Totalitarianism in America: Nothing New

(10-21-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Totalitarian governments don't acknowledge individual liberties. Everyone must support the state. No dissent, democratic elections, freedom of speech, or a free press. North Korea is a totalitarian state, as are theocracies like Iran and Pakistan. In a theocracy the leaders' holy book is the supreme authority, not democratically created laws. American Christian extremists want this as well.

Authoritarianism Is the American Way

(10-20-2017-updated 07-08-2018)  Respect: American For Blind Submission to the Authorities. Americans, you sacrifice too many freedoms to institutions. The president should not be an adored god, the police are not heroes (as a collective group) and you pay schools to educate and care for your children, not to police them. It's ridiculous how you let them abuse their powers to the extent that they do. Powers that, half the time, they shouldn't even have,You really need to take a step back and have a good look. 

Dutch Police Training: Lessons From History

(10-13-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Respect For Authority: The Dutch Learned From WWII. The German occupation (1940-1945) was a watershed moment for us. Before discussing authoritarianism in America, I'll talk about authoritarianism and the police in the Netherlands,  so you understand where I'm coning from. And I'll describe 1980s Dutch police training, which focused more on de-escalation training than on using force.

Too Bad It Takes Trump

(05-30-2016, updated 07-14-2018)   Feeling empty while the pundits catch up I've got nothing left to say other than: I told you so, America.  Too bad that it took Trump to open some eyes. Glad as I am that eyes are opening, it's hard to remain optimistic. I wonder if we've passed the point of no return. 

Trump’s Success in the Republican Primary a Surprise

(01-31-2016, updated 07-14-2018)  Surprise? Only in America and only to Americans. In an otherwise good article, Ann Marie Cox claims that Trump's success in this GOP primary race could not have been foreseen with logic or by looking at history. Really? 

Officer Slam’s Sea of Troubles and Authoritarian Arguments Against the Abused Student

(11-01-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  Both the police force and the school were okay with letting Ben Fields loose on kids, and so, apparently, are many others. The Spring Valley High School SRO had two lawsuits filed against him, for excessive violence and for targeting black students. Were these the first ever incidents that he was perceived as violent and racist? It's possible. But one his nicknames was Officer Slam.

Georgetown Cop Trips Up People on the Field After a Soccer Match

(04-30-2014, updated 07-15-2018)  He got suspended, and one person said "He should have used better judgement." America, when are you going to get angry? Have you seen this video of a Georgetown cop at a high school football game?Georgetown is a smaller town north of Austin.

How to Deal with American Authoritarianism When Crossing Internal Checkpoints as an Alien

(05-08-2013, updated 07-15-2018)  Are you and American citizen? Hmm, let me think... Earlier I was mad about the liberties police take daily in regular, non-threatening situations, and  that nobody has a problem with it. Not enough to say anything. Americans and your endless respect for authority! This, of course, is not completely true. The Rio Grande Valley borders on Mexico in southern Texas.

“That’s just the way it is. You don’t ever talk back to a cop”

(05-06-2013, updated 07-15-2018)   Reese and the police: this country is a police state and nobody seems to notice. Last week Reese Witherspoon's husband was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Bad. Badbadbadbadbad. You get no argument from me there. But Reese was arrested, too. Why? She got out of her car! That's not all. When the cop ordered her back in the car, she told him she had a right to stand on American soil. Gasp! The horror!