There are politicians who legitimately try to do their jobs, but the party elites represent the left and the right only in the sense that they are the left and right legs of the same body politic, marching the country to ruin. 63 Unaccountable bureaucrats and judges dictate and enforce their own rules, while the national police force, known as the Department of Homeland Security, exists to protect the elite and high value assets, not the borders or the common American Citizen, whom they increasingly treat as an enemy of the state.
Antonio Gramsci argued that there were two forms of political control: domination through direct physical coercion by the military or police; and hegemony, which referred to both ideological control and consent. He concluded that no authoritarian regime could sustain itself through force alone; it required some degree of popular support and legitimacy in order to maintain stability.
==Totalitarianism: How the Socialist Faith is Destroying America (Ray Peach)
It’s all too common for the political class of a troubled nation to lose track of the fact that its power depends on the willingness of a great many people outside the political class to do what they’re told. In Paris in 1789, in St. Petersburg in 1917, and in a great many other places and times, the people who thought that they held the levers of power and repression discovered to their shock that the only power they actually had was the power to issue orders, and those who were supposed to carry those orders out could, when matters came to a head, decide that their own interests lay elsewhere.
In today’s America, equally, it’s not the crisply dressed executives, politicians, and bureaucrats who officially hold power who have the capacity to enforce that power in a crisis; it’s the hundreds of thousands of soldiers, police officers and Homeland Security personnel, who are by and large poorly paid, poorly treated, and poorly equipped, and who have not necessarily been given convincing reasons to support the interests of a political class that most of them privately despise, against the interests of the classes to which they themselves belong. Such doubts and dissatisfactions can build for
==Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America (John Michael Greer)
The militarized Police State has been inching toward using private mercenary groups for law enforcement for some time. Most attempts have failed spectacularly when the public gets wind of it. However, a clever new strategy to achieve this goal was recently deployed and it may appeal to some.
This past September, I wrote an article “Blackwater-like contractor seeks to legalize private police in the U.S.” which exposed how “private security” firms were being subcontracted for police raids. Outrage ensued. This followed a bungled attempt in 2009 to introduce the private foreign-owned American Police Force to Harding, Montana.
It seems the public has an aversion to large paramilitary contractors sweeping in and claiming police powers. Enter the small, independent, rugged, righteous citizen on patrol. A vigilante of peace. Ah, yes, this is the angle the establishment is now using to get private police accepted on the streets.
The Washington Post ran a carefully crafted article yesterday; “Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling”:
The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.”
He is its chief and sole officer.
He is a force of one.
And he is not alone. Like more and more Virginians, Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of “special conservators of the peace” — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records.