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A Toronto cop shot a young man nine times on a streetcar. The cop has been suspended with pay. This story is not an isolated event. There have been other questionable actions by the Toronto Police, as well the RCMP and every other police force in the country and around the world.
Is there something fundamentally aggressive about cops? To provide law
and order, is violence unavoidable? Or is the problem inherent in the
organization? Does Toronto actually have law and order? Or is it just
anarchy in the streets?
Everything we’ve been told about anarchy is exactly what we have now. Someone trying to explain anarcho-capitalism
may get the response, “war-loads would take over.” But isn’t that what
we have now? The First Nations weren’t exactly living in peaceful unity
before the Europeans came. And surely, what are the wars and conquest of
the European states than a massive amount of murders and mafia-style
intimidation? The police shootings in Toronto – or anywhere else – are
all reflections of the same underlying principle: there is anarchy in
the streets! Individuals have been deprived of finding their own sources
of law and order and instead have been subjected to “might-is-right” gang influence. This is a state of anarchy where individuals must be subjected to a state of criminals!
The free society – often referred to as anarchism – is a state of
affairs where individuals choose law and order in the same way they
choose where to buy food, where to sleep or whom to buy medicine from.
It a system that also produces a free market in currency, thus
diminishing the abuses and corruption of unfair businessmen.
Either the Toronto Police are running an impractical business or they
are the criminal gang in charge of all other criminals – in both cases
demanding “tribute” from “their” residents. If the former is true, the
Toronto Police would be best to end their coercive monopoly, allowing
for other protection services to freely enter the market. It would also
be essential to abolish the mandatory payments, returning to the money
to the taxpayer. Only an individual can determine where his or her
interests are when choosing law and order. Subjecting everyone under a
“one-size-fits-all” umbrella and forcing them to pay is inevitably going
to cause tragedies like this one in Toronto.
But of course – the latter may true – police and the whole state
apparatus are a criminal gang. In that case, we shouldn’t be so
surprised when the cops become overly aggressive. In fact, we should be
amazed they are as peaceful as they are. As the G20 showed, the
police-state apparatus is already here. It’s just a question as to when
the criminals-in-charge would like to display their power to the fullest