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The KFS Secret Police Worldview

Introductory lecture to the new class of officer cadets at KFS Secret
Police Uniformed Field Agent Officer Training Course (UFAOTC)

“Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the beginning of the ‘shakeout’ process. This is where we give you your chance to back out. Most of you are straight out of the university and may not realize quite what you’ve signed up for. So…if you discover that you were wrong in thinking that the Secret Police was your vocation…
well that’s not a problem. It’s not for everyone. It involves heavy burdens – ones that not everyone can handle. We’re glad you found out NOW rather than in the field.

Please feel free to quit at any time. No criticism, no blowback, no penalties. You can leave whenever you wish.”

“Has that got everybody thinking? I hope so.”

“Let me begin by reading a small quote from a 20th Century gentleman who – at one time – had a profession that was not so very different from our Uniformed Field Agents. Like them he had to maintain civilization among the primitive…

“In a job like that you see the dirty work of Empire at close quarters. The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos. All these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt. But I could get nothing into perspective. I was young and ill-educated and I had had to think out my problems in the utter silence that is imposed on every Englishman in the East. All I knew was that I was stuck between my hatred of the empire I served and my rage against the evil-spirited little beasts who tried to make my job impossible.”

“Anyone? That was written by an ex-policeman named Eric Blair. Probably better known to some of you as George Orwell.”

“Ah! Good! Some of you know the name. Probably from those ‘samizdat’ copies of Animal Farm and 1984 that still circulate. Don’t worry… no-one’s going to get punished for having read Orwell. We WANT you to be well-informed. You’ll be exposed to more of his writing in the course. However… we will train you in maintaining a better poker face.”

“Mister Blair is perhaps an extreme case – he later became a committed Socialist. But… as you will all discover… this job is a stressful one. It marks us all. Some come to enjoy it, some develop coping mechanisms, but some people find that they react as young Eric Blair did. In the past, some have even defected to the Underground or those Morrow Project lunatics.”

Obviously, we don’t want to induce mental illness in our Field Agents and we don’t want to deal with all the resultant complications. So… if you have ANY problems dealing with this… we’re encouraging you to think about them and deal with them NOW rather than in the field. AND as everyone will keep repeating to you. You can drop out at any time.”

“There are no quotas. I don’t have to graduate ANY of you.”

“To continue… an even older writer – about 70 years older. He’s referring to the earliest beginning of Blair’s empire. No alias this time. Let’s see if some of you recognize the writing style.”

” The question, therefore, is not whether the English had a right to conquer India, but whether we are to prefer India conquered by the Turk, by the Persian, by the Russian, to India conquered by the Briton. England has to fulfill a double mission in India: one destructive, the other regenerating…”

“Anyone? No.. Oh well. It’s not his best-known work. That was Karl Marx. He was writing as Foreign Correspondent for an American newspaper, the New-York Daily Tribune, to be precise.”

“Marx didn’t like empire – but he saw it as a necessary step on the road to progress. In Marx’s view, England should first destroy the sort of vegetative, primitive, superstitious society that over-values stability … then build networks. Rail networks, telegraph networks, road networks, trade networks.”

“Does this sound familiar? Some would say it’s why the Kentucky Free State has a duty to expand and develop the continent. Perhaps… but it’s also why you and I have a sacred duty to defend what the KFS has created and preserved. Who else would be able to perform that duty?”

“But hopefully I’ve given you something to think about. You can do it during our film presentation. Again it’s a period piece, made in 1978, called simply WALKER. We’ll be discussing issues in the film afterwards. I want to see how you people react to it.”

“Hit the lights, please. Get ready to see a very… interesting… movie.”

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