By Matt Agorist
Late Thursday night, during an entirely peaceful protest, murderers opened fire on crowds of police officers. Five Dallas cops were tragically killed and six others injured.
These apparently unprovoked attacks on individuals who were not directly involved in threatening the life of the shooters are a hindrance to the progression of liberty and police accountability.
Random acts of violence will only serve to undo what little progress those of us in the peaceful movement have accomplished and, in fact, will reverse it and prevent any future progress.
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Violently attacking the government creates victims out of the ones we are trying to expose as criminals.
Those who initiate and support such violence will be complicit in creating the hellish police state that will inevitably ensue as a consequence of their actions.
It will start a war in which the people are the enemy.
We can simply look back to 9-11 as an example of what is to come if this violence continues.
Prior to 9-11 the TSA did not exist, indefinite detention did not exist, the NSA did not spy on American citizens, the police weren’t given armored assault vehicles, and Americans could not be assassinated without trial.
We can expect to see peaceful activists rounded up and detained indefinitely. We can expect to see homes raided of individuals who are speaking out against the State. We will see more and more checkpoints, and less and less unmolested travel.
If you think that the American people can somehow win in a war against the military industrial complex that the US has built up in the last decade and a half, you are seriously delusional.
Your AR-15 will do nothing against thermal imaging predator drones equipped with Raytheon’s small tactical munitions designed for blowing up single homes. They will not stop the MRAP as it plows through your front door. No matter how you slice it, the most well-armed American citizen is no match for the hundreds of billions spent annually by the US on warfare.
No, this battle will not be won with weaponry as the US spends more annually on defense than the next 13 largest militaries in the world, combined.
Also, the above scenarios don’t take into account the public’s support. If a group of people rise up and claim to be freedom fighters and they do not have the support of the citizens, well, that “revolution” was over before it started.
If anyone thinks that killing cops and/or praising the death of innocent people will amass public opinion in their favor – again, they are seriously delusional.
Even if a large group was able to get public support and engage in a war against the government, imagine the horrid reality that would come to pass. The US would literally be a war zone and quickly languish into third world status.
As a former Marine, I know that before I woke up to this tyranny, I would have done anything my leaders told me, including initiating force against Americans — especially if there were an increase in the prevalence of unprovoked violence against the State like we just witnessed in Dallas.
However, I also know firsthand how people can change once presented with the information that frees them from their Statist bonds. Most of these police officers are simply brainwashed into thinking they are doing the right thing. They just need to see their true reflection enough times to realize that they are not. It is up to you and me to provide this reflection.
That is why we must win the hearts and minds of the people within the State. We must expose as much of their violence and corruption as we can, for that is what garners support — not murder.
We must show that those of us who stand against this state corruption are the good guys. We are not some violent group of terrorists who are quick to don the pitchforks and torches and beg for blood.
Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power — these are tools of the State, not of the peaceful revolution.
Those who would take an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass murdering sociopaths within the government.
‘But police are not innocent,’ some will say. What are statements such as that one, other than calls to remove due process and act as judge, jury, and executioner, just like the corrupt police?
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Yes, police uphold a system of immoral laws that lead to the harassment, kidnapping and death of innocent people. But these are mere symptoms of a much larger problem.
The police state didn’t suddenly pop up overnight. It’s a product of society. More accurately, it’s a symptom of a sick society that we are all complicit in creating.
Our only means of changing this sick society is changing ourselves. We have to remove our dependency upon a group of people who use violent coercion to achieve what they refer to as “order.” When enough of us do this, the police state becomes irrelevant.
To quote Butler Shaffer from his eye-opening book, The Wizards of Ozymandias:
We will not become free when the state goes away. Rather the state will go away once we are free.
Taking an aspirin for a headache only masks the symptom of that headache, it does nothing to eliminate the cause.
One cannot eliminate future headaches by constantly taking aspirin, in the same manner that one cannot change a violent State by acting within the rules of that State; violence will only be met with more violence and more support for the State.
We must show that policing society does not have to be like this. We must expose the faults of this archaic system of using violence to solve every problem that arises.
We must show that there are alternatives to this type of policing and these alternatives will eventually make the old system obsolete. This has already begun.
We are now witnessing the free market reacting to an incompetent and violent police state by creating alternative means of community security.
Apps like Peacekeeper, which connects community members directly to each other to foster community interdependence by empowering community members to protect one another, are popping up as a reaction to police violence and corruption.
Organizations like the Threat Management Center in Detroit are popping up in response to police incompetence and negligence, and they are proving to be magnitudes more effective than actual police.
The new system is being built and is quickly showing the obsolescence of the old.
But here is the kicker — all these alternatives go away as long as people keep initiating senseless violence. We can say goodbye to all these positive aspects of society reacting peacefully to the police state. Every act of senseless violence is a step backward in the fight for freedom.
Do not mistake this as a call to pacifism. No one is advocating that you lay down and lick the boots of tyrants as they oppress you.
Self-defense is a natural right. This is why we see laws popping up like the one in Indiana that legalizes the shooting of police if they enter your home and pose an unjust threat to you and your family.
Georgia Sen. Mike Crane is running in the state’s Republican primary to replace U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Any politician seeking office in that very “conservative” state must pledge their support to cops and authority figures. But Crane, being a strict constitutionalist, believes that no-knock warrants are illegal and unjust. He was even filmed at a town hall meeting noting how shooting at unannounced intruders in your house is just, regardless of the badge.
The actions that we are taking now like filming the police, photographing and documenting their corruption and standing up to their immoral rule, are the real catalysts of change; and again, they will all go away if the violence continues.
The video of Eric Garner did not lead to the indictment of officer Pantaleo, but it set off a wave of peaceful resistance like we’ve never seen. Sports figures, movie stars, newscasters and even lawmakers have rallied together to put an end to this senseless police brutality.
The two videos of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were waking Americans up. Now, their tragic deaths are put on the back burner as the nation grieves the senseless murder of the Dallas police officers.
If you think that we are losing this battle, however, think again.
Police are frequently contacting The Free Thought Project and asking how they can help stop this ridiculous police state, and we are working with them to find new ways. One of the ways is a fund that we’ve recently set up to help whistleblower officers.
There are organizations like LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) that are fighting the odds and standing up to their own peers and seeking peaceful change.
There are movements across the country which are forcing police departments to carry their own personal liability insurance. This would stop the unaccountable flow of taxpayer dollars to pay for police misconduct, and hold the officers directly responsible for their actions.
We are winning and can beat these tyrants. But if people continue to stoop to the same level of senseless violence and removal of due process as them, we will not only lose, but guarantee that there will never be another opportunity to resist again.
Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist.