Skip to main content

March 18, 2014

A fight between a police officer and man on Philadelphia’s SEPTA system was caught on camera yesterday. The officer tries to combat the man’s attempts to subdue him with his baton and pepper spray, but his attempts prove futile.

Eventually SEPTA Police Officer Ron Jones becomes overpowered and begins to lose the fight. At this time good Samaritans rush in to help the officer in need and break up the fight. Officer Jones suffers only a jammed finger, thanks to the good folks who saw a person in need and reacted.

The question to be raised here is this…. Why are people so quick to jump in and help a cop in trouble but when the roles are reversed, they stand idly by?

Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

Could it be that a large portion of Americans have Stockholm Syndrome? After all, what are police other than representatives of the corporate-state elite, enforcing their arbitrary laws to boost revenue?

They most assuredly do not “protect and serve.” If you doubt this claim simply refer to Warren v. District of Columbia, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the police do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm.

Police are law enforcers, period. And as we have seen from slavery, segregation, prohibition, and the war on drugs, legality does NOT equate to morality.

Cops are essentially the henchmen of the ones who’ve captured this geographical region, known as the USA, in their system of enslavement via taxation and oppression.

Risking personal harm to save a person who’d just assume taser and beat you for possessing a plant is highly “irrational.” These “positive feelings” to save the man in uniform are but symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.

Granted, police are human beings and saving a human being in trouble is a good thing. But all too often, when the situation is reversed, people will stand idle, watch and even film cops kill an innocent family member without stepping in.

We’ve covered far too many stories on The Free Thought Project, documenting the harassment, assault, and murder of innocent people. And in nearly every single one of these atrocities, no one attempts to stop the police.

The easy answer is that “they will arrest me or beat me too if I try to step in.” Unfortunately that is the most likely outcome if one were to step in and try to prevent the police from “just doing their job.” When did this become acceptable?

Why are we so afraid of stopping a criminal simply because they have on a costume with a shiny metal badge?

A quote from the popular movie, “A Bug’s Life” puts this irrational fear of the state into perspective,

“You let one ant stand up to us, and they all might stand up! Those "puny little ants" outnumber us a hundred to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life! It's not about food. It's about keeping those ants in line.”

The status-quo constantly reinforces the notion that they are here for your safety, while subtly underpinning that concept with the threat of, “cross us and die.”

Scroll to Continue

Recommended for You

The worship and “positive feelings” towards the state in general is a significant part of the problem. People in this country, regardless of political affiliation, are in love with their captors.

Tyranny is bipartisan.

Republicans’ veneration for the police state is at a “chest out, chin up” high, as neocons support the state that promises to enforce religious morality through the removal of personal choice and war waging.

Democrats seethe with patriotic mucus as they watch the state enforce their bans on 32 oz sodas and “assault rifles.”

It is no wonder that people will jump into a fight, risking personal harm, and protect the very apparatus that enslaves them; they are hostages who’ve grown to worship their kidnappers!

Do not consider this a call to enact violence against the government as violence will only beget more violence. However, John F. Kennedy said, those that make a peaceful revolution impossible, make a violent revolution inevitable.

There is still plenty of opportunity for peaceful revolution; even as the government collapses.

The contempt for the state is at an all-time high.

We, as peaceful and self-sufficient individuals, must capitalize on this disapproval. Educating ourselves, talking to friends and family, and becoming a better person in general is how real change happens. Seldom does it ever come from the top-down.

We are witnessing a decline of empire. Rest assured that the Empire will not fall without a fight however. Those of us that will refuse to participate in this inexorable collective collapse will be, and possibly already have been, deemed enemies of the State as the institution grasps the tassels of the self-created iron curtains and draws them shut as a last attempt to keep the masses ignorant and docile.

I will welcome this collapse. Humanity will once again be thrust into the dynamic interactions that produce great minds and innovations.

The only question is that will we be able to resist societal entropy this time around? Will we recognize the myth of authority? Will we not be as complacent and apathetic as to hand over our wellbeing to an inescapably venal group of snake oil salesman that promise us security for our servitude?

My outlook remains optimistic. With the massive exchange of information and ideas that we are witnessing via the internet and the rate at which people are realizing the irrelevance of assimilation into an inept monopoly of violence, I remain heartened.

It is up to us. It is up to the ones who can see the State for what it is, a succubus of intellect and accountability, to incite this paradigm shift.

We, as humans, tend to be self-interested in nature. It is this self-interest of the individual that allows for free expression, the creation of personal boundaries that define peace and the inviolability of private property that lead to cooperation of individuals for a mutual ends.

We are already surrounded by this voluntary interaction and we need only to realize the futility of violent institutions and their tendencies to organize towards despotism.

Civilizations are not the product of a central authority or directives handed down from the enlightened overlords and their henchmen. They happen from the spontaneous, peaceful, and voluntary exchanges of creativity and inventive and life sustaining processes. I owe nobody that which I have not voluntarily agreed to give, I owe you only non-aggression.