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    violating human rights is nothing new. Indeed, many of our law makers assume they are tasked with keeping human beings from doing what they want, especially when it interferes with the desires of corporate enterprise.
    Controlling the resources we depend on to survive, as well as those that help getting through the tough spots, has proved an effective way to manipulate very large populations. The culture of obedience has proved very effective, but it does depend on having a select group of whom an example can be made--to show what happens when people don't obey. Indeed, the public display of "enforcement" is designed to intimidate all those who comply, so they won't be tempted to revolt.
    Although punishing miscreants does not seem to affect the behavior of similarly inclined individuals, harassing the innocent does seem to intimidate everyone else whose sympathies are aroused.

    This explains why the police forces sometimes invite the media along on raids. The object is to intimidate the casual observer.

    We often assume that an action must be legal, if it is perpetrated in the light of day, but that's not correct. Public spectacles are designed to intimidate, whether we're talking about feeding Christians to the lions or spraying students with tear gas.

    Education and training do not necessarily make for good policing.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:36:55 AM PST

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