When it comes to anti-police organizations they generally fall into two groups. The first is usually the “Free Mumia” crowd. These folks don’t have much money, influence or significance.
The second group is a very credible threat to the traditional public safety model and the livelihood of cops across America. Cop Block is a relatively new kid on the block in terms of the organizations that raise money, influence politicians and feed the public all kinds of misinformation.
Cop Block is a libertarian outfit financed in part by the same billionaires that would like to end government as we know it. The Koch brothers have their manicured fingers in a lot of pies and this Cop Block group is just one of their propaganda machines. Sadly there are a lot of police officers that find themselves aligned ideologically with their libertarian enemies because both groups are typically extremely conservative.
Here’s the Koch Bros. m.o. They groom young guys to run their “grass roots” messaging/propaganda machinery so it has the appearance of a legitimate organization. Here is their flunky that runs Cop Block’s bio info from the CB website:
Pete Eyre Location: New Hampshire
I went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement but fortunately I became involved with the liberty movement, first as an intern at the Cato Institute, then as a Koch Fellow, and later as an employee at the Institute for Humane Studies and the then-principled Bureaucrash before going on the road with the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour.
I’m involved with Cop Block because it’s mission – showcasing that those with a piece of metal pinned to their chest do not have extra rights – aligns with my belief in natural rights. I’m excited to leverage that perspective through the tools at our disposal – cameras, video hosting sites and networks of principled activists – to help others question the Statist Quo.
If you want to check out some back and forth here is Cop Block’s twitter feed.
Here’s a link to the copblock website.
One of the more serious challenges for law enforcement professionals and the associations and unions that represent their interests is maintaining awareness of threats to the profession regardless of which side of the political spectrum they’re coming from.
The good news is that Twitter, for the time being, is open-source. That means there’s no censorship. In the Cop Block Twitter feed from the link you can see that convincing Americans that cops are largely useless thugs with undeserved and enormous paychecks and pensions is a tough sell.
That’s mainly because it’s such a load of crap but as anyone paying attention to what’s what in our culture right now can tell you that people will believe anything these days if it fits their agenda.
Don’t like taxes? Blame the cops. Got arrested for DUI? That’s “big government” denying free men “liberty.” Want to dump PCBs into the river instead of paying to have the toxins treated and destroyed? That’s the communist environmental police officer working in cahoots with the jack-booted thugs at the EPA.
So remember always to consider the source when attacks on police officers and their interests emerge.
And unless you’re a hard-core libertarian, which means you probably would not rather work for a government agency (even local government) it might be a good idea to get after this Pete Eyre clown on twitter.
As a famous dictator once said, “The bigger the lie the more people will believe it.”
It’s up to us to set the record straight- and it doesn’t matter if you’re a dyed in the wool libertarian or a socialist. An attack on cops and the traditional public safety mission has to be addressed. Otherwise we run the risk of letting the terms of the debate getting set by the enemy before we even start talking.