witnesses and a video recording. I mean, what planet are we living on? Somebody has to hold these people accountable at some point, and we’ve seen plenty of evidence that “the system” isn’t going to do that. It never has, and there is no reasonable expectation that it ever will. In fact, all evidence would suggest that “the system” is there to do the exact opposite of holding these people accountable. Do the people who decry this violence as unjustified propose that we instead allow innocent men, women, and children to be slaughtered, kidnapped, robbed, and assaulted for all of eternity, with absolutely no repercussions for the perpetrators?
I’m a big fan of individuality. I don’t tend to believe in holding groups responsible for the actions of one individual.
I do however believe in conspiracy. When members of a group work together to commit, cover up, or avoid responsibility for a crime, they are collectively responsible for that act.
Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner on the street for tax evasion. Eric Garner did not pay the taxes that paid his salary, and the salaries of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, so Daniel Pantaleo killed him. This is not some big secret, there’s video, and lots of witnesses.
His coworkers helped him do it. They protected him from the crowds. The prosecutor made sure he wasn’t indicted. Today he lives a pretty normal life, while if any of us had done such a thing, we probably would have been killed on the spot, or spending the rest of our lives in prison.
What do you think would happen to Daniel Pantaleo without the protection of the NYPD? I imagine he would be held accountable rather rapidly. I don’t think he would be long for this world at all.
What do you think Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu would have done if they caught you trying to do to Daniel Pantaleo what he did to Eric Garner? I doubt they would have said “Good job, citizen, keep on holding police accountable!” In fact, if you put a gun on your hip, drove to Daniel Panealeo’s house, and got stopped at a checkpoint on the way, Rafael Ramos or Wejian Liu would have arrested you for felony weapons possession.
Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu knew what Daniel Pantaleo did. Why didn’t they do something about it? Why didn’t they “protect and serve” the people of New York? Why were they sitting in their car in Bedford Stuyvesant instead of arresting a murderer who had been caught on camera?
Because they were in on it. He was just making sure they all got paid, after all…
Imagine if this scenario happened with private citizens.
John is a drug dealer. Joe owes John money for drugs. John strangles Joe to death on a busy street in front of dozens of witnesses with cameras.
The police are called, they identify John, and set off to apprehend him.
John sees the cops coming, and he runs from them. John goes to Bill’s house with the police hot on his tail. Bill offers to protect John, and points his rifle out the window at the police, warning them not to enter the home.
The police do not stand outside and say “We can’t enter that home, Bill didn’t do anything wrong!” do they? Of course not, they enter the home, kill Bill, and John, and Bill’s pets and wife and children and anyone else who stands in their path.
Bill became an accomplice, and thus lost his innocence, the moment he offered to protect John. Likewise, Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Liu, and the entire NYPD protected Daniel Pantaleo. Responsibility extends to all members of the conspiracy to avoid responsibility for the crime, that means every NYPD officer, every city councilor, the mayor, the prosecutors office, and everyone above, below, and in between. To say otherwise is to say that badges grant extra rights.
The Bigger Picture
This isn’t about Eric Garner, or Michael Brown, or racism. This is the simple and inevitable outcome of millennia of government violence.
The State exists through force of arms alone. It is nothing more than an excuse to do harm. One class of people designated to do violence against all others. That it has gone on this long with so little retribution being paid to its agents is a phenomenon that history will someday look upon as bizarre.
There is only one law. The initiation of force or fraud against person or property is impermissible, the only justifiable use of force is in defense of person and property. This is almost universally understood throughout human society. The great deception of statism is that it provides an exception to this law for a class of people who call themselves “the government”, and that deception is becoming less and less credible by the moment.
With every day that passes, with every video of police brutality, with every war, with every false flag terrorist attack, with every torture report, with every blog, podcast, YouTube video, and radio broadcast that points out this reality, the deception becomes more obvious. The moment a person recognizes the deception for what it is, they become a threat to the lives and livelihoods of those who depend upon it for their sustenance.
It is inevitable that people will see this for what it is. The only question is in their numbers and their actions. Were the whole world to realize it at once, then surely we could all shake hands and be friends. The reality however is far more grim. A person here, a person there, a handful of people over here, in small numbers, people wake up. They will see this for what it is, try to tell others about it, and be scorned for it by their fellow man. They will be ridiculed, chased out of family dinners, threatened with violence, and suffer all sorts of harms and indignities for trying to tell people the truth.
They will realize that their oppressors remain a threat to their safety, seek out a way to eliminate the threat, and find none.
Some will suffer in silence, some will become activists and media personalities, and others will lash out violently. It is as predictable as the sunrise, and as morally correct as a woman shooting her rapist.
This is going to happen whether anybody likes it or not. You can be an advocate of violence or you can sit in that comfy position of peace propagandist, but the outcome is the same. People are going to die, and nothing any of us can do will stop it. As I see it, the best any of us can hope for is that they die in rapid enough succession as to cause the perpetrators of the violence (the police and other government forces) to reconsider their choices.
Police are not out strangling cigarette vendors out of the goodness of their hearts. They are doing it because it provides them with material comforts, and social status. The moment there is a real threat that they will not come home from work, will be the moment they stop going to work. When that happens, we can let markets get to work on providing security, protecting against invasion, and doing all the other things a civilized society needs done.
Until then, we can expect to regularly turn on our televisions and pick up our newspapers and look at our social media feeds and see stories like those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Kelly Thomas, foreign wars, torture, and all the other horrors we see on a daily basis. This is the nature of the State, it is not malfunctioning, this is its design. Until its agents are too demoralized to fight for it, we have no right to expect anything else.
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