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American Police Forces Were Created to Fight Rioters. But Police Probably Made Things Worse.

The Police StateU.S. History

Blog07/29/2020

Contrary to the popular narrative that government police establish law and order, there is good reason to believe that the advent of militarized police in the 1800s led to an escalation of riots and political corruption while offering little law or order.

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Americans Are Buying Guns in Record Numbers. The Washington Post Isn't Pleased.

Media and CultureThe Police State

Blog07/22/2020

Americans have been buying lots of guns out of fear of crime and unrest this year. This suggests that the crime-guns causality is the opposite of what gun controllers say. Rather than saying "guns cause crime," we should be saying "crime causes guns."

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More Laws Mean More Police Brutality

Legal SystemStrategyThe Police State

Blog07/21/2020

Every law must ultimately be enforced using the police power of the state. For those who resist, this means violent arrest and imprisonment. Or worse.

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Rothbard on Substitutionism

The Police StateWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog06/26/2020

Rothbard has explained how it is wrong to equate what would be reasonable for a private protection agency with what is permissible for the state.

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Repealing Useless and Abusive Laws Might Do More Good Than "Defunding" the Police

Legal SystemStrategyThe Police State

Blog06/23/2020

"Defunding" the police isn't likely to actually lessen the control the state has over our lives. But repealing countless laws that give police far too much power would certainly help.

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How the Monopoly Power of Police Agencies Encourages Abuse

StrategyThe Police State

Blog06/22/2020

Whether or not race is a factor, the monopoly power enjoyed by police agencies (and other government agencies) creates the conditions likely to lead to more abuse of power.

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The Problem with "Wandering" Police Officers

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog06/16/2020

Some police officers are able to easily get rehired by law enforcement agencies even though they were forced out of other departments for misconduct. That's a problem.

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Abolishing the Police Won't Mean Abolishing State Violence

Legal SystemMedia and CultureThe Police State

Blog06/15/2020

The Left believes that we need the state to force people to act in line with "social justice." This means that somebody must force compliance with state edicts, even if those people aren't called "police."

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What If We Didn't Have Police at All?

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog06/10/2020

We already employ a wide variety of nonpolice crime deterrent strategies, from private gun ownership to security cameras to private security. Meanwhile, in spite of the proliferation of police and police departments, crime, rioting, and looting endure.

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These Protests Don't Threaten the Ruling Party in America's Big Cities

Big GovernmentMedia and CultureThe Police StatePolitical Theory

Blog06/10/2020

The political machines that run America's cities are likely to keep running them when these protests and riots end. Taxpayers will be worse off, but politicians will be even more powerful.

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