In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.

Category: Legal, Video, War/Defense

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5 Responses to “John Oliver on Police Militarization”

  1. Arequipa01 says:

    A few years, I made comments here on Mr. Ritholtz´s blog which referenced the work of Deleuze and Guattari, two French theorists, specifically their chapter on the War Machine. I recommend the book it appears in, A Thousand Plateaus. A bit dense.
    When empires decline and they can no longer project their war machines outward, the war machine, which is exterior to the State, reverts back on the State (and the nation). What the US Federal Govt is trying to do is deflect the war machine and direct it toward the most vulnerable parts of the population. The stage we are seeing is prior to an attempt at internal conquest. The degradation of moral standards and the exaltation of sociopathy and psychopathy were two of the necessary conditions for this process to initiate. Is this process being guided or there some who are there for the ride? I don’t know, probably both.

  2. Expat says:

    I am curious to know what average Americans think of this video (I seriously doubt any average Americans read this blog or would watch this video if they did). Speaking as an expatriate who has lived outside of the US for 25 years, I can tell you that most foreigners agree wholeheartedly with John Oliver and would probably also agree that Ferguson’s police force is an analogy to American foreign policy.

  3. yon’ QOTD:

    “Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It is to see my dividends coming in.”

    -John D. Rockefeller

    on the other side of the Coin: maybe We are choosing (allowing) to Incent the wrong thing(s)?