I sometimes coach (MMA etc) cops and military types. They know my opinion on certain things and I am not shy about expressing them. I at times feel a hypocrisy in working with them and have even mentioned that to them. Those few I work with, are “nice” men. Easy to get along with and just regular blokes.
This past Thursday I had a heavier debate with one lad, he is ex military and now a cop. He said that it is important to have a strong government to rule over others. He says that disarmed populace is good because statistically Aus has very low stranger gun deaths (this may be due to culture itself) and that it is dangerous to have armed citizens who may resist the police.
He also said that censorship should occur and used Covid conspiracies as an example. These are not uncommon views, he went on to say that women should not be allowed to carry a knife, mace, tazer and so on to defend themselves only to rely on the police. Because the risk of those items being used against the police and so on are too great.
I asked him, where free people can go, if they disagree with being ruled and owned. He said no where. They are too dangerous to be allowed to be free. I asked him what law he would NOT enforce, he said “I don’t know”.
The thing that gets me about this sort of conversation is that often those who serve or enforce do so with a certain inconsistency and hypocrisy. They will disguise it with abstract notions. And claim to disagree with the things that they are doing, the belief being is that over all they do more good than harm. The laws that they disagree with can be weighed against the ‘thin blue line’ or in case of military types ‘better to fight them over there than at home.”
Here was a man who is ‘nice’, loves his family and has similar interests but with a hot resolve told me that I am owned and should obey. To put simply trust the government of the land and only through the process of voting can we change it. But some laws should always remain.
I find conversations like this are a little harder in the sense that it is a reminder that real evil is done by those who truly think that they are doing good. That tyranny in many of its forms grows and mutates because committed doers believe in the morality of what they do. The mercenaries are one thing, those just doing a job with apathy. But when a “nice” man is so honest and determined to strip away liberty and to enforce any and all laws, that is a reality that we as anti-war and liberty minded people need to come to terms with I think. It is an uncomfortable truth.
They are not jack booted demons absent of charm and wit, they are individuals who will hug their kids, cry over a beer and throw a writer inside a cage for the crime of dissent. No idea why this conversation with him over the many others I have had has been kicking my brain in the dick lately. Anyhow I thought that I would share with any of those who cared.
Stay awesome all.