Resisting the police state

Resistance to tyranny is something that is as programmed into man as strongly as his propensity for oppression. Innately all of us know that we have certain rights that can only be removed by acquiescence or brute force.    For centuries philosophers have expounded the “natural rights” of man and their application within societies. Even those in prison know that they have certain rights and will begin to resist when their imprisonment becomes tyrannical. When a man becomes enslaved, he knows innately that he has the right to be free but that has been taken from him.   When our natural rights are eroded to the point of tyranny, resistance will invariably begin. Resistance ,and revolution also, are commonly misunderstood by many people. Most think of an armed struggle that involves bombs, bullets and war, but it is in fact far from that.  Resistance , as is freedom, is a thought, an idea without necessarily having a something to quantify it. Just because neither have a corporeal existence doesn’t mean that they are not there. When freedom is gone ,everyone knows it and when resistance begins it is just as obvious.     Resistance is a funny and fickle thing because it does things that are counter intuitive. The more you oppress, the more that people resist . The higher the stakes and the more the atrocities, the higher the level of resistance.    In Northern Ireland the IRA virtually did not exist as a resistance group in the late 60’s. When the native Catholic population started to rise up against the oppression and discrimination of the Brits and protestants, violence quickly escalated against them. Caught up in the civil rights era they began to march and demonstrate for not only freedom from British rule, but also an end to the discrimination against them. In response they were attacked and brutalized by the police and armed gangs of protestant militias that made incursions into their neighborhoods.    The IRA split into two groups at the point with the newly formed provisional IRA dedicating themselves to protecting Catholics and bringing the armed struggle to the Brits. The PIRA was only a handful of volunteers with few to no weapons and would have remained that way except for further oppressions by the Brits.   The British army was eventually called in to quell the sectarian violence and was initially welcomed as they secured off the Catholic neighborhoods and brought safety and security. This soon changed as the people realized that they were being quarantined, not protected. Because of this treatment the PIRA ranks were swelling with volunteers and this is the counter intuitive part of resistance.     When things got bad enough the Brits started an internment policy which allowed them to arrest and hold prisoners without trial. Many people were mistreated and others tortured under this policy but instead of discouraging resistance, the PIRA was over run with volunteers.   All of these events culminated on bloody Sunday in 1972 when British troops opened fire on unarmed protesters immediately killing thirteen. The level of resistance from this point on became open warfare. Instead of being frightened of imprisonment or live fire the resistance movement exploded in size. The PIRA had a goal of recruiting volunteers faster than they could be killed or imprisoned and easily met that goal, actually turning many away.     If you look around you will see the first signs of resistance coming in our country and it is not with violence. There are more and more signs that people are saying “I am not going to take it”

This is apparently going to have to be a multi part article as I am such a long winded  air bag that I don’t have time to work and write. I will have more coming after this.Hope you enjoy. By the way “I’m free” is my all time favorite

3 responses to “Resisting the police state

  1. It’s a pity you chose to only tell the terrorists side of the story.GROWING UP, I had to live in a house with armoured doors and windows for 5 years. Why? The crime was that my fathers company sold building materials to the government. Forgive me if I have nothing but total disgust for you, your websites and your opinions from now on.

    • I don’t get it John. I don’t think that two fifty two year old woman and a mother of three qualify as terrorists.

      • My comments relate to you holding the PIRA up as an example to follow. Google the Abercont, LaMon or Enniskillen and then tell me you’d ever want to associate yourself with people who can do such things.

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