There’s talk about vigilante justice and the error of bad blood and the slippery slope. It is said it sets a precedent and people will continue to take the law into their own hands, as if this won’t happen with official state violence and punishments. The police state has done many disastrous things that we are seeing more clearly now and that sets a precedent too. Has it become acceptable for an officer to shoot unarmed black men and boys for fear for their lives? Does any protest automatically deserve riot gear and mass arrests? Why is it that official violence and dismissal of rights is given exemption and defended as the travails of serving the people? Why do we venerate and excuse the amorphous blob of state power and institutional judgement? If taking matters into your own hands and seeking real justice is banned for fear of turbulent futures and antagonisms then surely this syllogism and logic must be appended to law enforcement and the judicial system.
Inaction and dead men and women sets a horrible precedent that echoes its wails long into the future. We should be taking to heart what is developing in recent times as a negative shift in the dissolution of justice and fairness. We bestow power on flawed creatures and give license to corruption easily courted. We solidify laws, regulations, money-wrapped legislation teeming with lobbyist crud, making newer generations play catch up to a freedom to roam in a locked in state world. Less freedom, more choices. The main narrative is blasted along with various opinion and ideology in a blare of sounds. We believe we have fair say, freedom of speech, but the narrative remains, the powerful exert their will on a busy society. The conceptions of law and order, justice, behavioural modification, punishment, are dangling from the past and the workload to update them is a grind to say the least. Unfortunately many of the older generations still cling to this notion of the safety conundrum, the security blanket that has become synonymous with law enforcement and government. New blood falls prey to this logical fallacy as well and we seem to be unable to vanquish this absurd idea and create a transformative legal system actually built on fairness. Money should not be a bargaining chip, greed should not trump truth, justice does not need contact lenses.
And what do we rely on? We can’t exactly rely on ourselves, the “system,” the jurisprudence of a combative and competitive civilization. We are clothed in fallibility and susceptible to coercion, an emperor with no clothes, mute maidens confronting Rumplestilskin. What exactly is law and order in a subjective world? The ever-growing list of mores and rules legislate us into bureaucratic oblivion, we hunger for the limitation of crime and punishment to settle our frames of the box world, Raskolnikovs perturbed by the world’s actions. Ideologies and conventions have no true answer just guesswork compiled on top of each other, religions sputter declarations of tribalism, rooted in the possibly good intentions of sage brutes, international bodies are a joke with the same punchlines. Something new must come along and we can hitch our ride to it. Some kind of careful, moderated revolution that steadily seeps into the collective conscious; modernity for a new century.
Now there is the question of good as has always been the case, but now we modify our notions based on a new understanding of people’s wants, their desire to be seen and treated in their own way. Transgenders, asexuals, queer anarchists, neoliberal hippies. We have a conglomerate of needs and an objective to be subjective, to make the world a bed of snowflakes each unique within the storm. Why should we not do this little social dance, does it take much time to respect an identity? Does identity politics need subversion, aversion, conversion? Let the human, Dasein, hold his own reflection and speak his own truth into the heart of a turning world. We are better than our worst nature.