Default comment for any police misconduct story

Please feel free to save this little text blurb I composed earlier today and use it yourself as a default comment on ANY police misconduct story.

“Simple economics tells us that any monopoly will have a strong tendency toward excessively high price, poor service/product quality, poor customer service and poor service/product availability. Police are a service monopoly. If you don’t like this [INSERT STORY REFERENCE], you basically have to support opening up competition — which makes you an anarchist. It’s as simple as that.”


So much for statist “compassion”

Never let the “center-left” frauds get away with pretending their support for statism is about “compassion” for the poor. They may mean to be nicer rulers in their own view, but they do mean to rule. Exhibit A: “Houston permit rule stops couple’s effort to feed homeless

Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

I’m reminded of Harry Browne’s old story about the guy who broke another man’s legs and then handed him a pair of crutches and said “See, if it wasn’t for me then you wouldn’t be able to walk!

As one commenter on Facebook noted, “The kind of ‘compassion’ the centre-left has for people is the same kind of ‘compassion’ the farmer has by providing his cattle with hay and a barn.”

The point is that if our glorious overlords were to just let us go around helping each other willy-nilly, we might figure out that we don’t need them.

Jared Loughner’s Victims Were Victims of Political Privilege

Jared Loughner’s victims were victims of privilege extended by monopoly government. In a free society, competition in the provision of law and security would have resulted in action against his known issuance of death threats, details of which are now emerging.

“When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.

Hope, Reason and Discipline — Not Terrorism

Terrorism can not defend anyone from tyranny. As the label “police state” becomes a more and more apt description of the United States, people who apparently perceive undisciplined insurrection as the only hope for a free society will, unfortunately, lash out. Such appears to be the case with regard to incendiary packages and envelopes found in Maryland and Washington, D.C. today and yesterday. A more careful and sophisticated understanding of how to achieve revolutionary social change reveals the folly of such an approach. One can not blow up a set of dysfunctional social relationships. Ours is a war of ideas. Spreading those ideas and the hope they offer is lifesaving work.

Fundraising Update

Just a brief note… I’ve disabled the current fundraiser page because Google Checkout has suspended our account. I will be launching a new fundraiser late tonight or early tomorrow using Paypal. Message from Google Checkout follows:

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