Quote by William S. Burroughs
A functioning police state needs no police.
This quote suggests that in a society where the government has authoritarian control and surveillance, there might not be a need for a traditional police force since the state already has extensive powers to monitor and control its citizens. It implies that a fully functional police state suppresses opposition and dissent to such an extent that there is no need for law enforcement agencies as the state can effectively maintain control through its own mechanisms.
Quick dinner with ... Ang [Lee] and his wife Jane who's visiting with the children for a while. We talked about her work as a microbiologist and the behaviour of the epithingalingie under the influence of cholesterol. She's fascinated by cholesterol. Says it's very beautiful: bright yellow. She says Ang is wholly uninterested. He has no idea what she does.I check this out for myself. 'What does Jane do?' I ask.'Science,' he says vaguely.