Whenever it happens that I get into a conversation about public policy, the law, enforcement, and the State in general, It’s quite the norm that in one form or another, I’m told that we need these various laws in order to prevent the various predations that go on round and about. My first query is usually to ask what laws are preventing them from being a bad person. Who would they victimize, in what way, and what would they steal if there were no laws? And most people immediately see where that’s going, but the point, of course, it to draw the distinction that when people talk about the necessity of law and enforcement, they’re always talking about the “need” to rein in other people, not themselves. I have an answer for that, too, and it’s a simple one: I’m willing to take my chances. That’s it. You see, I’m not denying at all that there exists risk from predators, but the real problem with the standard argument for the State as concerns various law enforcement is that it begs the question. That is, it assumes a general effectiveness that’s really not in evidence. Simply: we have plenty of predation…
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