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Understanding the Police State
the state relinquishes its administrative responsibility to society,
and as the wrath of the people breaks through the forms of struggle
that managed and contained the social struggle in past epoch, the state
is bound to turn more and more toward open brutality and repression
without due process. We see this at the street level in the extra-legal
executions by the police, and we see it globally when "rogue" nations
are bombed in violation of international law." -- from Social and Political Response, supporting report for the Political Resolution
Articles and documents on the Police State:
Police terror in America
we are seeing today is the beginning of the process of the state
separating itself from the people. This is reflected in the growing
violence and brutality of the police, and also in the new laws granting
the police greater powers and giving them responsibilities that have
traditionally been handled by civilian authorities.
Editorial: Disgust at police tactics shows people are open to new ideas
system of police, courts, laws --known as the state -- is designed to
protect private property and to guarantee that the ruled submit to the
interests of the rulers. It is crucial to the operation of the
capitalist system and to the preservation of the capitalist class that
those who are ruled believe in the institutions of the state and in the
authority of those who rule over them.
It is this fact
that makes the American people's growing disgust with the tactics of
the police, and the legal system in general, so important to
Organization and unity against police violence
Statement from the Editorial Board of the People's Tribune/Tribuno del Pueblo
huge historical force is rising to meet the challenge that history has
placed before us. It is rising in the slums of the cities and among the
scattered pockets of the rural poor. It is rising among all those
demanding a just and decent society. It is a force rooted in the
struggle of a new social class being created from the millions who are
being cast out of the old economy as the new one is born. This new
class of poor is forced to fight for a new kind of society, free of
want and poverty. The new class is the bridge from the injustices we
are all fighting against to the new world we are fighting for.
Global fascism: response to global class struggle
From Rally, Comrades!
blizzard of court rulings, Supreme Court decisions, new laws and
various governmental policies are literally transforming the legal
system in this country and thereby, the foundation of American
political rights. Among the countless examples are the gutting of the
Fourth Amendment, the chipping away of basic rights of privacy, and the
serious inroads made into a variety of constitutional protections
including the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and due process.
As a result, the coercive power of the state has been greatly
increased. Police at all levels operate virtually unchallenged, prison
budgets exceed those of education in many states, over 5 million
Americans are either in prison or under some form of legal sanction. In
some cities, entire neighborhoods are under electronic surveillance.
Understanding the Police State
Papers from the LRNA conference
League of Revolutionaries for a New America convened a special
conference in July, 1995 to discuss various aspects of the looming
police state, and the tasks of revolutionaries. These are the papers
presented at that conference.
Other Links of Interest:
Lock Down USA
is a network providing news, facts and resources by state about the
American prison industry and Criminal Justice System to prisoners,
concerned citizens and activists around the country. It's part of the Deep Dish TV Network.