Tuesday, December 04, 2007

"And when justice is gone, there's always force"

'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice
And when justice is gone, there's always force
And when force is gone, there's always Mom (Hi Mom!)

So hold me, Mom, in your long arms
In your automatic arms, your electronic arms
Your petrochemical arms, your military arms
In your arms

~Laurie Anderson, O Superman, 1981

CS Monitor : Taser death in Canada sparks heated debate around the world

Good article, but actually the debate, nominally about whether police forces around the world should use TASER™ stun guns, has hardly even started yet. The real debate is which end of the TASER™ you identify with. Is it a useful efficient tool which your trusted government deploys to protect you from baddies, or is it a weapon of ritualized oppression to stifle any incidence of otherness?

When the UN came out against the use of stun guns as incidentally lethal torture devices, Taser International responded that the UN was "out of touch with the realities facing law enforcement agents".
No, I don't think so. If there's one thing the UN understands, it's that regardless of political ideology, the battle is always between the "haves" and the "have nots".

So the real question is : Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do you?

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