Dear Ferguson Residents: Stop Funding Your Oppressors

August 9th, 2016 marks the one-year anniversary of Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. As is standard operating procedure when a killer happens to wear a police badge, Wilson has faced zero responsibility for his crime.

Ferguson residents, if you decry the double standards afforded to Wilson — if you have sought a positive change through marches, rallies, petitions, videos and other avenues but have been ignored; if you recognize that calls for “patience” were made only to placate; if you have been harassed and have experienced substandard “service” from Wilson’s colleagues — choose not to fund the Ferguson Police outfit.

Put your money where your mouth — and conscience — is.

Take a page from the war resisters – individuals who strive for peace and justice via a “nonviolent revolution.” Many war resisters recognize the very real harm of democide and choose not to pay 45% of their federal income tax, which is the amount of the federal budget believed to advance the war machine.

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In Ferguson, the police budget accounts for over 42% of the annual expenditures. If you’re a Ferguson resident unsatisfied with the “protection” of the police, then don’t fund them. Withhold 42% of what you would otherwise pay in taxes. Choose not to furnish your oppressors with the means they require to oppress you — namely your consent and your wealth.

The Ferguson Police outfit’s stated mission is to deter criminal activity and provide for the protection of life. Clearly they have fallen quite short. In fact, they’ve done the opposite. In spite of their failures, they’ve continued to grow in both size and scope, as all police outfits are incentivized to do.

In absolute dollars, the budget of the Ferguson police ratcheted up a whopping 12% between 2011 and 2014, from $4,737,743 to $5,282,900. In addition to “patrol” functions (which include the salary of folks like Wilson), Ferguson police have recently spent the money stolen from their “customers” on new vehicles, new handguns, new surveillance cameras, new laptops, salary increases, and renovation of their headquarters.

[If you’re in Ferguson, be sure to connect with The Canfield Watchmen]

Take note too that 20% of the operating budget of the corporation known as “Ferguson” comes from ransoms — extortion notes written for activities almost always lacking a victim. If you’re targeted with such foolery — given a “speeding ticket” or “red light ticket” — don’t automatically pay it. It’ll only encourage them, as is evident by Ferguson police’s promise of “more aggressive code enforcement” (pg. 15).

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This tactic — that of not funding self-proclaimed rulers — is rarely discussed, and for good reason. The voices on mainstream news, within bureaucracies, and among politicos purposely keep the option of de-funding off the table entirely. Despite what they may say, they don’t desire any real change to the structure of the corrupt institutions upon which their livelihoods depend. When you choose not to adopt the paradigm created and pushed by those folks, you’ll naturally look for other input, and choose to think for yourself. That is dangerous to those who purport to be your rulers.

In a write-up about the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s homicide, Reuters chose to highlight not the lack of justice thus far, but to peddle fear. Their headline reads “Ferguson braces for protests.” Over at FoxNews, the Ferguson commentator is the head of a pro-police legal defense fund. He unsurprisingly belittles those who take issue with the rampant misdeeds done by police employees.

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Such content does nothing to address the problem. It only distracts from the truth — that every police employee claims the “right” to steal money from their neighbors — to “tax” them — in order to provide a service. With a foundation like that, it’s little wonder that we get what we see.

Hell, even in a recent post here at CopBlock.org on the one-year anniversary of Wilson’s aggression, the author chose to compare the skin melanin levels of Ferguson residents and the areas self-proclaimed “rulers,” citing “racism” as a focal issue. While some may call this progress, it grossly ignores the root cause of the problem.

Only when each of us in Ferguson — and Oakland, and Austin, and Johannesburg, and Madrid, and Jakarta, and at any place around the globe — choose to strike the root will we finally be free of the institutionalized violence that took Michael Brown’s life one year ago.

William Faulkner We must be free not because we claim freedom but because we practice it Strike The Root

 

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability.

Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.

  • mobooz

    Withhold your money and spend it on private police, because why would they ever want armored cars?

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  • t

    Ha ha
    Wow…this is Petes most stoner thinking yet.
    Pete…have you ever stopped to wondered why the the places that are rapidly growing, those places where the standards of living are the best, those places that are really prosperous….have growing police forces?
    It because people who live and move there…want protection from those like you and your buddies. They want officers there to deal with guys like you that don’t care if they park on the street and interrupt vital city services.

    In the media filled nonsense about police activity….cities and towns across the country….are voting to expand their police forces…not shrink them

    Sorry guy….looks like you lose.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    There cannot be progress without the slaughter of these fucks. The only good pig is a dead pig. One that has been tortured to death slowly.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    pigs are not hired for protection, they even state this. It’s going to be fun to watch you burn on a cross.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    I’m free for a little while, until my master drugs me and puts me away.
    -evil twin

  • JC

    Wow, Pete on another insane roll. Are you filling in for Al Sharpton? Wilson was found not responsible for shooting Michael Brown. Wilson did the job he was supposed to. Dumb-asses like yourself want to continue to keep this going even though there is nothing going on. The only thing that came out of this event was a bunch of people chose to destroy their neighborhood and the only victims of this whole fiasco were the store owners and merchants these people destroyed. Lay off the drugs Pete. Isn’t that what got you kicked out of the academy in the first place?

