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April 14, 2010

Quote of the Day – Taken from “Government Brutality and Society’s Shadow”

by Stephen Littau

This is an excerpt from a post from the blog Classical Liberal that was written in response to the post Doug wrote yesterday regarding the University of Maryland student police beating caught on tape.

As long as men and women in uniform (State-issued costumes) carry out these violent acts, we think it’s okay, because they’re “protecting us.” But the State gives a false sense of legitimacy to acts that if carried out under other circumstances, would be serial criminal activity.

The government doesn’t do this to us, however, because the truth of the matter, is that it’s merely a reflection of our collective shadow … when otherwise good men and women become agents of savage brutality … turning us all into sociopaths.

This is the price of identifying ourselves with the State.

Read the whole thing. It’s a sad commentary on just how far we as a people have allowed the state to carry out unjustified acts of violence in our name.

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  • http://the-classic-liberal.com/ theCL

    Thanks!

    State violence has been on my mind a lot lately because of a conversation I was having where I expressed my views against the Drug War, and which got into other things …

    I’m amazed at the amount of brutal violence against each other we’re willing to engage in, as long as it’s done via the State. Things we simply wouldn’t do as individuals.

    It’s very sad indeed.

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