Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get This Straight: The Police Do Not Work for Us

By Robert Higgs

I see that some people have become a bit upset with how the police are conducting themselves recently. They declare that the police need to be reminded that “they work for us, not the other way around.” This statement expresses an utterly naive and untutored idea.

The police don’t work for us, if by “us” we mean you, me, and at least 95 percent of the rest of the population. On the contrary: we work for them, literally; we work to earn money and acquire wealth that they take forcibly from us for their own support, either by taxation or by outright confiscation (civil forfeiture). The cops don’t work for us; they never worked for us. They work now, as they have always worked, for the government, which is to say, for the small part of the population that has any nonnegligible control over the government at any level — federal, state, or local. Certainly no more than 5 percent of the population has any such control. More likely the percentage is 1 percent or less of the population.

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1 comment:

  1. I would like to carry this one step further: not only do the police not work for you, and not only do you work for the police, but, also, the police do not work for the government; everyone else in the government works for the police. The police are the rulers. Politicians, bureaucrats, and other parasitic fools all work for the police. Force rules, not clerks, not mouthpieces, not figureheads, only force.

    Libertarians need to realize that their problem is not all the parasites cowering behind the pigs and pretending to be intelligent, it is the pigs themselves who force all this evil government on us. We all need to focus on them and ignore the politicians, professors, psychotic philosophers, pundits and various other parasites who feed themselves by means of the extortion racket that the pigs run. Deal with the pigs or give up - that's your choice.