History repeats itself. This is a fact; a natural state of man.
The militarization of police goes beyond 1965 and the Watts riots. Indeed, it begins even before the Third Amendment, passed in response to the British occupation of "American" individuals. It even goes beyond our borders: found in the history of China, Russia, Germany, and Egypt (among others). Police militarization is a concrete part of world history and continues today.
So, what do I do in my current "nihilistic" state? (Wow, I didn't even need spell check for that one). This blog post is one thing. I suppose I could email my Congressional representative (whoever that is). Or I could put my frustration into 140 characters on Twitter. But will it do anything? Will it cause people (whether directly or indirectly) to see the "truth"? Specifically, that police militarization, combined with the War on Drugs, is devastating the property rights of hundreds of thousands of people in the United States? More importantly, its consequences are leading to the deaths of hundreds of Americans every year?
But the War on Drugs has been going on for almost three decades; the use of SWAT teams even longer. Indeed, this event in Ferguson isn't even new to the city:
Now, the optimist in me looks to the possibility of the termination of the War on Drugs. Specifically, the end of cannabis prohibition throughout the nation. However, the equally powerful pessimist (or realist) in me reminds me that the State still controls the use and possession of marijuana through various taxes and licensing schemes. And that won't end. It can't. Too many people respect these core ideas; too many individuals and groups have an interest in preventing the abolition of these ideas.
I understand that this blog post seems to repeat my previous blog post regarding Ferguson. However, there is something new here: I'm done; I've moved on. There are hundreds - thousands - of other issues that impact us just as much as this one event in Ferguson. Some possibly more important.
I haven't given up; I'm not waiving the white flag of surrender. Instead, I will continue to educate myself. To think critically about what I see and hear. I will continue to respectfully spread the message of liberty to friends and family. Most importantly, I will continue my quest to answer the question that has yet to be solved: how do we get people to think critically? It may be a lofty, unrealistic goal. But my optimistic side, for once, has the better of me.