Posted On: Wednesday - September 27th 2023 11:55PM MST
In Topics:   US Police State  Liberty/Libertarianism  Race/Genetics  Educational Stupidity
The courageous Paul Kersey* wrote some of his racial commentary a few days back about a Salt Lake City TV station article that asked "Will weapon detectors at Salt Lake high schools disproportionally affect students of color?" ("SOC"s, I presume?) The reader may well ask "Salt Lake City?! Isn't that a Whitetopia?" That depends on whether you mean the city or the whole metro area, something discussed by commenters under Mr. Kersey's post In 59% Non-White Salt Lake Public Schools, Weapon Detectors Are Required in High Schools and Elected Officials Worry It Will Disproportionately Affect... Non-Whites Carrying Weapons Mr. Kersey does go for those long titles, but you get his point quickly from them anyway.
Though Mr. Kersey's commenters discussed some of this too, I want to mention an ideological point about this story. When it comes to idealogy Peak Stupidity claims our Libertarianism as well as Conservatism. We have a topic key for the former - the Conservatism is a given, I suppose - along with US Police State.
For almost my whole life I've agreed with the Libertarian/Constitutionalist Ron Paul's, Lew Rockwell's, and Vin Suprynowicz's* on the encroaching, now almost fully extant, US Police State. I still do, but I can see much more clearly than I use to the problem with trying to resist it while there exists certain segments of the American population.
This is an area in which pundits like Paul Kersey have taught me a few things. Rather than immediately want to retort (and there's a place for comments too!) "What you write is simply unConstitutional!", I understand that the US Constitution wasn't written with a large black population in mind as citizens. It's not just the non-understanding of it by black people, most immigrants of the that have come in over the last half century, and plenty of White people too. It's not just the lack of support for this document as the Law of the Land by said modern Americans. It's that certain contingents - taken as a whole, of course - can't behave well enough to allow the freedom we used to enjoy. That's what Paul Kersey means by "This is why we can't have nice things." (It's not his only point by it, but part of it.)
Is it just due to the lack of the technology that there were no metal detectors in schools going back 50 years or so? No, that's not the case. It would have seemed abhorrent, an affront to Liberty, going back to the 1980s even. That they were in airport terminals before then for a very specific purpose (not that I agree) was already the case, but in one's kids' schools?! That'd have been considered very Police State-like then.
When a respecter of Freedom sees the picture above today, he will still see this as an abhorrent piece of the US Police State. The need for this sort of thing is not worth the humiliation and loss of Liberty. Then, one will see the picture - or scene in real life - below.
In answer to the question in our title, no, WE don't need the US Police State for ourselves. However, we've got people in the country whom we often don't see any other way to handle. I don't see any way out of this conundrum without separation of those who CAN maintain and live under a free society and those who CAN'T.
PS: I do think of "Paul Kersey"***, he being very wise not to use his real name, as one courageous guy for writing the truth about racial matters daily. I'll also add that I like his variation in subject matter, something that was not so much the case in the past. It used to be kind of repetitive, truthful and important as it was, with most posts about crime in specific far-gone cities, shootings at funerals, and city/private efforts to "stop the violence" by black "leaders".
* See also Part 2 and Part 3 of that series.
** BTW, "weapons detector" must be the new term for metal detector. This is about guns and large knives, I guess. You can make a weapon out of other materials. The racial contingent in question is not so creative about it, really because it's their impulsivity and lack of foresight that has them bringing in and using guns.
*** ... taken from the Death Wish series of movies. Charles Bronson played the part of vigilante Paul Kersey.