July 9, 2018: A twitter thread With minor edits to fix typos or phrasing that 280 characters made unclear. (2022 note: I use moms, women, and breastfeeding in this piece because the majority of existing legislation and proposed legislation is based on biological determinism and does not recognize non-binary and trans parents who have given birth. I see you, I recognize you, you are valuable.)
Trigger Warning: A thread on the commodification and conscription of women’s bodies. You’ve been warned. Exploring relationships between childbearing, work, coercive control, breast feeding, formula, gig economies, capitalist exploitation, colonialism and colonialist paternalism…
This is Free City. Look at this guy. He’s one of the sunglasses people. And the people who wear sunglasses? Are heroes. They have a devil-may-care attitude and they run this town. Bombshell:You are so hot. Revenjamin Buttons, dropping into driver’s seat: Oh, I know. See? That’s not even his car. Or his wife. For the sunglasses people, they get to do anything they want. They go on all sorts of missions, they got cool hair, cool clothes. I mean, laws aren’t really laws to them.They’re more like mild suggestions. Like, I don’t think he’s gonna return that car. Or that nice lady. See what I mean? Hero.
Thus begins Free Guy. 105 words of thesis statement.
A long thread on the primary alternative to the US model of policing, with some history, mostly for context. Long thread. References used at end. (And yes, there is synthesis here.)
The US police system is an independent evolution vs the rest of the Anglosphere. And a blighted evolution, since ours developed out of systems specifically intended to support racist institutions. The American system started with slave patrols. It’s fruit from a poisoned tree.