Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Kenya as a Police State

"You have the emergence in human society
of this thing that's called the State.
What is the State?
The State is this organized bureaucracy,
It is the police department.
It is the Army, the Navy.
It is the prison system, the courts, and what have you.
This is the State -- it is a repressive organization
But the state -- and gee, well, you know,
you've got to have the police, cause...
If there were no police, look at what you'd be doing to yourselves!
You'd be killing each other if there were no police!
But the reality is...
The police become necessary in human society
only at that junction in human society
where it is split between those who have and those who ain't got."
-Chairman Omali Yeshitela in Dead Prez's "Police State" (Let's Get Free, 200)

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