Monday, December 18, 2006

The facts of a territorial monopolist on arbitration and police

We've heard about two weaks ago about that 90 year old lady getting raided, which ended up with 3 wounded policemen and the woman dead; and we are horrified. Turns out, these kind of things happen on a regular basis: about twice a month, on average.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids

And here are some drug war facts, where you find absurd amounts of people in jail as drug law offenders, absurd amounts of money spent on keeping them there, an estimation that 1 in 20 of *all* citizens spend time in jail in their lifetime (and 1-in-4 for African-American men), and the list goes on and on:

Drug War facts

And realize that these stats are only for drug related crimes; there are many many other laws that make acts that are not aggressive towards someone elses body or property illegal (all taxes, for example).

The U.S. has the highest prison population percentage (~700 per 100K, where most countries have <150/100K), and also the most people in total (2 million).

World prison population list

Now the question: would people ever engage in a contract with an arbitration organization which would disallow them all these non violent behaviour? And think about the costs! Having all these things illegal simply means a transfer of wealth from the citizens to the law and arbitration enforcers. Such costly behaviour could never stand a chance in a competitive environment.

No, all of this is clearly a scam. Citizens aren't customers, they are slaves.

And sometimes the rulers show their true nature:

July 1, 2006—NM

In July 2006, police officers in flak jackets donning assault weapons and shields raid a gay gym/social club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Patrons -- some of whom were dragged from the locker room naked -- are handcuffed and forced to lie on the floor at gunpoint for more than an hour. One man is taken into a separate room, where, he says, officers photograph him and ridicule him.

"We saw about 15 or 20 flashes coming from there and heard lots of laughter," one patron would later say. "They (the officers) were having a good old time. It was like the gay Abu Ghraib."

Police officials later said the SWAT raid was due to reports that the club was dispensing alcohol without a license.

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