August 22, 2012
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.