There is an unbroken line of police violence in the United States that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery, the aftermath of slavery, the development of the Ku Klux Klan. There is so much history of this racist violence that simply to bring one person to justice is not going to disturb the whole racist edifice.— Angela Davis
Pioneering Police State quotations
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
We talk about civilization as though it's a static state.
There are no civilized people yet, it's a process that's constantly going on... As long as you have war, police, prisons, crime, you are in the early stages of civilization.
In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety.
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.
America needs to be defended. We need missile defense to better police the skies over the United States.
In the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrong doing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power.
Every nation-state tends towards the imperial - that is the point.
Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top.
Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded.
Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade. They don't realize that their liberties have been supplanted by a Gestapo Police State. Few understand that hard economic times are here to stay.
It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.
All oppression creates a state of war.
We need safe communities that are free from methamphetamine and a federal commitment to stand next to state leadership and law enforcement in the fight against this epidemic.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Ten minutes in a video store should convince any impartial observer that we live in a police state of consciousness, far more pervasive than the Nazis.
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.
The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism.
It is the secret police and the concentration camp.
Kid gets caught with marijuana, that kid has a police record.
A Wall Street executive destroys the economy, $5 billion settlement with the government, no criminal record. That is what power is about. That is what corruption is about. And that is what has to change in the United States of America.
I'm tired of living in a police state.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The climax of terror is reached when the police state begins to devour its own children, when yesterday's executioner becomes today's victim.
A policemans job is only easy in a police state.
Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods. Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Just as Hitler used the Reichstag burning, the U.
S. government now uses the so-called two wars, the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, to fuel fear in the population and establish a police security state.
If you stand still there is only one way to go, and that's backwards.
Step by step we see democracy being uprooted like an unwanted weed and the preparation for fascism, for a police state in America. The Congress is largely complicit. The media is supportive. The public is apathetic. By the time apathy is reversed, there may be little opportunity to restore what was lost without massive effort and pain.
Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.
When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight.
I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious.
Firefighters, police officers and state troopers place themselves in harm's way every day, every week, every year.
Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
When only cops have guns, it's called a "police state".
Hitler had a police state of the first order.
And those who showed any sign of being weak-kneed faced prison or often summary execution. That prevented a lot of people who knew that the war was not going to turn out well for Germany from giving up.
In a police state, referencing one's rights is seen as an act of aggression.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
The drug problem is in the United States, not in Mexico.
It's a demand problem and that is to be dealt with here, and it is not being dealt with. It's been shown over and over that prevention and treatment are far more cost effective than police action, out-of-country action, border control, and so on.
In this prison camp, the Gestapo state brain-police planet Earth, what is normal is insane and what is insane is normal. But it doesn't pay to tell that to the local politicians or other organizational structures that run the place that. They didn't crucify Christ because they liked what he said.
A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
Even though the crime rate has dropped in recent years, the United States has more police per capita then any other nation in the world.
A functioning police state needs no police.
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" [of Bob Dylan] captures, in word-salad format, life in an encroaching police state.
Whenever justice is uncertain and police spying and terror are at work, human beings fall into isolation, which, of course, is the aim and purpose of the dictator state, since it is based on the greatest possible accumulation of depotentiated social units.
Looting is a natural response to the unnatural and inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, and it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police and the other specialized detachments of the state's monopoly of armed violence.