  • JC

    More threats, more paperwork, more emails.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Your paperwork and emails aren’t working, why don’t you just personally come pay me a visit? Please come pay me a visit, I have such wonderful things to show you.

  • Pw4x3r

    You are backwards and wrong on everything you just said.

  • Pw4x3r

    Rofl! He’s very right, JC. They really aren’t working. Why do you continue with your bullshit lies?

  • Pw4x3r

    Paperwork = connect-the-dots.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    One of several things that could be happening here.

    1. I’m within my rights to say what I’m saying.
    2. He’s not contacting the authorities.
    Or
    3. The authorities don’t see me as a credible threat.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Shit, he drugged me. But not before I could get out my morning rants.

  • TheRealTruth

    Sure CopBlock retards, follow Pete’s advice on the tax thing, then you will be owing a shit ton of money next tax season. Boy this site has gone off the deep end with their bullshit.

  • t

    How so? Show me where I’m wrong

  • RadicalDude

    Can you define city/town? A place on a map? The residents of that place? The government that claims that place as their turf? Who/what/where exactly are you talking about that is “voting to expand their police forces”?

  • RadicalDude

    “Pete…have you ever stopped to wondered why the the places that are rapidly growing, those places where the standards of living are the best, those places that are really prosperous….have growing police forces?”

    More money to steal means more thieves show up to try to steal some. Isn’t that how it works?

  • RadicalDude

    Don’t know if I trust this article since it looks like religiopolitical propaganda, but this part was interesting:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/08/07/ferguson-anniversary-where-do-go-from-here.html

    “From Washington, D.C. to Washington State it’s already happening. In the nation’s capital, the Metropolitan Police Department struggles to hire new officers while facing record attrition. They do so while murder and violent crime have jumped after recent record lows. In Washington State, there is a shortage of State Police to patrol the highways. State police in Vermont and Wisconsin have also expressed concerns over recruiting shortages. One recruiting officer in Madison says many potential candidates mention the lack of public support as a main factor for reconsidering police work. News reports cite research by the International Association of Chiefs of Police showing an 80 percent decline in police applications in southern towns.”

  • JC

    Even though I already have it, Send me you address so I know it’s you. I’ll meet you.

  • JC

    It can take over a year dipshit. They know who he is. is time is running short before he is in prison.

  • JC

    Sorry dipshit. The authorities do know who you are. Just like I do baby Huey. These things take time and that is fine by me. I used your rants and raves and presented them to Amazon. Thanks to you, you got Amazon to drop copblock. Just like anywhere copblock is scamming, I post a bunch of your finest work and soon, copblock could even lose this website.

  • blue line hater

    but government cops are to crooked hopefully private police will end all the corruption or federal cops come in and break up the organized prison pipeline where cops feed it.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Would you want to be a cop in today’s climate? They have made their beds and their finding they are not very comfortable. I think you will continue to see a decline until there are massive reforms. I personally don’t think the system can be fixed, but they will try to put a bandaid on it.

  • Pw4x3r

    The answer to your question is no.

  • Pw4x3r

    The first is questionable. The other two are absolute.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Lol, you and your uber l33t haxing skills.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Looks like you riled him up today, lol.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    I’ll leave the first one for a lawyer to say “objection, speculation”.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    It’s been 18 months JC.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    It will be completely without mercy.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    And the third one is the only one that matters.

  • Steve Cook

    wannabe boot licker lol

  • tz1

    Do you, yourself not pay a portion or all of your taxes? Do Deo, Ademo, and the rest? I.e do you eat your own cooking? You asked powerless oppressed people who are often already victims and can’t fight to do so. If they are arrested or worse, will you put your life, liberty, and property on the line?

  • Pw4x3r

    Hey JC, guess what? This comment you just made nullifies any argument you have in court regarding any supposed “threat.” KNOWING that it can take up to a year for your threat report / complaint to be handled, you CLEARLY have no feelings of being in imminent danger or you would not be “filing paperwork.” Take a fucking hike now you cum guzzling bitch. Go slice your wrists, walk off a bridge, whatever choice you make, make sure it hurts you filthy fucking piece of shit.

  • Pw4x3r

    And every time you acknowledge that anything regarding a threat report you have made “takes time” you acknowledge that you are not in any imminent danger. Way to go you stupid mother fucking idiot. If you ever ACTUALLY filed anything, it is now 100% useless.

