More Police Socialism
Reason and Jest
by Scott Lazarowitz: Dismantle
the Totalitarian Monster and Take Control Over Your Own Lives
and Market, contains a section that promotes a free-market
in defense and is republished on LRC, titled, No
More Military Socialism.
I’m no Murray
Rothbard of course, but I would like to submit a variation on that
theme: No More Police Socialism. It is increasingly frustrating
that our society continues to support such a scheme, despite its
incompetence, its criminality and its horrors.
As I have stated
here several times now, there really is no legitimate need to allow
a government to monopolize community policing and security.
For those who
want a thorough overview of what police socialism is, please check
out this terrific article
by Anthony Gregory.
But my article
here is not intended to provide economic differences between police
socialism and free markets, just to present a general case for abolishing
the self-serving government police monopoly.
So the way
I see it, theoretically, police or "law enforcement" socialism
is when government bureaucrats possess the ownership of the means
of production and provision of community policing and security while
outlawing (at least implicitly) any competing agencies to do the
But a more
honest assessment of police socialism is this: The people of a community
already possess or could possess the means of providing their own
security themselves. Those interested in doing so already have the
natural right to establish private policing firms or voluntary groups
and have a right to possess whatever armaments they wish to carry
out such endeavors.
But in the
current situation of police socialism, government bureaucrats have
stolen from the people their ability to provide their own security,
by making such attempts artificially unlawful and through disarmament
schemes weakening the people’s abilities to physically defend and
protect themselves when their lives and property are threatened.
bureaucrats have usurped and forcibly monopolized the means of production
in security provision at the people’s expense. That, in a nutshell,
is what police socialism is.
So what do
these bureaucrats and monopolists do with their monopoly power,
enforce the law?
enforce the thousands and thousands of made-up laws on the books
which make artificial criminals of totally innocent human beings,
that’s for sure.
Okay, but is
such a government-monopolized system efficient? I’ll bet
Murray Rothbard would answer in
Do the government
police protect people from the aggressions of others? (Hmmm.
I hear snickering out there.)
Peter Eyre noted
recently, the government police have no legal obligation
to protect anyone.
So why the
hell do they exist?
have a good answer to that question?
And this police
socialism is coinciding with the outright fascism that our
Rulers are shoving down our throats, with their gun registration/confiscations/banning,
and other State intrusions and violations of the people’s rights.
discussions on socialism and fascism, please see Ludwig
von Mises (or read the book here)
As I wrote
recently, the hysterical Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick presented
his new gun control measures in January, and signed into law the
mandatory collection of fingerprints of school teachers and others
who might directly deal with children, including prospective adoptive
the recent Blizzard of 2013, the fascist Gov. Patrick gave an executive
order outlawing driving on all roads in Massachusetts, or risk a
heavy fine and/or one year in jail! Can you believe these "liberals"?
1980s, then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Stanley Dukakis had many
photo-ops while standing around with his loyal police storm troopers.
Dukakis and his fellow socialist/fascists were obsessed with
ordering people to wear their seatbelt or face heavy fines.
The truth is,
a lot of these police-state driving laws such as mandatory seatbelts
are nothing more than revenue-enhancements for the State. It’s never
enough revenue for them, and never enough bureaucrats and administrators
to feed off the fees, fines and taxes.
And it’s never
enough artificial power and authority to give to uniformed, badged
and armed goons.
to what the fascists and socialists believe, all human beings have
an inalienable right to freedom of movement and to travel freely,
and a right to self-defense. This is part of our more general right
to life and liberty, to self-ownership, and to be free from the
initiation of aggression by others.
all that, our Rulers say. They own the rest of us. And the
Rulers seem to have this pathological compulsion to control our
every movement now, with tracking and monitoring and surveillance
cameras, and mandatory seatbelts or banning driving altogether,
fingerprinting, registering firearms, and so on and so forth.
"liberal" politicians just love to have control, they
love the police state, for that is what socialism is all about.
Our current socialist system of government monopoly in community
policing and security naturally develops into a police state, and
that is what we have now.
recently, out-of-control, "we’re really looking out for ourselves,
not you lowly commoners" police goons were in a frantic search
and destroy of an alleged "cop killer."
In their hysterical
fear that "one of their own" had turned against them and
may be giving them a taste of their own medicine – of what government
police all across America have been criminally dishing out to innocent
people on a daily basis – these possibly steroid-laden Barney Fifes
and Rambos shot up two
different vehicles and injured innocent people, without having
the patience to actually confirm whether or not their victims
were the actual suspect.
very articulately and thoroughly described
in this interview the whole story of the cops’ criminally self-centered
craziness, and how their actions were similar to Janet Reno’s Waco
of what police socialism gives us was last year when the Aurora,
Colorado police ordered many people out of their cars stopped
at an intersection, handcuffed all of them and searched their cars,
based on a tip that a robbery suspect was among them.
general intelligence level of our "men in blue" has not
been up to snuff in recent years. (Of course, when police forces
are intentionally hiring applicants with lower
IQs, then we might be asking for trouble. And the government
schools are no help, as most of us already know.)
