Becky Akers has this article at Republic Magazine (an article that apparently was pulled from its original publication, The New American), Police: An Army by Any Other Name. Akers addresses the issues of the ongoing militarization of local police and the history behind how such militarization and the over-growth of police departments have become so intrusive, like they are invading forces in our own communities.
On a federal level, our DC Leviathan has become so overgrown and intrusive that these out-of-control bureaucrats might as well be a foreign government having invaded America. This is especially the case now that Congress has passed and Barack Obama has signed into law the new provisions that gives the president the power to have military (and police or any armed agent of government, really) arrest and detain indefinitely any civilian of the President’s choosing, without charge, without trial, and without any evidence against the accused whatsoever. As Jacob Hornberger observed, the invaders have codified a true dictatorship.
And as Hornberger also noted, James Madison and several of the other early Americans were very skeptical of the need or use for standing armies. They had great foresight and intuitively and wisely believed that the standing army would eventually be used by the federal government for illicit purposes. For the past century, as the federal government’s size and power and intrusiveness has grown, the more the military has been used for the President’s own personal purposes. Lew Rockwell recently republished his 1996 speech on the Presidency and documents how such an office, such a power, is itself a dictatorship. A lot of people can’t see that, or they just don’t want to believe it because they live in a world of fantasy, a world of children’s storybook tales that describe the President and government officials as Good People, and U.S. history as having been “For the Good of Mankind.” See Laurence Vance in U.S. Presidents and Those Who Kill for Them.
And when you have community policing and security having been monopolized by local governments, such powers for the few over the masses will also be used not against the actual criminals but against the people in general. And that is what we have now. We have local police and S.W.A.T. teams being used to enforce fascist drug laws and anti-raw milk decrees in which the government has claimed ownership of everyone’s bodies, in which the government decides what you may or may not ingest in your own body. And we have the protectionism police in which the police are used to enforce laws and bureaucratic edicts that do nothing but protect the high profits of established businesses at the expense of entrepreneurs. Federal, state and local police, FBI and other armed bureaucrats are literally terrorizing the people now, and FOR NO GOOD REASON!!
The leftists and progressives just don’t realize what they are really doing when they support arbitrary regulations of private, otherwise peaceful commercial activities. The more regulations and bureaucratic red tape you come up with, the more police you have to enforce such useless crap. But those on the left just don’t understand that. The Dodd-Frank law now will make good use of an extremely expanded police power to further intrude upon, interfere with and wreck private trade in America, and further terrorize innocent people, innocent civilians. I wish those on the left, who superficially protest police abuses (until they themselves get in power, that is), would understand that. (Cynically but realistically, I believe that politicians such as Elizabeth Warren actually do understand that.)
In order to roll back the police state that has been growing like mad in Amerika now, we need first and foremost to de-monopolize local community policing and security. You see, when you allow the government to forcibly monopolize local community policing and security, and thus outlaw voluntary organizations and competitive security and policing firms, you are giving the monopolists “authority” over others. That completely goes against the idea of liberty. This artificial authority removes from the uniformed monopolists the status of being “equal under the law.” They are no longer equals, they have become above the law. And that’s an inherently immoral situation.
Who in his right mind wants some dude to have that kind of power and armed authority of being above the law over you and your family? Giving these monopolists such authority and armed power and the right to be above the law has given them the ability to break the law, violating laws against aggression, theft, trespass, and they damn well have taken advantage of it. So who in his right mind would knowingly choose a system like this? Given just how much chaos and violence is going on throughout America, because so many crimes are being committed by the monopolists of community policing and security, one wonders how few people are actually in their right minds these days.
The people of America who believe in the rule of law, and believe that no one should be above the law, should consider de-monopolizing their local communities’ policing and security. Allow private competitive firms to operate and allow voluntary organizations to police the neighborhoods. All forms of gun control must be removed so that the people have the freedom to exercise their rights to protect themselves from criminals.
But currently, with the existing government-monopolized police forces, we need to abolish all police unions and public pensions. The government-monopolized police forces must not be allowed to unionize. As long as the government monopolizes local policing, they should not be allowed to profit from it. This has been a major contributor to so much of the corruption and kickbacks. A monopoly that is compulsory on the civilians to use it is not accountable, and is destined to become corrupt. In contrast, competing firms in which no one would be above the law will be accountable to the community. And let them profit from it. That attracts the ones who are best suited for such work, while the market would weed out the bad apples. (Monopoly does not weed out the bad apples — it promotes them!)
Unfortunately, such a scenario of de-unionizing and de-monopolizing seems unlikely at present because of the growing authoritarian nature of many people in our society now. The people seem to want others to be in positions of artificial authority over them and they want unaccountable monopolists in charge and they want them to be above the law. Too bad so many people now seem to be masochists. They will probably change their minds, however, after the economic collapse and martial law when Obama orders the military (with the help of government-monopolized local and state “law enforcement agencies,” of course) to arrest and detain innocent civilians who engage in non-government-approved commerce and trade, who speak out against the government, and who exercise their right to self-defense.
What the people also need to do right now — that is, those who are in their right minds and are not masochists — is to crack down on the corrupt, criminal or criminally incompetent armed agents of government. For example, a New Hampshire resident found that his home had been burglarized while he was in the home. Rather than call the police, he went outside to try to find the burglar, and he found the burglar climbing out the window of his neighbor’s home! The first homeowner fired a warning shot into the ground and he held the varmint at gunpoint until police arrived. While the police did arrest the criminal, the police also arrested the homeowner for firing his gun (which was not in the air which would be stupid, but into the ground which was safe). They charged the Good Guy with reckless conduct for firing the gun in a residential area.
But why don’t they ever charge the police with reckless conduct? And with assault, destruction of property and murder because those crimes are being committed by the police monopolists on a daily basis throughout America. And it’s getting worse each day. In this instance, what the people of Farmington, New Hampshire need to do is charge the actual police officers who have deprived the innocent civilian of life and liberty with criminal mischief and endangerment, at the very least. They also need to charge the police with theft: They stole the guy’s handgun and seven of his rifles. They also need to be fired for incompetence and neglect of duty.
Now, for those of you who believe that the homeowner who fired the gun should be charged and that the police did the right thing: What if he instead called the police? Well, they would have gone over to his house, made out a report, and gone back to Dunkin’ Donuts. And that would have been the end of that.
The guy did the right thing, and he prevented the burglar from going into other homes after that second one, and the resident may have actually saved some other resident not just from one’s home being burglarized but from actual harm committed by the burglar!
So, with government-monopolized local community policing and security, and with standing armies that are used by federal bureaucrats to start unnecessary wars and provoke foreigners for no good reason (and will soon be treasonously turning the guns on the American people especially during the economic collapse and time of great civil unrest that is to follow), we have incompetence, chaos, private crimes protected by public criminals, and we are all less safe and less secure because of it.
As Arthur Silber noted in a post yesterday, regarding the unwillingness to make the big fraudster banks accountable, “For the ruling class, ‘the rule of law’ isn’t a means of protecting you or your liberty. It’s a means of enforcement, a critical way of protecting their own power and wealth.”
So when we let the government monopolize any kind of policing, and giving them “authority” over others in a charade of “law and order,” we have them become The Law. That is when The Law will be used against the masses for the sake of the empowerment of the few.
In America, we need to de-monopolize and decentralize. Otherwise, the current trend of government-monopolized police, the militarization of society, and the treatment of innocent civilians as criminals while letting the real criminals get away with their abuse of the armed power of The Law, will only continue to escalate to a state of intolerable mass violence and civil chaos.
Let there be freedom in America!