For those of you unfamiliar with this story (there has been somewhat of a media blackout, after all), Keoni Galt has the full story – including why it is that so many of us feel a knee-jerk feeling of support for rogue ex-cop Chris Dorner.
But to describe it in brief – Chris Dorner was an ex-military police officer in L.A., until he was fired from the job. Which is kind of a nasty thing, to be honest – not quite as bad as a Dishonourable Discharge from the military (an Event which has quite the potential to undermine future job prospects), but certainly out there. While not life destroying, it can be substantially Life Altering.
And the reason for his crime? In 2007 he reported that then-Officer now-Sergeant Teresa Evans needlessly kicked a suspect twice in the chest, and once in the face. And speaking the Truth goes against the Thin Blue Line. Ergo – fired.
Mix in some High Jingo and a few other names of the Corrupt and Corruptible.
So Chris Dorner (in a calm and measured response) declared war not just on those who’d wronged him – not just the L.A. police department in general – but also on the children of the “allegedly” (LOL) corrupt officers.
The L.A.P.D. responded in their typical manner, by shooting two women in a van of a similar colour to Dorner’s.
Looks like there ain’t no good guys in this story.
As I said, Keoni’s done a pretty good job covering everything – let’s forget about the contemporary details – and instead we’ll look at the pattern.
First, let’s keep in mind that it’s the crazy ones who’ll always be the first to snap. Of course mass shooters are crazy… but is it just me or are they getting less crazy?
Ted Kaczynski is a genius, and what I’ve read of his manifesto makes a worrying amount of sense (Nutshell: we’ve become the servants of the technology which distorts our senses and society, turning us into broken caricatures of humanity – serving that same technology). What doesn’t make sense is how exactly he thought that mutilating Engineers, Programmers, and Postal Workers would help ignite the Pastoral Revolution. I can’t help but wonder what happened to that man – shy, introverted, intelligent – what drove him off the rails? How did society allow this man to wind up in a mountain hut building bombs?
With Dorner, the situation’s obvious – lost job, lost career, lost wife – the guy snaps. While I’m no phrenologist, his photograph suggests a man of decent character, a dull, middling sort of intelligence, and a propensity to violence. Much like the protagonist of They Live, who upon noticing the Alien Conspiracy thinks it makes sense to walk into a bank and start shooting.
Almost as if I’m drawing a parallel, eh?
Of course it’s the crazy one’s who snap first; but Dorner strikes me as a lot less crazy than the others out there… and despite his over-reaction, he’s sane enough that a lot of people are emphasizing with him; does anyone still believe the cops are still on the sides of the “Citizens” (said with a sneer, and an implied spitting motion).
Thomas Ball and Andrew Stack were pacifistic in their violence; Ball only killed himself, and the death which resulted from Stack’s suicide bombing was accidental. They were still following the Old Way of peaceful protest – only in this case they followed the path all the way to the Buddhist Monk.
What happens when the lines between Sane Citizen (“Puh!”) and Disgruntled Killer start to blur?
There are going to be imitators.
Let’s not forget the other lesson of This Little Affair, for that matter – the relative impotence of cops.
I’ll spare you the lecture about how Policing only works in a civil society – the sort of society with a lot of guns, and a ruling Monarch, not a President – and simply cut to the chase and point out that Cops Are Not Dangerous.
Scary? You’d better believe it. Merely driving your car is an Indictable Offense, should they be in the mood – and the natural state of the coward is to respond with Maximum Force to a Perceived Slight – so I tend to treat them like ‘rattlers. Nothing against them, but I move slowly when they’re around.
But they’re not dangerous; aside from an expertise at grappling drunks, they’re less competent in a fight than your average meth-head.
I’ve trained with the S.W.A.T. team; I know their tactics. They’re designed to take on crack-heads who might have a knife or an solitary pistol, not the sort of person who’s as familiar with an AR-15 as he is with a set of Sais. I’ve had them confide to me that “One of you Army guys going nuts is one of our biggest worries…”
Oops; break the Justice System, and look what happens…
Scary? Yes – they like to No-Knock-Warrant you in the middle of the night, while your kids are sleeping in the next room, and shoot your dachshund. But not particularly dangerous.
The cat’s out of the bag; I already knew that the cops weren’t dangerous. Now you know – but so what? Unlike Dorner (who is an ideological Leftist), our brainwaves are Quite Stable.
But we’re not the only ones watching; the West has plenty of enemies who are foreign – not domestic – and savage as they might be, they are not stupid or cowardly.
Welcome to the Decline of Western Civilization, folks – where the cops run scared from the violence of a single man, shooting the civilians whom they never actually swore to protect (that’s just a motto – not an oath), while repeatedly losing him whenever they draw close. No one in their right mind mistakes the Justice System for Just – “Fuck da’ Police” jokes are regularly heard in office towers.
The Justice System is dead – the basis of civil society is dead – we’re just waiting its hulking mass to fall over, so we can all rip off our shirts and start defecating in the street.
You asked for Democracy – you got it.