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Happy Fucking Thanksgiving

Give thanks today. What a wonderful "Land of the Free" we’ve created for ourselves.

Utah highway patrolman John Gardner tasers motorist Jared Massey over a speeding ticket dispute (in view of his wife). More details here. You’re welcome to draw your own conclusions, but to my mind, the hallmark of civilization — a polite, civilized society — is defined most by its general restraint on the use of force — it massively outweighs everything else.

The man perhaps broke the speed limit. He was perhaps verbally "abusive," obstinate and senselessly refused to sign the ticket (signing is simply acknowledging service of the citation). So? They’ve got his license, registration, know where he lives, and he’s presenting no threat to the patrolman or anyone in the world. If you accept that "speeding tickets" are a legitimate state function (be my guest), then surely these are something that can be handled peacefully and administratively. Thousands of people and businesses are served legal process every day of the year at home and work by private process servers and county sheriffs. So even if you insist that this ticket was necessary, why couldn’t it have proceeded peacefully and administratively? Whether you think that Trooper John Gardener was just seeking erotic stimulation from tasering a man in front of his woman, more generally just wants to assert his "authority," wanted to join the club amongst cops who’ve employed their tasers to tortured screams of agony, or some combination of all, it was simply wholly unnecessary. And it was unnecessary to the point that one must, if honest, question the big lie that we live in anything approaching a free land — a condition that must necessarily premise the proper conduct of affairs as being peaceful, mutually humble and respectful if "freedom" in a social context is to mean anything at all.

Celebrate your Thanksgiving however you will, but as for me, I’m only thankful that slaves are still able — even in America — to buy themselves a little freedom.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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