  • Pw4x3r

    Even though you already have it….followed by so I know it’s you….. LOL! what the fuck! are you even trying anymore you stupid bitch?

  • Steven Lewis

    I hope you know that your income tax does not pay for any government services. The income tax goes directly to the Federal Reserve for the interest on our soaring debt. Aaron Russo’s documentary From Freedom To Fascism explains this and then at the very end lists all the taxes that run the government. Its all those pesky Federal taxes you’ll see in bills and other places. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6ayb02bwp0

  • What about local taxes? For City, County, and/or State taxes?

  • t

    DP:
    Well….most PDs that I know of have record applications. Qualified folks are much harder to find

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Good people wouldn’t be hard to find if the good cops inside of the force would stand up to the bad cops inside that same department.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Why would we really waste too much time on you? We know you’re a piece of shit, you know you’re a piece of shit. You should not expect anybody to waste much time on you.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    So you believe you should pay for services that are not being rendered or for the services that are being rendered and that are not performing to your expectations? Money talks. And when it stops talking, people pay attention. Obviously avoiding taxes is not going to fix this situation. But we the people have the power to control where the taxes go.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Rofl, awesome. Hahaha

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Lol, Amazon doesn’t care about my opinions. Amazon cares about money, they don’t care where the money comes from. Apparently you don’t understand the concept of owning a business.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    I really liked his reply to that one. It reminded me of a boy, he’s a virgin asking what pussies like, and saying that he has gotten hundreds but he just wants to make sure its the same.

  • Cop’s Are SuperVillains

    Pete you got the date wrong it’s August 9th, 2015

  • RadicalDude

    The religion of government is a powerful delusion. He probably thinks he’s morally obligated to pay tithings to the messiahs, the agents of his god(the state) out of some sense of religious morality. Because the scriptures of government say so.

  • Pw4x3r

    rofl!!! that’s it!!!! that is EXACTLY what it’s like! ROFL!!!!!!!

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    I have nothing against taxes if they are used properly. When a societies population grows to a certain size, some form of oversight must take place. I’m afraid without it, we can’t have technological progress like we have. However I do believe that people should be much more involved in these processes then they are. Or should be allowed to see these processes anytime they ask. Transparency seems to be a massive issue at this point. I believe the system needs to be rebuilt. Though, I’m not sure it can be rebuilt without bloodshed.

  • RadicalDude

    No; wouldn’t want to be a part of their deranged cult anyway because I think the police religion is Bullshit.

  • RadicalDude

    ” I’m afraid without it, we can’t have technological progress like we have”

    Without what? Government? Taxes? You really think taxation is what drives technological progress? I think the opposite, that it slows it down. Although it’s not always obvious. Like the drought in California is actually caused by tax-funded farm subsidies. Farmers can basically waste as much water as they want when the government pays the water bill. Until oops they run out of water. And then the government wants to tell them what seeds they can plant, etc, like as if we need the government to make the grass grow. I think it’s a big superstition.

    Or do you mean just without “oversight”? Does oversight have to be tax funded? If oversight is indeed a valuable service, why wouldn’t you buy such a service willingly? Why would you have to be forced to pay if it is valuable to you? The reality that they have to force you to buy the so-called “services” they’re selling(at the barrel of a gun)should be a huge clue you don’t really need it.

  • JC

    Oh yes they do. Copblock looks like a terrorist group to Amazon. I did send your “statements” and I assure you your statements were a large part of copblock being dropped. You are slowly taking down copblock. Keep up the good work. It’s people like you who threaten copblock’s existence.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Got your panties all bunched up don’t you. You think I really care if this site exists? Or do you think I care more about how you’re going to die? I think you can take a guess at which one I care more about. I guess we could place bets on who is going to last longer, you or the website.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    It would be interesting to see if you privatized all infrastructure. So you would have to pay a toll to use anything that is now created by the government and free to use to the public. You would simply have to pay to use anything. Now those payments may be less than taxes, it would be so monumental that I can’t say which one would be more expensive. But at least you would choose where your money went to. I still think you need government for some infrastructure.

  • JC

    More threats, more paperwork, more emails. You come to this site many times per day. You don’t care what happens to this site? That’s a hot one. You are the biggest terrorist on this site and your behavior is destroying it. It doesn’t bother me keep destroying it.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Lol, I wonder what you think of the world if you think I’m a terrorist. Hide under mommy’s skirt for the rest of your life its probably the safest spot for you. There’s millions of sites and millions of people to fuck with. You just have a special place in it.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Seems to me that you really care about this sites reputation.

  • Thanks for the war tax resistance mention. Those interested in refusing to pay their federal military taxes, some of which go to support police militarization, should visit http://www.nwtrcc.org for more information.