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On the Police


In this section of our web site we will repost a variety of documents produced by Revolutionary Regroupment's political predecessors, concentrating on the post-WW 2 period of the Trotskyist movement. While we seek to continue the work and build on the contributions of those who came before us, we do not dogmatically defend past mistakes that may inevitably have been committed. Therefore our posting these documents reflects broad agreement, not an uncritical adherence to every secondary argument and formulation. For a fuller documentation see the Marxists Internet Archive ( and material published on the web site of the International Bolshevik Tendency ( before our break with them on 9/25/08.  



"‘The fact that the police was originally recruited in large numbers from among Social Democratic workers is absolutely meaningless. Consciousness is determined by environment even in this instance. The worker who becomes a policeman in the service of the capitalist state, is a bourgeois cop, not a worker."

Leon Trotsky  (1932)


Added 11/15/10; Milwalkees Brand of Socialism: Socialism in One City by James Boulton. First printed in Fourth International, December 1940.


Added 11/25/10; THE STRIKEBREAKERS GO ON STRIKE...POLICE MILITANCY vs. LABOR First printed in Workers' Action #8, April-May 1971.


Added 11/25/10; LA: Days of Rage Supplement to 1917, May 1992


Added 11/25/10; Cops, Crime & Capitalism First printed as 1917 West #2,October 1992.