Shawn Gude at Jacobin discussesÂ The Bad Kind of Unionism:
“Itâ€™s easy to focus on the individual over the institution. Not a few police officers are drawn to the profession out of a desire to â€œserve the public.â€ Many genuinely want to serve, and take great pride in their chosen occupation. Police donâ€™t have to enjoy breaking up protests; they donâ€™t have to be racists or hate homeless people. But once they decide to do their jobs, institutional exigencies overwhelm personal volition. When thereâ€™s mass resistance to poverty and inequality, itâ€™s the cops who are summoned to calm the panic-stricken hearts of the elite. They bash some heads, or infiltrate and disrupt some activist groups, and all is right in the world again.
Such is the inherent defect of law-enforcement unionism: Itâ€™s peopled by those with a material interest in maintaining and enlarging the stateâ€™s most indefensible practices.”