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Pete Eyre, co-founder of CopBlock.org, recaps various abuses by school resource officers that are placed in your children’s schools for their “protection”. What is more apparent, is that the children are being trained to behave in a reactionary way to authority with no questions asked.
Schools As PrisonsPublished On January 6, 2014 | By Pete Eyre | Videos
To entrust the government with the power of determining the education which our children receive is entrusting our servant with the power to be our master.
– David Nasaw
Police In Schools
In recent years, the number of so-called school resource officers has ballooned.
Schools are supposed to be a place for kids to learn. To be challenged and to grow. Yet if one looks closer at the roots of the school system, it becomes clear that that institution puts a higher premium on conformity, on a student who consumes and regurgitates what they’re told, based more and more often on criteria set by bureaucrats in DC.
It’s costly and difficult to control a population physically, through use of arms.
Key to the perpetuation and consolidation of political power is to control the mind.
For more background on how this situation was arrived at, see the excellent video “The American Way” and check into the writings of John Taylor Gatto
Today there are over 10,000 school liaison employees. Some say this development has transitioned schools into correctional facilities.
And while the stated intention of creating a safe environment is admirable – as is true for cops outside of school walls, the incentive for those within the school walls is not to serve and protect, but to target those who disobey.
When the only tool had is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Such are the incentives of a coercive monopoly.
Introduce that mindset into an environment with ridiculous zero tolerance policies, and you have a bad combination.
In Texas, where school liaison employees annually write over 100,000 citations, the head of the supreme court Wallace Jefferson, noted, “We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses.”
Police are trained to escalate situations until compliance is gained.
In Stockton, California, school liaison employee Frank Gordo sat down to have a conversation with a 5yr old boy. After Gordo put his hand on the boy’s hand, the boy pushed Gordo’s hand away and kicked him in the knee. Gordo responded by zip-tying the boy for over an hour and charging him with battery.
If you did that to a 5yo child would that be permissible?
In Washington DC, police liaison employee Bailey, upset at a verbal response from a 10-year-old, grabbed the student by the back of his head and slammed it off the table. The student reported the incident to his teacher, but was told she couldn’t act as it involved a police employee. Later that day, when the boy was brought to the hospital by his mom after complaining of a a headache and sleepiness, it was discovered that he had had a concussion.
In Manchester NH, school liaison employee Darren Murphy slammed a students head off a cafeteria table for swearing. There too – school administrators sided with the aggressor – Murphy faced no repercussions and was back to ‘keeping the school safe’ the very next day.
In Mississippi, a girl with sleep apnea feel asleep when reading a book in class. She was eventually asked to leave. When in the hall on the phone with her mom someone swiped at her backpack. The girl didn’t turn around, but said “leave me alone.” The person behind her was school liaison employee Chris Bryant, who shoved her face-first into a filing cabinet then handcuffed her. After the girl threw up from the trauma, she was brought to a children’s hospital and had her arm immobilized.
Police are actively targeting parents who’s kids are said to be truant. After all, time spent in government schools is crucial to the indoctrination of the next generation.
In Palm Beach, FL parents of such students may be caged up to two months and face ransoms of thousands of dollars.
In Orange County, California, parents of students who weren’t present as dictated face up to a year in a cage. A recent “truancy sweep” involved at least seven agencies, including a gang reduction intervention team.
But hey – it’s for their own good right?
The men and women still pretending that the disastrous war on some substances is feasible, have subjected students to their erroneous ways.
In Goose Creek, South Carolina police conducted a raid under the pretense of seizing drugs. They had coordinated with school administers ahead of time. Over a hundred students in the hall were ordered on the floor. Over a dozen were handcuffed. Some had guns pointed at their heads. No drugs were found. And no apologies were issued.
In Indiana an 11year old boy who had cannabis on his person was bitten by a police dog. The cannabis was placed there by the dogs handler, as part of a simulated raid. is that the kind of thing you want your kid to be desensitized about? A raid? Is a world where that is commonplace ideal?
Would you let me come around your kid with a dog trained to be aggressive and think it alright if I planted drugs on them and them your child to be chill while I led the dog around them?
The act is no different if the handler happens to wear a badge.
And, the LAPD, the same outfit that introduced SWAT units started the practice of placing undercover police employees are in schools posing as students. Their goal? To bust kids selling substances deemed illicit.
This includes one Florida student who, though he didn’t use cannabis himself, procured some and gave it for free to a female he fell in love with. Turns out, she was a cop. In the end, he, and 30 others, were arrested.
In the post-9/11 security theater, school resource officers like to see themselves as being on the front lines.
Organizations now exist to capitalize on this sector of the police state. One – the National Association of School Resource Officers, offers training, and lists as the first presentation item – “Preparation for International and Domestic Terrorism”
It should be clear – at least to those who haven’t just been exposed to government education – just who are the real terrorists.
As if taking a cue from our friends at fusion centers, a database called inBloom is being implemented in school districts.
The software tracks over 400 metrics about each student. But don’t worry, they promise that the information won’t be shared.
And administrators one school – which distributed laptops to students – spied on over 40 students through the built-in camera.
So what are some solutions?
I know some will say, “but it’s important that these kids be in school!” but who’s kids are these? The states? A faceless entity answerable to no one? Are all proclamations made by such folks legitimate?
What if parents were told that their children had to be present in school for 9 hours a day? or 11 hours a day?
What if parents were told that, to mitigate distractions during the schoolyear, their children would be taken and placed in government-run boarding houses?
What if parents were told that their kids had to participate in a Youth Service program to show their allegiance?
If you have kids and you are a firearm owners, consider this question:
If asked, would you turn over your guns to a government agent for a third of the day? I’d guess not, yet are you current willing to hand-off something even more important – your kids, and their minds – to the same people?
