FINALLY, I’m so afraid to try to critique the absolutism on a lot of things but a lot of leftists would rather maintain a spectacle or an aesthetic than to actually be reasonable and deal with the nuance of things, it’s hard to disagree with people when every step here or there or merely just questioning some suppositions will get you called fascist/nazbol/fox news, etc. etc. ACAB-All communists are bastards T-Shirt people aren’t willing to actually question their assumptions in the name of dogma God damn that’s one hell of an essay. Too bad I can’t fucking read all of it. Yeah, American leftism is a tragic play on a stage built of toothpicks with narcissistic actors that can’t separate themselves from their own personality long enough to be decent.
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Lots of good points. I’m not pro-cop by any means but I think you did a nice job breaking down why a more nuanced perspective on policing on the left is necessary. I’ve been biting my tongue a lot on this stuff recently because the discourse even among normie libs has shifted to ACAB but I really think that most cops join up with at least neutral (if not positive) intentions. Cops are people too. They can be socialists. We need neutral arbiters, called police. ACAB-All communists are bastards T-Shirt Don’t shit where you eat (date in professional environment.) ACAB is a dumb slogan because of the reductive bastard moral judgement. Left needs better slogans. Class traitors are very valuable to the revolution. Bolsheviks were a force because they showed they could make a state.
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Just like everyone else, they want a stable job with benefits to support a family, and they see policing as an aspect of public safety. Obviously police academies indoctrinate them and spoil many of their good intentions but I firmly believe that there are at least some class allies waiting to be made among cops (and definitely ex-cops). ACAB discourse is yet another way for centrists to paint the left as clueless and incapable of running a functioning society and it’s cutting off support from a large portion of the population that shares class interests but is more socially conservative. Once again, stupidpol kneecaps us. ACAB-All communists are bastards T-Shirt Maximalist slogans and riot porn just alienate the left from people and create an image of police that isn’t very useful. If we play our cards right, like in previous revolutions, then enemy forces will be glad to join us.