was just posting earlier today about how acting and professional sports have the same kind of dynamic: when we hear about the tremendous pay that top athletes and stars get, we forget that the tremendous majority of people in these jobs are making well below minimum wage.
A related fact which it doesn't highlight is that this also creates tremendous power differentials within each field, which gives senior people essentially unlimited license to misuse junior people. Quite a few fields suffer badly from this; one of the biggest reasons I left academia was the incredible toxicity of the environment. A good 50% of the senior faculty I knew could be described as active sadists - people who felt like one of the few perks of their job was the right and power to emotionally abuse people.
This particular article h/t , who is thankfully one of the other 50%.
It is clear that they see Trump as deeply representative of their priorities and likely to stand behind them no matter what. Unfortunately, this makes clear what their priorities are. Police unions have decided that their first and foremost principle is to protect individual officers from any form of accountability, up to and including for rape and murder; they apparently have also decided to include white supremacy in their formal charter.
If you combine this with other police union statements in the past few days - like the Miami union's saying that they will not provide police protection to the Dolphins football team until and unless the team forces its members to stand during the anthem - it has become painfully clear that police unions across the country have converged on a belief that any opposition to them, any suggestion that their power should be less than unlimited, is "anti-cop."
I have always been suspicious of the notion of public sector unions, but police unions have gone so far beyond any prospective worst case of how such a union could behave that their very existence has become unconscionable. The armed forces of a state must always be subordinate to civilian oversight - and a police union which can demand exemption from this, and threaten violence or public disorder (as Miami's just did, and as many others have) if it is not granted, is an enemy of democracy itself.
The same thing was true for my work with military robots.
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