Your local grocer would be laughed out of business if he whined that his customers were ‘apathetic’ because they refuse to buy his rotten bananas. But the politician whines in the same way when he charges people with apathy because they won’t buy his rotten promises.
The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others.
Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weaknesses, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects — his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.
This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the ‘scientific’ analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: The implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’être for all the rest.
It should not be surprising that people with a lot of hate and anger (especially towards minorities) would be attracted to the police department, which would afford them many chances to physically intimidate, dominate, harass, beat, and even kill them with impunity.
It should not be surprising that bad people are attracted to positions of power.
Teddy Roosevelt once got in an argument with his girlfriend and took out his anger by shooting his neighbors dog, Lyndon Johnson once tied a stick of dynamite to a dog and blew it up.
Nobody should be surprised when people in positions of power “turn out” to be the absolute scum of the earth.
Filing this under: Der and/or hello?