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Cops Don’t Make Me Feel Safe

By Eric | May 21, 2012

It has been said – and I agree – that the typical person (i.e., the person just trying to get through the day, do their thing) has more to fear from a cop than a (non-official, non-uniformed) criminal.

Harsh? No, a reality check.

I’m in my mid-40s and – so far – have not been robbed at gunpoint by an ordinary criminal. But I have been robbed at gunpoint literally dozens of times by cops, who have a license to rob me. Cumulatively, the total I’ve had to “stand and deliver” – in the felicitous phrase of the appropriately named highway robber of yore – comes to thousands of dollars, over the past twenty-something years. It’s dressed up, of course – in order to make the cop feel better about himself and what he’s doing (he’s just keeping us safe, etc.) and also to douse the rage of his victim by getting him to accept what’s done to him as something other than it is.

That being, a robbery at gunpoint.

After all, I have committed no crime, properly speaking. I have caused no harm to anyone. Yet I am molested by a guy in a uniform – with a gun on his hip – because he has noticed I am not wearing a seat belt, or because my vehicle does not have the requisite tax stamps upon it, or because my velocity is greater than the velocity posted on a sign. It may not be any of these things. It may be simply that I happen to be on a given road at a given time. I – and all the others who happen to be on that road at that time – are forcibly compelled to interrupt our journey, roll down our windows and submit to a roadside inspection-interrogation, with the implicit threat of lethal violence if we fail in the slightest way to Submit and Obey.

It does not make me feel safe. Does it make you feel safe?

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These are exactly my thoughts

These are exactly my thoughts too!
I don't think that we need any preventive activities on the road other than regulating traffic at jammed interchanges.
If some driver is out of his mind or just accidentally damaging other cars/people this of course should be considered as a crime and dealt with in a known manner. But when you are crossing a line and no other cars are in sight or answering your mobile while driving, I don't think it is dangerous at all.
I'm from Moscow, Russia, and we are kind of forced to bribe road inspectors here because paying the official fine is such a time-consuming procedure. I've never seen any driver taking the official fine which is usually several times cheaper! So yeah, it is a real robbery.
Why do we even need these inspectors?


the more tyrannical this dying republic becomes, we may soon need to master the art of bribery, or better yet 'blackmarkets,' too.

Well, if we lived in a non-topsy turvy world, cops wouldn't exist. and, even if they had to, their roles would only become activated, AFTER a real crime has been observed or committed. "pro-active" policing is just modern euphemism for "PRE-crime."

I don't know if you've ever heard of Dmitry Orlov, but his contention is that because during the Cold War, Russians had gotten used to dealing in blackmarkets to get their goods, so even after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the ensuing 1990's LTCM-induced collapse, the Russian citizenry were so used to getting around the system that it wasn't too much of an adjustment for them.

Unlike the way it maybe for us, post currency collapse; because Americans have become so dependent on 'just-in-time-delivery' pioneered by Toyota, to supply all our needs, frankly other than 'underworld' dealers/cartels/gangs, most in our country have not mastered the art of barter and underground economy.

Fascinating insight, certainly seems apropos assessment:

Guns and Butter - Dmitry Orlov: "The Collapse Gap"

Guns and Butter, for August 5, 2009 - 1:00pm

For direct download: http://aud1.kpfa.org/data/20090805-Wed1300.mp3

Guns and Butter - "The Collapse Gap"

"The Collapse Gap" with Dmitry Orlov, author of "Reinventing Collapse - The Soviet Example and American Prospects". Dmitry Orlov's repeated travels to Russia throughout the early nineties allowed him to observe the aftermath of the Soviet collapse first-hand. Being both a Russian and an American, Dmitry was able to appreciate both the differences and the similarities between the two superpowers. Eventually he came to the conclusion that the United States is going the way of the Soviet Union. His emphasis is on all the things that can still be made to work, and he advocates simply ignoring all that will fall by the wayside.

ReInventing Collapse

On RT, March 9, 2009: "America WILL Collapse!"

Granted it's eco-leftist leaning, but nevertheless interesting reference info: Dmitry Orlov, the collapse

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Predictions in due Time...

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Jury Duty

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EXCELLENT observation!!! and well said.

Authority is a complete hoax! It is THE MOST DANGEROUS SUPERSTITION! if you have not read the book by Larken Rose, I am sure you would love it. It takes your astute point to its ultimate libertarian conclusion

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

Larken's brave as hell,

and brilliant!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

It does not make me feel

It does not make me feel safe!


Liberty = Responsibility