Education doesn’t just happen in a building called a school. And in fact, the information pushed there is patently full of omissions and misinformation to fit the statist quo.
As John Holt said, compulsory schooling, compulsory learning – is a tyranny and a crime against the human mind and spirit. Let all those escape it who can, any way they can.
If you have kids, consider homeschooling, or better yet, unschooling.
And if you’re not a fan of the police state and the incursion of police employees into schools, learn about peaceful parenting.
This article posted to LewRockwell.com on December 18th 2013 by Glenn Jacobs touches on a few of his reservations and concerns about the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin.
I personally have lost Bitcoin, and have been unable to recover them as of yet, 6 months later. Whether the problem is user error, or software or hardware is still undetermined. With a decentralized style of transmission and storage it puts a lot of responsibility on the user to hold onto their coin and keep it safe from prying eyes or hands.
I know many of individuals who have had nothing but a positive experience with Bitcoin and many who have had similar situations as my own. Either way this new technology comes with a great deal of risk and as the early adopters have shown a potential for a large of reward.
By Glenn Jacobs
December 18, 2013
Within the liberty community, there is a raging debate about the merits and future of Bitcoin. Because Bitcoin has been by far the best investment of this decade, that debate is quickly making its way into the mainstream as well.
Many smart folks whom I like and respect are enormous proponents of this digital currency. Some of them go so far as to say that Bitcoin will fundamentally break the power of the State by undermining its ability to control money. This a laudable goal indeed. Bitcoin is also the first exposure that many people have had to the idea of competing currencies, which is a welcome development.
Nevertheless, I have some serious reservations and concerns about Bitcoin.
While digital currencies like Bitcoin may play a role in a future monetary system, I still tend to believe that gold and silver will reemerge as the dominate forms of money, and it is the precious metals which will eventually overwhelm and supplant government issued fiat currencies.
First of all, as the hard money camp points out, money, i.e. a society’s medium of exchange, emerges on the market. It is not introduced from the top-down, but comes forth from the bottom-up. No one “invents” money, not even governments. Throughout history, governments have taken control of the currency, and then gradually weaned them off of their precious metal backing.
When presented with this argument, Bitcoin supporters claim that the first people to start using gold and silver as money did indeed introduce them into the market. The problem with this argument is that no one planned on whatever commodity being used as money. Folks simply begin trading this particular item because that good happened to be the one that everyone else would accept. It was the society’s most marketable commodity.
Bitcoin supporters claim that its value is derived from the fact that Bitcoin can be exchanged. In other words, it is a form of money, which is what makes it valuable. Again, this argument puts the cart before the horse. Gold and silver became money because of their value as commodities, not the other way around.
We often hear that gold and silver have intrinsic value. This statement is false. Austrian economics teaches us that value is subjective. Nothing has intrinsic value. Goods only have the value that individuals assign to them.
Nevertheless, human beings have desired the precious metals for thousands of years. This track record proves that the metals have value in and of themselves. Conversely, what gives Bitcoin its value? I assert that folks value Bitcoin because it is not the Dollar or the Euro or the Yen. Unlike gold and silver, folks desire Bitcoin because of what it isn’t, not because of what it is.
This brings us to a very important question: if the precious metals were actually allowed to compete in the market as money, would there even be a need for something like Bitcoin?
There is another concern about Bitcoin that gnaws at me. Control of money is the State’s most important tool for maintaining power. Controlling money allows governments to engineer society, rewarding the politically connected while keeping the underclass content. It gives government the ability to promote the illusion that there is such as thing as a free lunch, and that the State is the fountainhead from which all good things flow. Thus, governments will crush anything that undermines their control over money. Absolutely no competition in this area is allowed.
Of course, hard money–gold and silver–is the ultimate competitor to the State’s fiat currencies. For this reason, Western governments* have long exhibited outright hostility to the metals:
- •From 1933 until 1975, it was illegal for US citizens to own gold bullion.
- •The world’s governments and central banks actively manipulate the price of gold through market interventions like the now defunct London Gold Pool.
- •Officials such as Ben Bernanke ridicule gold, saying that central banks hold it is reserve not because gold is money, but as a matter of “tradition.”
- •In the US, gold and silver are taxed at prohibitive rates compared to other investments.
If you need any more evidence of the government’s hatred and fear of the precious metals, just read what U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins had to say during Bernard von NotHaus’s counterfeiting trial. She described the Liberty Dollar–a privately issued currency backed by precious metals–as “a unique form of domestic terrorism” that is attempting “to undermine the legitimate currency of this country.”
On the other hand, government and central bank officials have given Bitcoin lukewarm approval. Ahead of congressional hearings into Bitcoin, Bernanke wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs saying that digital currencies such as Bitcoin “may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system.” During the hearings, the Department of Justice stated that Bitcoins can be “legal means of exchange”
Perhaps it’s my conspiratorial side, but something smells fishy here. If Bitcoin is as dangerous to the State as its proponents in the liberty movement claim, why isn’t the State already moving to crush it?
All this excitement about Bitcoin may divert interest away the precious metals, which is probably exactly what the State wants. Meanwhile, all the money that could potential flow into Bitcoin is money that will not flow into the precious metals, meaning that fewer folks will own the ultimate money.
While I wish Bitcoin and its supporters success, and I love the idea of competing currencies, I fear that Bitcoin will act as a foil for the real once-and-future money–gold and silver.
*While the Chinese government appears more sympathetic to gold, many (including myself) suspect that the goal of the Chinese is to introduce a gold-backed currency to rival the dollar. The Chinese are not goldbugs. They recognize the importance of issuing the world’s reserve currency in positioning themselves as a new superpower.
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