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Old 04-21-2009, 02:55 AM   #20
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Rising tide of hooligans and mass attacks

Ahmad Abas wrote:
It used to be that in the older america when you guys used to wear a hat, taking it off in the presence of a woman is considered gentlemanly. At that time, if one didn't do that, another gentleman would have told him to. Doors were open, standing up for them etc etc. Then gradually, common courtesies like those gradually died out. Either through embarrassment or nonchalance.

If someone litters no one speaks out anymore. If someone acts rude and talks dirty, no one tells them off. Its accepted by society. I believe, we start out accepting small things and as we go forward we start accepting bigger things. Now we try not to bat an eye when someone does really provocative stuff like harassing women or mugging someone.

In short, society either doesn't care about social ills or crime, and the criminals make short work of this. They really believe they can get away with it, they also believe that as the strong they have every right to the weak.

Law and justice is also similar. Our legal system doesn't enforce justice. It upholds the law. Laws that are tied to bureaucracy and loopholes that are constantly exploited. Time and time we see criminals are not prosecuted, or if they are, with sentences that does not befit the severity of the crime.
This was really the whole point I was making in my earlier post. This boils down to personal responsibility. As the government usurps rights and responsibilities the governed lose the ability to act as well as their incentive to act, on part of themselves or others.

Disarming citizens emboldens criminals. It allows them to attack with greater confidence, as Thomas Jefferson once said.

Police enforcement is not the best solution and can often lead down dangerous paths. Whether police-state measures can bring the people under control says basically nothing about the peoples' ability to control themselves. Once the balance of power shifts closer to equal, the brutality will be used against the police. We are seeing this in Mexico where drug cartels have proven to be more powerful than the police.

Also, it is a mistake to think that police have an incentive to prevent crime. If there was no crime there would be much less need for police. As a rule of thumb, government will not pursue a course which will create reasons for its reduction.

"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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