Bureaucracies always benefit from political hysterias. A big one today is that police forces are being infiltrated by white supremacists. Pursuing this bogeyman will fill bureaucratic coffers, while public security services get worse and more expensive.
It’s a cliche now that big government never lets a crisis go to waste, but the same dynamic often holds at the bureaucratic level with regard to public manias. These crises and manias are not uncommonly caused by the very institutions claiming to be the only ones capable of solving the matter.
White supremacist infiltration of police forces is one of the latest national hysterias. There’s almost no evidence to show it’s happening at all, but the media, political leaders, and their bureaucratic allies keep stoking up the general accusations, especially following the January 6 US Capitol protest and riot.
Facts that disprove this myth are easily outweighed by bureaucrats’ sense of opportunity to garner more taxpayer money and prestige if they pretend it is a systemic problem.
This then foments resentment among people, particularly white people but also anyone predisposed to skepticism of race-baiting. White folks who too loudly voice their opposition to these witch hunts can be more easily labeled white supremacists.
Could that be the whole point of fear mongering campaigns like this one? To create a self-fulfilling prophecy? Perhaps what’s a more likely explanation is that spawning hobgoblins can serve as a distraction from real issues that can potentially threaten the bureaucracy’s power.
Again, there is almost no evidence to support any claim of white supremacists infiltrating the police.
Earlier this month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report entitled “Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021.”
In it, the only mention of law enforcement was that they, along with government personnel and facilities, are typical targets of militia violent extremists. The report also assessed the threats posed by racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, but there was no mention of them attempting to take over police departments or even get a job in one.
Going back to October 2006, an FBI intelligence assessment titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement” found “little corroborated reporting on current strategic attempts by white supremacist groups to infiltrate law enforcement communities.”
The FBI gave itself an out, however, saying, “the possibility that infiltration has gone undetected is of great concern.”
Apparently, anything’s possible it seems if it warrants a budget increase. Join the discussion here.
What about the protest and riot at the US Capitol though? That must’ve revealed some hidden ties of white power extremism and the police. Let’s glance at the numbers there.
Of those 324 arrested in connection to January 6, USA Today found four off-duty police officers and three former officers. That’s two percent of all those arrested. And those officers’ “ties” to white supremacy? USA Today didn’t say, despite its article running under the headline: “‘A nightmare scenario’: Extremists in police ranks spark growing concern after Capitol riot.”
A “scenario”…sparks growing concern. This is not real news. It’s fake, or if that’s too disrespectful to the pride of journalists, call it incendiary. The sub-headline partially read: “Now, charges against officers in the Capitol riot inflame fears of extremists infiltrating law.”
Fears are certainly being inflamed. But is it the charges against officers doing that?
USA Today reports that two of the off-duty officers were subsequently fired after their social media posts were liberally interpreted to be pro-insurrection. Another officer resigned, and the fourth one was suspended without pay.
Supposedly the white supremacism connection is that these officers marched alongside members of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, groups which by some number of degrees are related to white supremacists. It’s a fool’s errand trying to pin down this gelatinous allegation, but most readers will assume the connection to be real and substantial, because why else would it be getting so much media attention?
What’s getting less media and political attention is the national murder rate in 2020 representing the biggest one-year increase in history, adding 20,000 more murders than in 2019, according to FBI statistics.
Obviously, there is a national policing problem. There are many policing problems. They are more tied to bureaucratism than supremacism, however. Bureaucratic supremacists are infiltrating the institutions of law and order!
The problem with government bureaucracy is its inability to precisely account for how best to deliver the goods to its consumers. In the case of policing, federal politicians and bureaucrats skew the priorities for local police, directing them to combat the War on Drugs and other such schemes.
There is no profit-loss mechanism at work with police today. The best short to medium term goal would be to localize and maximize the local community’s power as opposed to the state or federal bureaucracies.
They have proven themselves unfit to serve, and as Ludwig von Mises put it, “he who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.”
Long term goals are just as important though, and in the case of policing, they may carry just as much urgency. The total demonopolization of police must take place as soon as feasible. The infringements on individuals and their communities to organize for security as they see fit must be eliminated.
Only then will the problems of costs, lack of responsiveness, brutality, and other deficiencies be handily dealt with. The fear mongers will gin up anything they can to prevent even an inclination toward this solution, but if enough people in one area can overcome them, then these bugaboo stories might finally stop having their intended effect.
By Nick Hankoff
Tge left incessantly beats the drum of white nationalists white supremacists and racial injustice. The constant barrage of victimization by whites over their black victims is only a distraction from their leftist agenda. Shaming every white American does not lift up or improve the lives of black Americans. It only serves to inflame and divide citizens of all races. For any American of any race to feel they have more in common with the elitist left political system than with their racial counterparts is delusional. We as citizens should be united in making life in America more peaceful and equitable. This can never come to pass while the leftist electorate foments dissent and hatred between the races of American citizenry. You better believe this is entirely the point of race baiting in American politics. Divide and conquer is not a new concept in a democratic society. In fact it’s the bread and butter of American politics. If ever the common masses in America awaken and see this reality all political forces would face peril for their sickening actions that have real world consequences. Shameful and disgusting are those who would seek to destroy anyone by any means only to garner wealth and power. Wake up America and stand in solidarity against the evils of race baiting and division. It only serves to perpetuate the power for those who wield power.
If a few so-called “white supremacists” are working as police officers, the number PALES in comparison to FORMER “law enforcement” agencies (the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, the NSA, et al) that are now fully controlled by Communist Revolutionary thugs, who stand in defiant solidarity with their guerrilla street warriors, ANTIFA, BLM, and other subversive, tyrannical despot wanna-be’s.
Most departments now have to take what they have to chose from. Years ago you could not have smoked weed in the last year if you wanted to be hired. A couple of years later as long as you had not used cocaine in the last year you could be hired. They kept lowering the standards and qualification because they were not getting the minorities they wanted ands needed due to the PC crowd. This is what you get with PC.
Country was founded and did well for over 250 years on law and order. Due to 7% of the 13% being the most prisoners by population again the PC crowd started. Lowering our standards and qualifications to please the PC crowd has led to the US being in the mess it is today. Having a president stating on live television that he extorted Ukraine and him still getting elected is an example. This country needs the blessing of the almighty if we are to continue as the shining light for the rest of the planet.
I’m waiting for the next article on “Does the US military have a black gang problem?” which is probably more of an issue then this alleged “white supreme” problem.