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    demonstrate what happens to the non-compliant. Innocent and inoffensive people make the best victims because they are surprised by the attack (punishment) and not in a position to fight back.
    What do we have to change? Well, to begin with, we have to change the common assumption that obedience is a virtue. It isn't. Obedience that is coerced is the very essence of abuse. Police have to be taught that, while they are paid to be obedient and compliant with the law, just plain citizens have no such obligation. Ordinary citizens enjoy the presumption of probity. That is, we are presumed to be doing right. The presumption of innocence only comes into effect when there is a strong suspicion that an injurious act has been committed by a particular person. Then that suspicion has to be supported by evidence and proven.
    Given that ordinary individuals have to be considered, like a customer, to be in the right, public servants have an obligation to behave respectfully and present a courteous demeanor.  Of course, that's where we have fallen down.  We have permitted public servants to presume that everybody is guilty of something and behave as if we were all crooks. The culture of obedience has to be changed from the top down. That means citizens have to become involved. Going to budget hearings would be a good place to start. Question the weaponry.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:44:58 AM PST

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