Local governments across the country are controlled by real estate developers and property owners. From the largest cities to the least populated counties, real estate interests control government and direct the police.
Police are the first line of defense for the local powers that be. The first line of defense for all governments. The police are the enforcers of law and the symbol of state authority.
And there are almost three-quarters of a million of them across the country. Armed, belligerent, racist in many cases, and beholden to a system that allows them to use force and violence against anyone they wish.
And use it they do. Primarily against blacks and Native Americans. Shooting down unarmed people in the streets, killing them in custody, beating them in demos and public protests, usually with little or no consequences.
Killing someone is a guaranteed paid vacation for a cop.
Most police are not well educated, a high school diploma usually suffices as an educational prerequisite. Most police are trained by local police academies, assuring that institutional racism and ingrained prejudices are continued.
The biggest problem with police are police unions, which place the interests of incompetent and rogue cops above the interests of the public. Police unions make it difficult if not impossible to rid departments of problem officers. They perpetuate the Code of Silence endemic to police forces.
In civil disturbances the police are the combatants on behalf of government. When and if social revolution comes to America, the oligarchy and the ruling class will be defended by local police. If they fail the National Guard will be called in. And if the National Guard cannot put down rebellion, the US military will become an occupation force in the affected communities.
Revolution may be closer than we think. Political revolution is being openly advocated by the most popular candidate for president in the country. The political establishment is using all of its power to quash any such political opposition. The Republican party, long the backbone of corporate interests in the US, has been taken over by populists led by Donald Trump, people with no allegiance to Wall Street or the corporate interests that own most politicians, most officeholders, and populate most government departments.
Calls for social revolution are coming from progressives, from environmentalists, from black activists, from animal advocates, and from social and economic justice activists.
The police seem oblivious to public concerns about police violence. Political leaders are paralyzed by inaction and misunderstanding of public outrage.
And the police keep killing people.
The average citizen is much more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.
If revolution erupts, the police must be our first targets. The most likely scenario is that black Americans will finally take to the streets in outrage and self defense. All who oppose the status quo, the oligarchy, corporatism, and the state, must join our black brothers and sisters in the streets.
They cannot defeat the state by themselves.
The ensuing chaos should provide animal activists with the opportunity to attack all in the chain of slaughter, to destroy slaughterhouses, free animals from feedlots and factory farms, to arrest boards of directors of slaughter companies, burn warehouses, packing plants, restaurants. Activists in port communities should attack and sink fishing fleets and factory ships. Laboratories and testing facilities must be destroyed.
Refineries, fuel depots, oil fields, and service stations should be commandeered and defended against use by police and the military, or destroyed to prevent the state from using them against the people.
Many who call for revolution haven’t a clue how it might play out. Revolutions are messy, deadly, chaotic, brutal and fearsome. The state will do the most outrageous things to preserve its power and control over the populace. Deadly force will be the norm, rights of the people will not exist, brutality will be encouraged.
The silver lining in this for the animals is that slaughter will be disrupted and largely prevented. Animal activists can be a major force in the resistance and the rebellion, and directing our efforts at the heart of Big Ag, Big Pharma, and corporate America, we will be instrumental in bringing capitalism to its knees.
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