The violence isn't inherent in the system, the violence is the system.The optimist:
— Samuel Wilson (@Spivonomist) November 26, 2014
Libertarians need to add their voices to folks like @NewBlackMan on events in Ferguson. Police state protects itself. http://t.co/Do6unzYtJ2I fly my pennant for Team Aristotle. You might not recognize it in my proto-Chestertonian anarchism, but I agree with ol' Ari that the political life is the highest calling of the citizen. Unfortunately, the greatest rewards to participation in politics accrue to knaves in greater proportion than to honest folk. Of course the monopolists of force protect themselves first. I cannot endeavor to lay my finger upon a single instance anywhere at any time when that was not the case. The First Rule of Policing is as close to a universal truth in society as can be found.
— Michael Munger (@mungowitz) November 26, 2014
Kaley v US, Bennis v Michigan... the ugly list of asset forfeiture cases that line up benefiting the organized banditry masquerading as a peace force bares the lie that there exists a gentleman's agreement between the sovereign and the governed.
My utopian comet has a police force. Law and order are crucial to commerce, to comfort, to general opulence. But the agreement between the enforcers and the median constituent would be euvoluntary. Enforce the natural law, uphold capital-J Justice, protect the innocent.
Then again, I can hardly blame the cops for shaking down citizens and acting as unaccountable thugs. Not too much anyway. Most of the fault lies with over-zealous legislatures who spend their hazy days making every effort to appease tumultuous constituents whose conflicting interests produce mountainous, inscrutable reams of rules so prodigious that any citizen might be apprehended at any time for reasons so arcane that they may as well be utterly capricious. And woe be unto thee if thou are the target of a prosecutor's or a politician's caprice.
It would be unreasonable to expect a marble bust of Pallas to emerge from a rout of snails. Is it no less unreasonable to expect an ideal rule of law to emerge from a coven of senators?