THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 641, October 23, 2011
"Mercantilism and capitalism, that's what the
fight is really all aboutand always has been"
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
On Wednesday 5 October, I had a conversation with a fire fighter. I gather that he works for a fire department in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Generally speaking, I am in favour of fighting fires. In a world of voluntary associations, I believe that the early 19th Century practise of having fires fought by the trained teams deployed by insurance companies and mutual aid societies would return, and that other cooperative groups, including spontaneous cooperation at need, would arise. The United States continues to have a great many effective volunteer fire fighting groups, especially in rural areas.
In the conversation, we talked about the police. I advanced the hypothesis that many people, seeing the police brutality at the 1968 Democrat national convention, at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, and everywhere in between, believe that the police work more for the people with money and less for those without. In defence of this position, I pointed to the $4.6 million donated to the NYPD by JP Morgan Chase, apparently and by reports I've seen, for the express purpose of using the funds to crack down on the protests.
In his response, the fire fighter, an AFL-CIO man, pointed out that you can call around the Kansas City metro area and find that there are many more police, and also fire, personnel assigned in the poorer districts of town. I could insert here a long diversion about zoning, how it forms ghettos, and how KC has very little in really big ghetto areas compared to much larger cities I've visited. But I won't digress.
What I will say is that it serves the purposes of those in power to have more overseers wherever there are more slaves. And if you don't think the police are overseers, their tasers whips, their truncheons meant to beat people into line, then you have no clue that you are living on a plantation, that you are a slave, Neo.
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