14 theses on the Police

dias aren

  1. The police is the ghost in the machine of bourgeois society, the explicit proof of its unresolved social contradictions.
  2. The police is not just simply a repressive mechanism, is the body and the spirit of the state, the carrier and concentration of the monopoly of state violence.
  3. The police’s practices produce legitimacy, continually expand and perpetuate legal violence, conflating the violence sustained with the violence established.
  4. Therefore, the police is the educator of social life, the continuous measure of legitimacy, which lays down and sets the framework of social reproduction.
  5. Since the law is not the abstract formulation of regulatory principles, but especially its enforcement mechanism, the police is the law in its purest form.
  6. The extraeconomic brutal violence of law enforcement forces, is the prerequisite for the reproduction of social relations of exploitation or else, the condition sine que nan for the naturalization of intraeconomic violence.
  7. The Police to bourgeois thought, is the expression of the general interest and this idealization derives precisely from the narcissistic identification of the bourgeois interest with the general interest.
  8. The cult of police and its practices, is the projection of the ideology of law enforcement forces, in the realm of the universal, its elevation to dominant ideology.
  9. Any discrimination in good and bad police, is merely a subset of the ideology on the positive aspects of the state, separating the indivisible unity of domination and obscuring its real content.
  10. Towards the excessive police violence the bourgeois thinking, stares at its own reflection, the reformist complains on an “ethical” basis about the deviation from legitimacy and the revolutionary thinking, recognizes the raw content of state violence, the false universality deducted in class unilateralism.
  11. The police, regardless of the origin of the praetorians, incarnates the material expression of bourgeois dominion, is the watchdog of the ruling class. The reality of police’s brutality as an institution, does not exempt from their responsibilities the subjects of which it is composed.
  12. Police violence is primary violence, seen as positivity. Therefore for the revolutionary thinking, the negativity of counter-violence of the oppressed is intrinsically legitimate and just, regardless of its efficacy.
  13. Any revolutionary plan not involving the destruction of the police, and therefore the state, finds itself degenerated into hypocritical rhetoric and remains within the limits of bourgeois legitimacy.
  14. The revolutionary transformation, must at least get started with the crash and elimination of the police, as a necessary condition for the stagnation of the state and the conscious construction of the classless society.

Dionysis T.


in greek: Δεκατέσσερις θέσεις για την αστυνομία 31.12.2013


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