Recent examples of property rights enforcement outside of the state

Recently ran across two stories of people voluntarily cooperating to protect each other from violence. First is the New York Times‘ Volunteers Keep Watch on Protests in Chile and the second is the BBC’s India’s ‘pink’ vigilante women.

Both groups got together to protect each other FROM police violence and government officials’ corruption.

Privatization is not generally a one-off thing, where you have monopoly one minute and a free market the next. Solutions arise to problems and the state either gets out of the way and lets the market work, or it crowds out private solutions through coercion and monopoly.

But the solutions are there. The market provides as much as it’s allowed to.

Photo by JimmytheJ.

This is why I advocate for a private police force

Libertarians in general and AnCaps specifically are often caricatured as cold, calculating, uncaring number crunchers who are excited about how much cheaper and more efficient the Post Office would be if it were privatized.

But I’m here to tell you that while this AnCap loves her some efficiency, that’s not enough to devote my entire working life to fighting for freedom and my free time to blogging about it.

On economic issues, I’m motivated by seeing industrial revolutions in the third world lift millions of people out of crippling rural poverty and into world-class universities IN A GENERATION. I’m motivated by the life-extending and enhancing innovations that, as Einstein said, are only created when people can labor in freedom.

And when I tell you that I want to see private property rights enforcement, it isn’t to save money. It’s because I am willing to try ANYTHING to avoid ever seeing this again:

This is the face of Kelly Thomas as he lay dying after he was beaten by police officers. He has died from his injuries, and the officers have not been fired.

One of the officers who beat him to death is on trial for murder right now. This is only after Thomas’ father worked tirelessly to tell his son’s story, Fullerton’s citizenry railed against the police department, and the national news media picked up the story.

Most officers who use excessive force get a slap on the wrist and go right back out onto the streets. Public sector unions make it nearly impossible to fire a police officer.

This is the state of policing in America right now: Police officers in New York trick poor blacks and Latinos into showing their completely-legal-to-own small amounts of cannabis in order to meet their arrest quotas while the statute of limitations expires on thousands of untested rape kits. There’s a stark discrepancy in police response between poor and wealthy neighborhoods. Cops use machine guns murder citizens. When two cops hold down a woman while a third beats her, their boss will say everything was done by the book. A handcuffed, searched, left-handed man can shoot himself in the back of a police car in the right side of his head and the state crime lab will call it a suicide.

None of this is rare. None of this is right.

It’s no coincidence that right now, there is no mechanism to replace a police department. A citizen’s only recourse is protest, which is often met with more violence from police.

How could a private police force be worse? How could a company that can fire its employees at will, that can be replaced by a competing company at any time, possibly do a worse job of protecting property rights?

Look at that picture of Kelly Thomas and tell me it isn’t worth trying anything to keep that from happening to anyone else.

GOP Rep. Todd Akin reveals one major flaw with Democracy

GOP Rep. Todd Akin recently apologized for claiming that pregnancy from rape is rare because in a “legitimate rape” a woman’s body protects her from pregnancy.

I think we can all agree that someone who knows shit about biology shouldn’t be regulating medical decisions like abortion and birth control.

But do our politicians know anything more about financial markets, ecology or economics than they know about biology? Generally no.

Next time you wax poetic about the wonders of Democracy read something your legislator has actually said about one of the topics he or she is regulating.

Photo by  Vintaga Posters

Do you trust cops with drones?

The cops have drones now. But they proooomise they’ll be good with them.

Police chiefs adopt drone code of conduct – Washington Times

The nation’s police chiefs have adopted a code of conduct for their use of drones, including letting any images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, be open to inspection by the public, and that the images not be stored unless they are evidence of a crime or part of an ongoing investigation.

And I believe them. It’s not like the US military is using them to murder US citizens without a trial or spy on citizens right here on US soil. And giving cops machine guns has turned out really well, so why not drones?

Here’s the best comment:

I have my own drone code of conduct.

10 guage, long choke, 3 1/2″ shell, 2 shot

Nice.

Photo by worldcantwait.org

The sweetheart Countrywide loans don’t actually matter

Too funny.

Some Democrat congresscreature amended his own subpoena investigating subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, and other Dems and Dem aides got VIP discounted loans from the company. Then an election happened and Republicans took over and, whoops, shit got out.

This is why most conspiracy theories are utterly implausible. The people at the top are way too stupid and contentious to come together to pull off anything that requires much secrecy and coordination.

But the real takeaway here is that congressional perks don’t actually matter.

Did those loans actually hurt anyone? No. Perks don’t hurt us, legislation does.

Are legislative perks going anywhere? All of recorded history would suggest no.

So if perks are a necessary component of a state, and it’s the state that hurts us, shouldn’t we focus on ending the state?

Just sayin’.