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Article posted Aug 20 2014, 1:53 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: William Norman Grigg Print

The Rapist Doctrine vs. the Tom Joad Test

William Norman Grigg

"Don't resist -- it will only be worse for you." That's the message of both the rapist and the police officer, as candidly digested by Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the LAPD who now preaches that doctrine as a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University.

Whenever a Mundane is approached by a member of the state's punitive priesthood, Dutta explains, "here is the bottom line" from the perspective of the privileged aggressor: "[I]f you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don't argue with me, don't call me names, don't tell me that I can't stop you, don't say that I'm a racist pig, don't threaten that you'll sue me and take away my badge. Don't even think of aggressively walking towards me" (which would mean, apparently, that if the Mundane obeys a command to approach the officer he had better not frighten the timid creature giving the orders by complying too enthusiastically).

To that litany, he might had added: Don't think of walking away from me, either, because that act is also considered "aggression" by a police officer; don't place one foot behind the other, or crouch even to the slightest degree, because this will be defined, after the fact, as "assuming a fighting stance"; don't flinch or recoil from the officer when he batters you, because this can be, and often has, been defined as "assault on an officer"; if the officer throws you to the ground and starts to choke you, don't defend yourself, or you can be charged with "attempted murder."

"Most field stops are complete in minutes," coos the apologist for state-licensed aggressive violence. "How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

The same is true, of course, of most encounters between a rapist and a victim. The violation of a free person's rights is not any less egregious for being brief.

Yes, Dutta generously concedes, "corrupt and bully cops exist... I know that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals."

Nonetheless, he lectures Mundanes, such people are your social superiors whose commands must be obeyed without cavil or qualification. When such beings focus their unwarranted attention on you, "I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment." Always accept their impositions with cheerful docility. Don't even think of defending yourself, because police "are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else's life" -- and any gesture of non-compliance, however fleeting or non-violent, constitutes a "threat" from their perspective.

"Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you," he insists, leaving aside the fact that in each such encounter the aggressor is shielded by "qualified immunity" and the tribal loyalty of his comrades -- and the other is subject to financial injury, imprisonment, or death at the whim of that same caste.

Dutta claims that "in the overwhelming majority of cases it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning into tragedies," a claim rooted in the assumption that police escalation will stop as soon as the subject submits -- and, on the other hand, that violence will continue until submission is achieved. By this standard, the cop is presumptively in the right, and the victim of abuse is presumed to be wrong -- the direct inversion of the standard used in the "Tom Joad Test."

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Posted: Aug 20 2014, 7:42 AM

93167 " a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University. "

Seriously, is that a real job-title and a real university-course ?
I don't think even nazi-Germany had that .
Nickel's 2-bits

Posted: Aug 20 2014, 11:47 AM

7147 It's not surprising that he finds a commonality between rape and policing, given that both are about power and control.

(Perhaps no other society on the planet has more easily available sex, both for free and for moderate cost. A person who wants sex goes to a singles bar or hires a prostitute. Therefore rape is not about sex, it is about power and control.)

Power and control are grave concerns in any society and, in fact, that is one problem to be solved before achieving any Libertarian society.

Those who want or have power and control always oppress everyone in sight; they can't be eradicated by eliminating government. If there is a government, they gravitate to it because it magnifies their power and control.

In the absence of government, they would gravitate to their their gun; their "superiority" (aka your inferiority); that paycheck, food, water, or air they can withhold at whim; the combined, overwhelming force of the many people that owe loyalty to them, or that they hire if they are rich; or assassination of your reputation.

For them, power and control is their drug; they are neither created by government, nor destroyed by its absence.

Posted: Aug 20 2014, 10:25 PM


Nazy Germany probably didn't, but the countries of the Communist block certainly did. But of course courses like that were taught in state institutions. The fact that it's being taught here in a private school is truly Kafkaesque.

Posted: Aug 20 2014, 10:34 PM

The message of Mr. Dutta is pretty much the same as what we saw a while ago in the famous article "When Should You Shoot a Cop" by Larken Rose:

Of course, state mercenaries don’t take kindly to being resisted, even non-violently. If you question their right to detain you, interrogate you, search you, invade your home, and so on, you are very likely to be tasered, physically assaulted, kidnapped, put in a cage, or shot. If a cop decides to treat you like livestock, whether he does it “legally” or not, you will usually have only two options: submit, or kill the cop. You can’t resist a cop “just a little” and get away with it. He will always call in more of his fellow gang members, until you are subdued or dead.
Basic logic dictates that you either have an obligation to LET “law enforcers” have their way with you, or you have the right to STOP them from doing so, which will almost always require killing them. (Politely asking fascists to not be fascists has a very poor track record.)

Naturally, in the alternative "submit or kill " Mr. Dutta is ready to discuss only the first part.

Posted: Aug 21 2014, 6:10 PM

93167 @ v.r. :
I'm not even sure that was a real job-title or a real university-course in the so-called German Democratic Republic or the USSR ..

I find it extremely worrying :
Not only do Americans heil the flag and pledge allegiance to One Nation under Dog.. You actually have Homeland Security 'professors' !
Thing are much worse in the US than I thought possible .

Posted: Aug 25 2014, 12:45 AM


Yes, in USSR they did have so called "Highest Party School" (my translation). BUT: in USSR everybody knew full well the distance between the propaganda, taken as necessary set of public behavior rules in order to make career and to stay out of trouble, and reality. Party authorities in USSR couldn't have even imagined the level of the sincerity of the public compliance present in the US.
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