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Politics and its Discontents: The Power of Non-Violence

Never an advocate of violence, I have been recently thinking of the power of its opposite, non-violence or passive resistance, especially in light of the contemptible yet very casual pepper-spraying of University of California – Davis students by campus police.

For me, the various pictures and stories circulating on the Internet of the ugly . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Power of Non-Violence

Lt. John Pike, UC Davis Police: Little Eichmann of the Day

Time to revive a dormant feature.

Here’s the tough guy, pepper-spraying unarmed students. Can’t help but notice the contrast: students sitting peacefully and silently get pepper-sprayed in the face. Students trashing their campus and destroying vehicles because a child-rapist football coach got fired get … a stern frown?

Full story here. Why do I get . . . → Read More: Lt. John Pike, UC Davis Police: Little Eichmann of the Day

Politics and its Discontents: The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying

That’s the title of a searing and insightful analysis by Glenn Greenwald as he examines both the mentality and the effects, both intended and unintended, of the excessive and brutal force used against Occupy demonstrators and others.

Amongst his findings are the following:

– excessive police force against non-violent protest is not a new . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying

Politics and its Discontents: A Blogger’s Blogger

Although I have made reference to him before, Dr. Dawg continues to inspire my admiration. Although most of you probably read him already, I especially recommend his recent posts on the outrage a UCDavis, where campus police callously pepper-sprayed students who had linked arms on and sat on the pavement. He also provides excoriating coverage . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Blogger’s Blogger

Politics and its Discontents: A Premeditated Act of Police Brutality

In this video, a group of college students are huddled on the ground in a defensive position at UC Davis on November 18. An officer, later identified as UC police Lt. John Pike, then casually douses them with a chemical agent. You’ll note that a number of bystanders who were simply watching what was going . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Premeditated Act of Police Brutality