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Why It's Rational to Fear Cops

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog06/05/2020

Not all (or even most) police are needlessly violent. But it is rational to conclude, upon seeing a person in a police uniform, that this person can—if he wishes to—abuse his power with near impunity.

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Riots: Not Fun nor Profit for the Rest of Us

ProgressivismMedia and CultureThe Police State

Riots are not the answer to police abuse. The answer lies in making drastic reforms to how police agencies function, up to and including privatization. Contrary to the popular narrative, it's not just nonwhites who are in danger. We're all targets of the state's enforcers.

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Three Ways Lockdowns Paved the Way for These Riots

Big GovernmentThe Police State

Blog06/02/2020

COVID lockdowns (1) threw millions out of work, (2) increased police harassment of peaceful people, (3) cut people off from key institutions that reduce social conflict. This made a volatile situation far worse.

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Why Abusive Cops So Often Keep Their Jobs

Labor and WagesThe Police State

Blog06/02/2020

When you hear a cop has been fired from his job for some heinous act, be sure to check back a few months later. He may have been rehired thanks to the fact that it's very easy for cops to appeal termination and win.

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Minneapolis Riots Are a Reminder That Police Don't Protect You or Your Property

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog05/29/2020

Police are not legally obligated to provide protection from criminals. Nor are they motivated to go after hardened criminals or investigate violent crime. Self defense (or private security) is the only reliable option.

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Politicians' COVID Mania Ravages Maryland

Media and CultureThe Police State

Blog05/28/2020

James Bovard reports form Maryland, where the COVID-19 lockdowns have decimated employment and the rules only apply to powerless ordinary people. Cops and politicians can do as they like.

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Égalité, Fraternité, Captivité

Big GovernmentThe Police State

Blog04/06/2020

What we can learn from the Patriot Act is that during a time of crisis governments can pass legislation that impacts citizens’ lives long after the crisis of the day has passed.

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Canada Has Abolished Civil Liberties in the Name of "Safety"

Big GovernmentHealthThe Police State

Blog03/28/2020

The various levels of government in Canada have responded to the coronavirus pandemic. Their ill-advised solutions are to inflict economic hardship and withdraw civil liberties. The longer these authoritarian policies persist, the greater the risk to the social fabric.

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Coerced Confessions: How the Plea Bargain Replaced Physical Torture

Legal SystemThe Police State

Blog02/15/2020

When the government created public police forces one hundred years ago, they often relied on torture to extract confessions. But now they have new methods: threatening to pile on new charges until the defendant takes a plea agreement.

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Universal Basic Income: A Dream Come True for Despots

Big GovernmentThe Police State

Blog01/11/2020

A universal basic income can easily be weaponized as a tool to punish "antisocial" behavior such as holding "unacceptable" political views or otherwise engaging in what the state doesn't like.

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