A Cog in the Machine / by Bryan West


Earlier this year there was a couple of illegal immigrants that were deported while their infant was undergoing life-or-death surgery in a Texas hospital. They were arrested during the procedure. It got me thinking about how heartless someone would have to be to do something like this. I'm sure each person involved saw themselves as simply doing their job. Bureaucracy and institutionalising is how the powers that be manipulate people into carrying out immoral acts. We are a country that has fundamentally racist law enforcement policies, and these laws are enforced by people who aren't necessarily racist. I say this not to absolve anyone of their crimes but to shed light on the system that corrupts us. It brings to mind the speech from Mario Savio:

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it — that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"