In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.
In the span of just over a week, two prominent proponents of Broken Windows theory, the policing strategy that cracks down on low-level infractions, backtracked on the role of the theory in lowering crime across New York city and suggested the theory was 'oversold'.
With the rapid militarization of America's police, an experience once reserved for those in ghettos is now available to anyone caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in cities, suburbs, and rural areas across the country.
The pit bull was motionless in the middle lane of the parkway. One officer stayed in the car and maneuvered the car to keep their partner safe from traffic while walking towards the dog.
Despite the bleak portrait painted by the news these days of civil tension and racial clashes, we can actually take heart in the emerging signs of continuing progress heralded by this evidence of our culture's rising standards. Do we have ways to go? Sure. But, though it may not feel like it, the path to progress is indeed being traveled.
The right of free speech the NYPD are angry about when it comes to the demonstrators is precisely the same right of free speech they're using to harass de Blasio. And it's that same ideal of free speech, no matter how noxious it might seem, for which those police in Paris died last week.
Singling out American Muslims for blanket surveillance does not make our nation safer. Spying based on race, ethnicity or religion has failed to identify criminal activity while undermining the very trust between American Muslims and law enforcement that is needed to fight real threats.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, America needs to recognize and acknowledge just how critical the police is to our safety and national security, and how urgent it is to restore the relationship between society and the police before it deteriorates further.
In a democracy, the people choose their leaders, and those leaders write laws and set policies. Right now in New York City, unelected, unaccountable individuals are making those policies and ignoring the authority of those whom we, the people, elected.
The contours of the next year or two are already taking shape: with McConnell claiming credit for soaring economy yet Graham blaming Obama for Charlie Hebdo, JAlter and RChristie discuss if this will this be Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc period? Then, like a movie season of only sequels, will '16 be dominated by Jeb & Mitt (and Her)?
The news media has been hard at work tracking down the handful of protesters and others who did or even wrote something violent in order to stereotype the entire Black Lives Matter movement as violent. And when there isn't something, the news media has resorted to doctoring footage.
The change we are asking for will inevitably happen. The only question is when. And for that we turn to you. Governor Cuomo, the floor is yours.
The legacy of "broken windows" looms large in our society. The implication that cops stand between us and chaos isn't only a Bratton talking point -- people believe it.
The police force has to act in function of our democracy. The uncooked actions of the police officers constituted an assault on that democracy.
Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, teaches respect for life and affirms the dignity of each human being. This core teaching can help daily police-community encounters, even when police must do the difficult job of apprehending criminals.
The death of another human being should never have to become political before it has even had the chance to be personal, but for Black people across the United States, our mere survival is political.