Would you dial
up a known criminal, like a murderer or rapist, to come help you
after you've been the victim of a crime? No? Then why in the
world would you call the police after you've been assaulted,
robbed or otherwise violated?
do not consider their job to protect you. They used to at least
pay lip service to "keeping the peace", but nowadays in the USSA
it is clear their job is to enforce the law. In
fasco-communist America, the law stopped being about your protection
decades ago. The law is about the expansion of state power and control.
That's why there are so many of them, with more coming all the
There are literally
thousands upon thousands of reasons in the Federal Code for the
police to arrest you. That's the very essence of a police state.
Everything is literally a crime. As Lao Tsu said in the 6th
century, BC: "The more artificial taboos and restrictions there
are in the world, the more the people are impoverished...The more
that laws and regulations are given prominence, the more thieves
and robbers there will be..."
In an environment
like this, police cannot merely be keepers of the peace. They must
be enforcers of the law. And enforcers use force, of course
intimidation and sudden and shocking violence in order to make you
obey. And compliance is exactly what the police expect. They long
ago stopped being "public servants" and became more akin to plantation
overseers. Rapper and philosopher KRS One pointed out the similarities
in his track, "Sound of da Police":
overseer rode around the plantation The
officer is off patrolling all the nation The
overseer could stop you what you're doing The
officer will pull you over just when he's pursuing The
overseer had the right to get ill And
if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill The
officer has the right to arrest And
if you fight back they put a hole in your chest!"
most egregious example of this switch from protection to abuse is
the so-called War on Drugs. The heightened prosecution of drug use
(which was entirely legal a century ago in the US and in fact widely
used in many products) has been right at the heart of the state's
increased monitoring and intrusion into personal life.
Do you want
protection from theft and physical aggression? Or do you want "law
enforcement"? Law enforcement is what allows the police to bust
down your door and arrest you on suspicion that you may be using
a plant that the state doesn't like. Protection from theft and
physical aggression is something that could be much better provided
by free market transactions. You could simply buy yourself an alarm
system or weapon. Or you could pay for bodyguards and remote 'round-the-clock
monitoring and dispatch from a firm who will send people to actually
help you and not gun you down. These people would also never bust
down your door, kill your pets and hold automatic weapons to the
heads of your children on suspicion that you might own plants that
some politicians and voters don't like. In every way, the private
market protection option seems much better than the public option.
THE COPS AT YOUR OWN RISK
grandmother recently learned the hard way of the dangers of calling
the police. Debra Towler of Altavista, Virginia, called 9-1-1 and
hung up without making a report. This triggered an automatic officer
dispatch to her home. The police claim to have heard gunshots from
inside Mrs. Towler's home. But even if that's true
and police regularly lie to cover up their mistakes odds
are that Mrs. Towler fired those shots for the same reason she called
the police: she thought her home was being invaded. That would explain
why she ran out the back door to her sister's house when officers
tried to get in the front door. It would also explain why this church-going
octogenarian wouldn't drop her gun when the police started barking
orders at her from afar. They responded by gunning her down.
would have been alive if she'd simply defended herself instead
of calling the publicly funded police. If there really had been
intruders, she probably frightened them off by being armed. In any
case the police would not have arrived in time to save her from
being robbed or assaulted. All the police can do is show up to ask
a few questions and interrogate the victim or some witnesses in
case the victim is dead. Sometimes, apparently, the police themselves
cause the victims death.
If just one
private protection company did this one time, the typical statist
would be calling for that company to be shut down with the murderers
jailed. Yet when the publicly funded police botch things up this
badly, the typical person finds a reason to blame the victim. A
free market protection company perhaps provided by the same
company that insured Mrs. Towler's home would have treated
Mrs. Towler like a customer whose harm they are paid to prevent.
The publicly funded police force is under no such pressure to provide
customer service. Their priorities are to enforce whatever nonsense
laws are on the books and to use whatever lethal violence they deem
necessary to keep themselves out of harm's way.
Why do people
put up with a monopolistic police force? Think about it. You are
forced to pay (with taxes) for police who aggress against you for
personal behavior that's not anybody else's business.
police cannot stop a criminal from harming you or from stealing
your property. They can only show up to "investigate" the crime
after it's been committed. The only way police can be truly
proactive is when it comes to enforcing intrusive laws about personal
behavior that doesn't harm anyone else, like driving faster
than the ridiculously low posted speed limits, or not wearing a
seat belt or bicycle helmet, or using plants that politicians and
your neighbors don't like.
NOT NOR WILL EVER CALL THE PUBLIC POLICE
In my 41 years
I have never once called the government (9-1-1) for any type of
emergency. I've always instinctively known it was immoral and, in
most cases, useless. Here in Mexico no one would ever consider calling
the cops for anything they know what the Americans are now
learning. Here, the police are far more like tipsy Barney Fifes
than they are like robocops.
A month ago
my wife called. She was with our $10-a-day bodyguard, but he didn't
have his pistol on him that day and she said three very large men
were following her in Walmart. I told her to go to the very back
of the store and tell some staff what was happening and wait for
I arrived in
less than 5 minutes on my scooter with my gun and sprinted to the
back of the store. I saw my wife and bodyguard safely standing there
and was relieved. We then went to the kitchen area of the store
and got both my wife and my bodyguard some sharp butcher knives.
We then went through the checkout and cautiously exited the store,
with everyone well-armed (not to mention my bodyguard is a professional
boxer and my wife takes kickboxing and Kung Fu lessons each week
and is a powerlifter and I'm a former amateur boxer).
By that point
the three men had left. Whether it was a real threat or not is anyone's
guess. But this form of self-protection beats government protection
any day. Not only was my response time certainly faster, and my
"skin in the game" meant I'd fight anyone to the death to protect
my wife, whereas government police will almost always choose their
own safety over yours. But a really interesting thing happens when
you stand up for yourself and don't depend on others for your protection.
It feels great.
regret making the call," says the caller, "I should have let him
sleep." I believe a lot more Americans are going to be expressing
similar sentiments in coming years. They will learn the hard way
that calling the cops is most likely to make a bad situation worse.
Your average person in the USSA still probably labors under the
illusion that the police are actually there to help them, and that
the public police option actually is superior to the customer-service
based private options. That's a very dangerous illusion. In
fact, it could easily cost you your life. Just ask Mrs. Towler.
If you're stuck in the dangerous USSA police state, then TDV
Homegrown can help you understand how to survive unscathed.
Rule #1: Never
call the cops. Just like with health, prevention is a far best treatment
for criminal acts. Check out TDV
Homegrown for more details. (If you have the option of getting
free of the USSA police state entirely, then try out a TDV
Weekly Basic subscription for some great insights on expatriating.)
EVEN TALK TO THE POLICE
cannot help one bit once the crime is committed. They are unlikely
to figure out who committed the crime. And they care more about
somebody getting convicted for the crime than they are about the
right person getting convicted for the crime. Police will lie in
court. They don't care about finding the culprit. They just
want a conviction. And any patsy will do. So don't talk to them.
Ever. They will happily see innocents carted off to jail as long
as they get to look like they're doing their jobs.
own safety is far more important to them than your safety. After
all, they are the sacred praetorian
class, defenders of the law and the lawmakers, while you're
just a subject who is forced at gunpoint to pay for their salaries.
You'd be far better off being a voluntarily paying customer.
Berwick [send him mail]
is an anarcho-capitalist freedom fighter and Chief Editor of the
libertarian, Austrian economics grounded newsletter, The
Dollar Vigilante. The Dollar Vigilante focuses on strategies,
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