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  •  People lacking in self-awareness do not (5+ / 0-)

    know they are being watched.  These cops live in a bubble.  They have been selected for their jobs because they do what they are told, when they are told.  If there's a break-down in communications, most are not able to act on their own.  They do not know the law; they do not know how to use discretion; they have been trained to obey commands.  If they expect anything, it's that those to whom they pass on the commands will obey, as well.  That citizens have no obligation to be compliant doesn't register.  It's obviously not part of their training.

    If you watched the Capitol Hill police, you might have noticed that they framed their interactions as requests.  "Please" is short hand for "if it pleases you."  In other words, there's a condition that recognizes a person's right not to act and ask that the reluctance be overcome. "Please" implies respect.  The cops in Oakland have no respect. That the Mayor has been co-opted by the bureaucracy suggests a systemic problem.  All segments of public and private corporations are liable to being corrupted by the lust for power.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 03:31:38 AM PST

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