In the comments, Andy says that cops are not necessarily our friends:
And by the way, just because someone follows a k-strategy, that doesn’t make him similar to you or your ally of some sort. if a wolf pack shows up in the territory of another wolf pack, in the end of the day there will be just one wolf pack left. This is a match between armed and aggressive groups and to think the cops gona be buddy-buddy with ya just because you categorize them similar to you doesn’t mean shit for them. They are here to enforce the will of their pension payers.
This is a difference I note between psychologies. For some people, the very act of being opposed to someone is triggering, to the point of triggering hatred and disgust for who their opponent is as a person. For others, they can fight an enemy to the death without ever needing to demonize them. I think this is rooted in some people having a past of aggressive, if not violent competition among friends, conditioning the ability to separate competitiveness from hate, and others only having competed against enemies.
People say the Russians are not our friends, and so Trump should treat Putin as an enemy at all times. I get that the Russians are not our friends. We are nations competing against each other. But I respect Putin, and probably could get along with him quite well, even as we are likely to end up locked in competition in the international arena. I’ve known guys like Putin and I liked them immensely. That Putin and I are in a competition of some sort, as an American and Russian, doesn’t change who he is as a person. Trump seems to innately tend toward this type of worldview, where he competes fiercely but doesn’t hate.
Likewise I have had close friends who I have trained with in Martial Arts. When we were on the mat, we tried to destroy each other. I’ve had dislocated joints and broken bones that I got from friends, and I have given them broken bones. Injuries were always an accident of course, but it is a measure of how hard we fought, and how hard we tried to beat each other. After the fights, we would congratulate each other on any particularly sharp moves that caught us, and then head out together to a bar to enjoy each other’s company and have some laughs. If there was an injury, we apologized profusely, and we all understood it was a part of the game. It wasn’t personal, and what happened on the mat was not in any way related to what happened off the mat.
Now because of that experience, if I were in the military today in a war with another nation I would do whatever I had to, to kill the guys on the other side. But that doesn’t mean I’d hate them, or view them as worthy of killing in any context outside the necessity of the battlefield. I think it was Jeff Cooper who I remember saying one of the greatest ironies he always saw in war was that the guy you were trying to kill was probably the very guy you would have wanted to see date your sister.
So bringing it around to Law Enforcement and the Military, those of us on the outside of the US government machine may very well end up in conflict with them at some point. I am not entirely sure the US government hasn’t already been overthrown, and occupied covertly by some hidden force at the top which even most of the lower level rank and file enforcement guys don’t know about – and which at some point will openly initiate an overt dictatorship and clamp down on everyone outside the government. And if it did, I am not sure you could expect a K-strategist in government to sacrifice their family’s safety and effectively their children’s lives to oppose that.
These conflicts happen during periods of turmoil, such as we have coming. But one thing I want to see come from r/K is a recognition that K’s share something, even across hostile lines. Most of the turmoils where K’s end up faced off against each other arise from K’s not recognizing the differences between themselves and the r’s in their midst who are often giving them orders, and not recognizing the shared similarities between themselves and the K’s on the other side who they are being told to kill.
My ideal goal would be to see all K’s turn on and eradicate all r’s, and end up in a world where we could all compete freely based on merit, respectfully accepting of outcomes, while recognizing the game, and that none of it is personal.
But as far as cops being the enemy these days, that is just silly. 99% of the populace can call the cops with just about any reasonable issue, and the police will come out and immediately do whatever it takes to try and fix it. They aren’t doing that because they are cravenly serving their own purposes. They are doing it be3casue they signed on to help others in their community.
And in the 1% of the cases where they can’t rectify the situation, my suspicion is, it isn’t because they don’t want to, it is just a reality of the environment for the time being.