1. Cops are Dumb. As Michael Malice, famous anarchist and general misfit, says:
“no matter where you go or what country you’re in, the cops are the dumbest people there.”
It’s the nature of government for them to be stupid. The government uses force, not any superior means of judgment. Government is stupid because it doesn’t have competition that forces bad decisions out. Police are governed by these same incentives. There is no incentive to be smart when you’re still paid if you’re dumb.
2. Never trust a government agent. This one might be a little tougher for people to understand. The state profits off of your violations of the law, not crimes. A crime requires a victim and ideally requires you to repay the person you wronged, not “society.”
If you’re paying back the victim, who presumably has paid taxes, where is government profiting on punishing that crime and collecting money? They aren’t. There’s no money in justice for the government. But there’s plenty of money in taxing things or making them illegal. That’s why 50% of arrests are for marijuana, and 50% of total police interactions are traffic violations. Victimless crimes have little risk and lots of pay off.
Because of this government agent’s incentives are the find violations of the law. And they’ll lie to you to make that happen, especially because government agents are allowed to lie to you, but damnit all if you lie to them. That’s obstruction of justice.
All government agents’ incentives will always be looking for ways to turn you in for money. Do you trust a friend when their economic incentive is to get rich by turning you in? It’s possible, but I sure wouldn’t.
In the last 20 years society in the developed world has come down with an illness called feminism. This illness has basically taken to bucking 5,000 years of received wisdom—that the sexes are drastically different.
They are different psychologically, genetically, physically, athletically, economically, academically, and in every other conceivable category. One is not less morally or personally significant, only different.
This received wisdom is now called “sexism.”
I believe we, as libertarians, have a duty to society. A duty to recognize freedom of association and differing cultures, much in contradiction to the SJW, totalitarian left.
Before modern feminism much culture existed that is still available to us to persue and enjoy celebrating the world as it is, and not some genderless zhe/zhim/zher utopia where all distinctions are “racism.”
One of the most effective ways to do this is to have people watch old comedies. They are irreverent and demonstrative of reality (by making fun of it).
Take for example Police Academy: The opening line recognizes some people are too fat, dumb, or female to be cops (a point made repeatedly).
The fat and dumb seem to be standard now. Ideally, law enforcement should be fit enough to need limited force.
We race to the train station on 3:10 to Yuma, the Russell Crowe and Christian Bale morality western about outlaws and bandits. Special guest, Douglas Gregory of HQATL (https://hqatl.com/) and writer at the Actual Anarchy site joins us for a spirited discussion.
The Google Description:
Outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) terrorizes 1800s Arizona, especially the Southern Railroad, until he is finally captured. Wade must be brought to trial, so Dan Evans (Christian Bale), the owner of a drought-stricken ranch, volunteers to escort him to the train. Along the trail, a grudging respect forms between the men, but danger looms at every turn, and the criminal’s men are in pursuit.
I just started watching the show Ozark [on Netflix], and I love it! The premise is a money launderer for a Mexican cartel from Chicago is suddenly forced to make up for his partner’s pilfering. In a moment of brilliance, the money launderer comes up with a scheme to launder money through the Lake of the Ozarks (a St. Louis/Chicago summer lake spot in Missouri).
Jason Bateman, instead of being a comedian, is a somber, worried, straight-man who is much more brilliant than he initially lets on.
Laura Linney is the former spoiled upper-class housewife who has to become a useful accomplice for a change, and quick.
Both are excellent.
The show is the opposite of a sitcom, and possibly the next Breaking Bad.
Sitcoms have long been written and produced by the undermining powers of the Hollywood left. Usually in sitcoms, the dad is a selfish, boorish, moron, while the kids are snide, but otherwise brilliant, and humble while abiding their father’s stupidity and ruinous behavior. The wife is flawless, humble, self-effacing, and patient.
No, really. The entire public auditing side of the accounting profession is wackadoodle.
Many libertarians are also disciples of the Austrian school of economics which teaches that central bank’s involvement in credit creation creates credit bubbles, fueling the boom and bust cycle. But, there is another major threat to financial markets that even many Austrians are not aware of: auditing.
Since the formation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1933 publicly traded companies have been required to provide independently audited financial statements done by a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Most public companies go with large accounting firms, like the Big-Four, or a large regional firm. They have internal auditors (usually non-CPA accountants) who do most of the accounting year-round for both management and eventual external auditing. But external auditing is required of financial statements for publicly traded companies. Auditors provide an opinion on the veracity and accuracy of financial statements which aid in investment decisions.
The company being audited is required, however, to pay for its own audit. This creates a perverse conflict of interest—the ones paid to be skeptical of a company (auditors) are being paid by their prospective enforcement subjects. How can auditors be skeptical of their paycheck? As Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Big problem. Continue reading “The Big Short and Curlies”
Normal people often chafe at libertarian’s condemnation of police. “They protect society from the bad guys, don’t you know?” “Don’t like Cops? Call a crack addict.” With such pithy statements, how could we possibly be right? Even if police have faults, they are necessary to society, so we can’t do without them. This is the normal defense of police, when it’s not “my brother/cousin/boyfriend is a cop. Is he a jerk?”
The incentives for the state are always to benefit itself. No, duh, right? The individuals are there for themselves, and ultimately state agents want larger budgets and power to benefit themselves. It’s why state workers are much more likely to vote Democrat (excepting the defense sector for obvious reasons).
State agents aren’t more moral than anyone else. They are frequently less so.