Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
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Lawsuckers United For Freedom

Roy has a good post today about the Henry Louis Gates arrest, and specifically about how curious it is that the Libertarian right -- who are supposed to be all about freedom and liberty and non-coercion -- are forever reluctant to criticize the actions of cops and soldiers.

Of course, in this case, it's just good old run-of-the-mill racism, but it is an interesting overall question. It's something I've wondered about myself, even back in my wild Red days: if your conception of an ideal society is one in which personal freedom is the supreme value, and government coercion is the supreme evil, why on Earth would you want the only function of the government to be supporting a powerful military and an efficient internal police force? Not only are those the primary tools of government coercion, they're also the functions of government that receive the most funding and attention in the least free, most oppressive societies throughout history.

As Bob Black asked when he was told that in a Libertarian utopia, tax revenues would only go to fund the police and the army: "What kind of world do these people want to live in, anyway?"

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