So God forbid
we should require government police officers to read and understand
the ideas of presumption of innocence and due process.
And God forbid
we should require prudence, patience and rationality. Instead, rather
than think things through when the times call for that, the unthinking
short-sightedness inherent in socialism rules the day, and we get
disaster and criminality.
immediate-gratification society of unthinking self-centeredness
also pervades the category of public office-holders. The rise to
the top of our Rulers is based not on moral character, intelligence
or understanding of the rule of law, but based on rhetorical
and demagogical abilities. Obviously, this trend has gotten
much worse since Hayek wrote
to Serfdom nearly 70 years ago.
Some of the
reasons why today’s "liberal"
intellectuals defend the socialist police state and our criminal
rulers such as the Drone-Murderer-in-Chief can be found in Hans-Hermann
Hoppe’s article, Natural Elites,
Intellectuals, and the State.
So we see the
collectivism, extreme self-centeredness and pathological camaraderie
of those California goons, as their blind obsession to find the
"cop-killer" probably wouldn’t have been such an obsession
had the suspect been just an ordinary civilian-killer.
Just as the
ruling bureaucrats become addicted to their non-accountable monopoly
powers, their controls over the population and their tax-funded
free money and free stuff, so too do the government police become
addicted to the power, control and artificial authority to stop,
search, arrest and detain, bully and order around innocent civilians.
violence – institutionalized by the ruling bureaucrats – against
innocent civilians, taxpayers, businesspeople, travelers, drivers,
students or protesters, breeds
the very kind of criminal behaviors which L.A. ex-cop Christopher
Dorner was trying to expose, before he allegedly killed four people.
as the American culture has continually degraded, the socialist
monopoly schemes have also degraded, which I believe is inherent
in socialism, and the socialist government police scheme has also
developed into a sick culture of violence.
But the government
police have also fallen victim to a largely self-imposed dangerousness
to their jobs, by willingly becoming a part of enforcing stupid
and counter-productive laws such as those of the Establishment’s
drug war, and acting as tax/fine
for the State.
So, while the
non-government individual civilian should stand
up for oneself and one’s rights, so should these government
police stand up for themselves, stand up to the dumb government
bureaucrats who are making all these laws, not just drug-related,
but thousands of other useless and intrusive laws, that these government
cops are made to enforce.
combined with the overall socialist system has turned America into
a very undesirable, authoritarian and dangerous society. Uniformed,
badged and armed government police order the people around, intimidate
and threaten, unlawfully arrest and detain, taser and murder innocent
civilians, and they get away with it with impunity.
criminality is institutionalized by socialism. When you let a government
monopolize the community’s policing and security and restrict the
people’s rights to self-protection and defense, and when you do
not require the armed agents of the State to act under the rule
of law, what do you think this will lead to? A peaceful society?
A secure civilian population?
And those "law-and-order"
conservatives out there – those "anti-socialism" conservatives
– this is the socialism they love, because most of them seem to
be brainwashed their whole lives to love and worship armed, uniformed
authority, no matter how bad it is or how criminally its agents
our culture of violence, PBS recently did a story
on violent video games and their effects on people, especially the
games, movies and TV shows can contribute to the desensitizing of
the humanity of others, of the victims of violence. What is worrisome
is that many of the younger government police agents may be influenced
by the kind of aggression that is promoted in those games.
But along with
the increasing militarization of America’s government police forces,
the federal Department of Homeland Security’s purchases of hundreds
of millions of rounds of ammunition, and Obama and Congress’s campaign
to disarm the American people, also worrisome is that the DHS and
Department of Defense have been engaging in desensitization
exercises. And worse, the police bureaucracy has been preparing
to desensitize their goons toward firing
upon civilians who attempt to defend themselves!
many people actually believe that it is treasonous to disobey the
authority of government bureaucrats and their minions (or who promote
state secession from the United States).
opposite is true: Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution
states that "Treason against the United States, shall consist
only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies,
giving them Aid and Comfort…" This is also referring to the
agents of the federal government who would wage a war against the
states or against the people of the states.
law criminality and "civil
unrest" may be coming to Amerika.
So, in such
circumstances, I wonder if the officers of local government police
would aid and abet such federal criminality and treason, or would
such government police take the side of the people?
In either case,
these circumstances are the very reason why the early Americans
wrote the Second
Amendment to the Constitution.
the socialist government police (and national
security socialism, too) and promoting a natural
order rule of law would make America a much safer and more civilized
society, that’s for sure.
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