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The effects of authority gone wrong - Journal of Omnifarious

Aug. 24th, 2008

05:39 pm - The effects of authority gone wrong

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merchanta recently came back from Canada and has interesting (though not public) reports of just how bad the border crossing actually is. She references two interesting stories:

Totally broken. Authority out of control. Will you do something about it? Do you have any ideas for what can be done?

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Date:August 25th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)

"critical mass"...


Police have been beating up critical mass riders for years. San Francisco had one of the most notorious interactions.
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Date:August 25th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)

Re: "critical mass"...


I know. The Critical Mass do things to raise people's ire as well. They tend to be very disrespectful of traffic laws. I can understand why they are, and I can understand why that upsets people.

As a bicyclist, I know that traffic laws are often very, very inconvenient and don't fit bicycles very well. Losing momentum on a bicycle is significantly more of an issue on a bicycle than losing it in a car. And cars frequently don't really pay attention to bicyclists or the traffic laws when it comes to bicyclists either. So Critical Mass folks being as belligerent to cars when they have the manpower as they perceive cars as being belligerent to them makes sense, but it's very unfortunate and a poor response.

OTOH, I don't understand why the police have to get in these people's faces that way. Can't they just arrest people who make trouble instead?

The police don't like having their authority challenged in even the tiniest respect, and the response is to be a belligerent thug to anybody perceived as doing so. I feel this problem has been with us in this country for a long time. And I think that a perception that our government as a whole is abusing its power to achieve some 'higher good' emboldens those kind of petty thugs who would like to see their idea of what the 'higher good' is imposed on others.

Edited at 2008-08-25 01:38 pm (UTC)
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