Remember school? That awful place full of regulations for regulations sake, authority and rules? Where you could recognise the pseudo authority of prefects because they wore a badge? Noticed how many uniforms there are our there?
What IS a uniform? It's a costume worn by someone to denote some form of authority over those not wearing costumes. And everyone wants one. From private security guards to PCSOs to Community Wardens to Traffic Wardens to High Court judges. Anyone who represents "the State" can now be easily recognised and obeyed purely because they are wearing a costume.
Now you have to ask yourself the purpose of the costume? You could argue that it is a quick and easy way to recognise "those in authority". Nurses wear them for example to denote their position in a hospital. But they are only employees in a costume. They have no "authority" over you. They cannot force you to have an X ray. So why doesn't the boss of a hospital wear a uniform?
I can certainly understand why the armed forces wear a uniform. It quickly denotes rank and real authority over those who signed up to be part of the machine that is the military, but a Community Warden? I didn't sign anything that says I consent to be ruled over by a fat bloke in a costume in my community.
Let's look at the role of a Community Warden shall we?
Community wardens do not have any enforcement powers or authority (as we see here) and swear allegiance to no one.
- provide a reassuring conspicuous presence
- tackle anti-social behaviour
- act as 'eyes and ears' for other agencies
- promote community solidarity and assist and enable communities to solve local problems
What about a Police Community Support Officer?
Their primary purpose is to improve the community and offer greater public reassurance. In support of regular police officers they will work within a targeted patrol area to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence; work with partners and community organisations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime, environmental issues and other factors which affect the quality of peoples lives.
Here is your task for today, fellow seditionaries. Ask a "community warden" or a "PCSO" why they are wearing a uniform. They have no authority and no power. Mock their costumes. Laugh at them. Photograph them. Ask them their names. Get them to show you some ID. And tell them (shhh...quietly now) that you KNOW they are just dressing up in a silly costume to scare people. And they're getting paid to do it. By you.
From the comments. A Blockleiter
In Nazi Germany, a Blockleiter (block leader) was the lowest official of the NSDAP, responsible for the political supervision of a neighbourhood or city block and formed the link between the NSDAP and the general population. Also colloquially known as a Blockwart (block attendant or warden), he was charged with planning, spreading propaganda and developing an acceptance to the policies of the NSDAP among the households (typically 40 to 60) in his area.
It was also the duty of the Blockleiter to spy on the population and report any anti-Nazi activities to the local office. This was helped by keeping files on each household (Haushaltskarten). Due to such activities, Blockwarts were particularly disliked by the general population. Other duties included allocating beds in homes for visiting NSDAP demonstrators, the collection of subscriptions and charitable donations especially for Winterhilfe and organising the clearing of rubble after air-raids. It is thought that there were nearly half a million Blockleiter.
Today, Blockwart is a colloquial German insult word for a person who feels the motivation to keep people in line, esp. by reporting them to officials or pressing the enforcing of rules (esp. petty rules) upon people.