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police and police powers

PoliticsPosted by Jan Lester Mon, April 07, 2014 13:27:27

police and police powers Broadly conceived, most policing is already private: security guards, store detectives, night watchmen, doormen, private investigators and so forth. *Libertarians merely want to *depoliticize the *state police. Even if state *‘law’ is not abolished, so that the police are only *privatized in some way, it would still introduce *market *competition and thereby greater general *efficiency into policing.

In particular, even with state law, the police would not be the sort of law unto themselves that they are now: an *aggressive *monopoly that insolently enforces state commands while itself enjoying *privileges unknown to general *subjects (up to shooting unarmed people dead with impunity). And they would not investigate themselves, or have this done by what is really just another part of the state, when there were any complaints about them. So *corruption also ought to be less likely. Competition would make them more likely to arrive at a *crime scene sooner and deal with the case quicker, and less likely to arrest the victim for any proportionate actions he had taken against his aggressor. Would they also enforce illiberal state *legislation more efficiently? Possibly. But once the police are privatized there will be consumer pressure to have them protect people rather than *persecute them and for a move toward full depoliticization of this service. It is a step in the right direction in that it would at least be more libertarian on balance.

How would this be paid for? It would probably be mainly some combination of service charges and private insurance plus *restitution from the criminals once convicted. And it ought to cost far less than the current *bureaucratic system. But these general points aside, to opt for the market is exactly not to have any detailed plan or prediction for how the market must do it.

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