“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Everybody hates the guy who gets a parking ticket, and yells “What is this- a police state??!
Don’t be ‘that guy.’ Because being that guy minimizes and deflects attention away from what a real police state is.
That guy makes the phrase ‘police state’ trivial; almost as if he is a counter-narrative created in the bowels of a black site
, a right wing news propaganda outlet, or a fanatical religion.
But what IS a police state? Certainly, beyond the simple, but annoying features of a civilized society that finances itself with parking tickets and other understandable annoyances, there is something more egregious and hidden- brutal and calculated?8
Merriam Websters dictionary– the first American dictionary ever published- defines it this way:
Simple Definition of police state
: a country in which the activities of the people are strictly controlled by the government with the help of a police force.
Full Definition of police state
: a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures
Further reading: Chicago police maintained a secret ‘interrogation center’ where 7000 American citizens were sexually abused, beaten into confessions, given drugs and more.
You might have noticed that, by definition, a police state is secret. But aren’t all police methods, and investigations secret, at least to some extent, even in legitimate societies?
The answer to that, is it depends on what is considered ‘secret’ and who keeps it.
The first modern police fraternity ever formed in America was in Boston, in 1852, and gradually America and its towns became policed after that. Polucing grew as the nation grew, but only after the civil war did policing, and prisons become an industry.
But they had lots of help from other local, state, and federal sources.
It is useful to recall that they had support in other forms that were not so open, or overtly publucly funded. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan enforced social order as well, alongside police.
And, social order, then, like today was about ‘majority rule’ and enforcement of social norms, customs, and racial, ethnic, and tribal
In fact, a little known fact is that there were even African American, black ku klux klansmen as well!
So, enforcing order, and polucing has an overt, and a covert function. It is obvious then as today, that the law is the law, in theory black and white; that, if followed, brings peace, and, if broken, brings sanction.
But what about grey area? What about situtations where those who uphold the law break it- that, when caught, they invoke power and control narratives rather thsn legal ones?
Race, and the lessons of the KKK provide some of the best examples of that. Mob beatings, stalkings, lynchings and all the tactics that lead up to it.
It is this that we shall call ‘secrecy’ and in practical, non-relugious terms, ‘occult’ methods of social control.
Secrets of The Occult
Websters dictionary, above, states that secret policing is done by a “political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life.”
Further Reading: Black, African American Klan members and organizations
Our main case in point, today, is the policing of the internet.
Another attempt to say it plain, which is, even then not simple.