Along with the submission, Jeff writes:
“I offer commentary on the state of modern law enforcement and the cultural Stockholm Syndrome effecting the majority of the populace.”
Speaking of Stockholm Syndrome, we may have mentioned that issue a few times.
“Stockholm syndrome is a form of traumatic bonding in which a victim develops emotional ties towards an aggressor that may harass, beat, threaten, abuse, or intimidate them.
Named after the six day 1973 Norrmalmstorg bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden in which hostages became emotionally attached to their captors, rejected assistance, and even defended the robbers – the condition was originally described by Freud as a psychological defense mechanism that enables a victim to adopt the same values as their aggressor allowing them to cease considering them a threat.”
“Police are human beings, not gods; they do what they do for the same self-interested, petty, and materialistic reasons as every other human being on the face of this planet. They get paid to “protect” people. It is their job, and they collect a paycheck to do so; police departments collect this paycheck whether they satisfy their customers or not, because taxes are not optional. Yet in this picture, we see men who pay compulsory taxes to fund the police, who are doing the officers’ jobs for them free of charge for inexplicable reasons; and here we see those police, allowing unpaid, unarmed, untrained, civilians to stand before them as a line of defense. This is not inspirational; it is bizarre and pathetic.”
“Calling us and our supporters sheep does not make any sense. It is a misplaced metaphor that bears far more resemblance to its accusers than their targets. Yet I would hesitate to call our opponents and accusers sheep. As I stated before, sheep are exercising their instincts. They have not been intentionally conditioned to be docile, apathetic and delusional. Unfortunately, those who demonstrate blind obedience to their handlers have been conditioned to betray their own nature to exercise their freedoms and liberties unhindered by bureaucratic apparatuses. They are victims of a narrative that places them in cages of fear and obedience. I can forgive them for falling prey to these monolithic forces of ideological oppression and becoming traitors, while it is doubtful that they will ever be grateful that we were trying to break the bondage of every individual human being, including them.
Sometimes you just can’t win. You try to open a persons cage and they snap at your fingers while you do so. I just remind myself often that I love what I do and even the most disheartening encounters with the Stockholm Syndrome SyCOPhants doesn’t seem so baa-a-a-ad.”
“But Dear American Public, I do ask that you at the very least, stop thinking like a pack of slaves with a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome. You are so smitten, deferent, even servile, to your captors and abusers that it is pathetic, and difficult to watch. The manner in which Americans excuse abuse, violence, and even murder by police and government is so ingrained that I am fairly certain it would be most accurately characterized as a form of mental illness.”
“Nobody ever said- “I want to live in fear and be dependent on other adults when I grow up.” Nobody ever intends to become subjected to the conditioning and manufactured fears that our institutions put us through for its own maligned purposes. The institutions that have done this to rabid police supporters have also been trying to do the same to us. Whether it never took or circumstances forced us to abandon that conditioning, those of us who see the problems of authoritarianism are lucky, in that we can at least still conceive of the freedoms we have lost. Those lost to the system have been robbed of even the basic ability to imagine a better existence for themselves. And that is itself a tragedy. Copsuckers are also victims of the system. Perhaps it is time we change tactics with them and show them our support and mercy, just as we would do for a loved one we were trying to rescue from a suicide cult that they have become brainwashed to identify with beyond the reach of logic and facts.
What I am getting at is that copsuckers would not be that way if they were not also victims. They deserve the understanding that we should afford to all victims of police and the state. The fact that they do not want our help is not because they are our enemies. It is because, like any dependent or addict, they are trapped in a cycle of self-abuse so deep that they can no longer imagine how fulfilling and joyous life could be without their destructive copsuck substances. And they will lash out at all who threaten to take it away from them or judge them for it. So maybe we should start treating them with the mercy and support we would give to any person in a desperate situation that needs our help.”