In my post yesterday on the DHS using local and state police agencies to conduct unannounced “school lockdown” drills and terrorizing and traumatizing little kids for no good reason, I mentioned the idea of privatizing security and I linked to an article by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. For those who aren’t irrationally faithful in the current statist quo of government monopoly in community policing and security (or the central planning monopoly of the joke called “national security”) and who are interested in looking further into that discussion, you can read economist Robert Murphy’s book titled, Chaos Theory, or read it right now for free online. Murray Rothbard also addressed the issue in, among other places, Chapter 12 of his book, For a New Liberty.
The reason that we now have the police state, with so many LEOs acting barbarically against innocent civilians and getting away with it, is that they are part of the government’s forced monopoly in community policing and security. The monopoly is “forced” because the members of the public are forced to have to use these monopolists’ services with no other alternatives allowed. By the very nature of the system of monopoly, especially forced monopoly, monopolists are not accountable.
One good example currently has been the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing and prosecution of the one accused suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I very much recommend this two-part article by investigative journalist Russ Baker on that touchy subject. Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2. Baker discusses how the police investigators are relying on one sole witness who continues to remain anonymous, and essentially the “evidence” is that “we know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty because the authorities say he is.” And that’s the “evidence.”
Now, if private security firms who must abide by the rule of law (in which you must presume every suspect innocent until you actually present valid, conclusive evidence against him, with no reasonable doubt) and are subject to full defense scrutiny of all evidence, and are also subject to market and competitive forces, including word of mouth recommendations or criticisms, if such private security firms acted in the way that government-monopoly Marathon bombing investigators have (as Russ Baker thoroughly describes in his lengthy articles and the other ones he links to) then such private security firms would probably themselves not only go out of business but would probably be run out of town.
Sadly, many Americans worship the local government-monopolized police, and would never consider “privatizing” such an endeavor. In a recent article, William Grigg describes the way policing monopolies have developed into a worshiped caste of gods for whom the average Joe and Mary must kneel and fall to the ground. (Many other articles by William Grigg describe one situation after another how this phenomenon has developed, in just about every district throughout the People’s Republik of Amerika.)
And Bill Buppert has a five-part series just recently, titled, “Badged Serial Killers: the Growing Murder Culture of Cops.” Part 1 concentrates on the cops killing of animals, Part 2 concentrates on “peace officers” cruelty against children, Part 3 discusses the cops’ war on women, Part 4 deals with cops’ violence against elderly people, and Part 5 discusses the cops’ violence against disabled people. By Part 5, Buppert notes that the police-criminal apologists are probably glad the series has ended.
And then there’s the government’s monopoly in so-called “national security.” A major example in the discussion of abolishing central planners’ monopoly in “national security” is the post-9/11 police state. Just this past week, Christopher Manion described his recent experiences with the TSA airport security fascists. As most members of the public continue to be blindly faithful to local governments’ monopoly in policing and security, they probably would also not be open-minded to the idea of abolishing central planners’ monopoly in “national security,” an alleged constitutional obligation for bureaucrats to “protect the nation from foreign aggressors.” But Manion’s experiences, like many others since 9/11, show that we must get rid of the TSA, and, as Jacob Hornberger recently wrote, abolish the CIA as well.
With 9/11 specifically, many Americans who are emotionally faithful in security bureaucrats took the bureaucrats’ word as far as what happened and what needs to be done about it. It is ironic that many conservatives criticize the Left for emotion-based policies and laws, but the conservatives especially went along with everything that the ignoramus George W. Bush imposed, based solely on post-9/11 emotion and not rational thought, including the awful, fascist and totalitarian Patriot Act. In fact, a comparison can be made as to how the idiots in CONgress passed the Patriot Act without even reading the bill, just as the idiots in CONgress passed the Affordable Care Act without reading the bill. But the conservatives especially loved every post-9/11 government-monopoly policy given how unthinkingly and overly emotional many of them are (especially the talk radio blabbermouths) in their worship of the military and the office of the President.
And I certainly don’t expect the “law and order conservatives” to consider abandoning a lost cause like the police socialism they love so much. That is an area in which conservatives are true socialists and they wear that badge proudly. The reason why so many people are so faithful to the socialized security police state is they are really nanny state authoritarians who do not believe in personal and individual responsibility. They believe in dependence on “official armed authorities.” Many conservatives especially have a deeply emotional thing for men in uniforms as well. (It’s probably part of their latent homosexuality issue, but I will not go there here.) That is why they love, absolutely love the government police and military as well, despite the incompetence, buffoonery, criminality and worse, bureaucracy, of those government monopoly agencies.
And by the way, if we get rid of government monopoly in security, what will keep the society peaceful (as well as no more militarized police state) is the people’s right to self-defense and the right to be armed, something the conservatives still don’t get. The 2nd Amendment notes that the people — not the government — have the right to be armed! Just today, in fact, Becky Akers wonders why Jews in America aren’t more supportive of the right to bear arms. You would think that they would be, given what happened to many Jews before and during World War II who were not able to defend themselves.
Besides all the articles mentioned above, plus many of the ones linked from my Police State page, here is some more info:
The Production of Security by Gustave de Molinari
Competition in Private Justice by Per Bylund
Foreign Aggression by Morris and Linda Tanehill