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A Modern Man

A Collection of writings, prose, poetry, and articles from around the web related to being in today's world.

And there it is. A nearly all-white crowd chanting to a nearly all-black crowd, “Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!” Contemporary racism encapsulated by an attempt to package it as support for the police, exposed by calls to shoot black men.

There are no words.

Hendrik Goltzius’ “The Fall of Man” (1616) (Wikimedia Commons) (via The Internet’s Original Sin - The Atlantic)

Hendrik Goltzius’ “The Fall of Man” (1616) (Wikimedia Commons) (via The Internet’s Original Sin - The Atlantic)

A former LAPD officer turned sociologist (Cooper 1991) observed that the overwhelming majority of those beaten by police turn out not to be guilty of any crime. “Cops don’t beat up burglars”, he observed. The reason, he explained, is simple: the one thing most guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to “define the situation.” If what I’ve been saying is true this is just what we’d expect. The police truncheon is precisely the point where the state’s bureaucratic imperative for imposing simple administrative schema, and its monopoly of coercive force, come together. It only makes sense then that bureaucratic violence should consist first and foremost of attacks on those who insist on alternative schemas or interpretations. At the same time, if one accepts Piaget’s famous definition of mature intelligence as the ability to coordinate between multiple perspectives (or possible perspectives) one can see, here, precisely how bureaucratic power, at the moment it turns to violence, becomes literally a form of infantile stupidity.

David Graeber, Dead Zones of the Imagination (via antoine-roquentin)

(via corporationsarepeople)

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