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View Diary: The USA Is Not a Police State, IMO (299 comments)

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    Catte Nappe, fizziks, Plubius

    I think if you really want to find a categorical definition for police state, it would have to do with the autonomy of the police force - whether or not there is some kind of meaningful structural restraint placed on the actions of the police.  That restraint defines the core of our country's founding principles, even if its practice is uneven.

    The biggest problem with hyperbolic condemnation of what some would call law and order is that it evaporates public support.  Outrageous police behavior has to be carefully identified and surgically excised.  Blanket condemnation of our "police state" is exactly the kind of mistake those about whom we are protesting are good at exploiting.  On the other hand, intelligent and creative exposure of autocratic power abuse is exactly what seems to be working to inspire America's innate affinity for the underdog.

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