Recent revelations show that at least 140 English and Welsh ‘spycops’, long-term undercover agents, infiltrated around 120 dissident political organisations between 1968 and 2011 - the vast majority of the these being organisations on the left. But why does the state infiltrate political organisations? And why does it disproportionately target those on the left, as opposed to the right? In this article Connor Woodman looks at the history of the British secret state and the role it plays in the maintenance of capitalism.
When, if ever, is it justified for the state to surveil, infiltrate and repress political movements? Connor Woodman replies to Alex Vitale's The End of Policing, and argues for an abolitionist perspective on political policing