In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, “One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.” If police were these heroes, then stories of botched drug raids would not be a standard news story. People would be outraged every time they heard about an officer killing a family pet, or an innocent human being, because it would be so unusual. Instead, these stories are routine, because the image of police as heroic public servants is a myth.
How would justice work in a free society? I imagine there would be more justice than there is now, it would be difficult to have less. Most advocates of a truly free society agree that anyone found guilty of violating the rights of another individual should be required to pay restitution in order to make the victim whole.
Drug legalization was one of the first issues that helped me down the path towards the ideas of liberty. Growing up in Alabama in the 1980’s & 1990’s I was taught “drugs are bad.” And I remember Nancy Reagan’s “Just say no!” campaign. Like most people, I was taught the government propaganda about drugs, especially the dangers of marijuana as a gateway drug.
“…the Pharisees took counsel so as they might trap Him in words. And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth, and it does not concern You about anyone, for You do not look to the face of men. Then tell us, what do You think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?’
But knowing their wickedness, Yeshua* said, ‘Why do you test Me, hypocrites? Show Me the tribute coin.’ And they brought a denarius to Him. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’
They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’
Then He said to them, ‘Then give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God.’”
[Matthew 22:15-22 (LITV) see also Mark 12:13-17 & Luke 20:20-26]
The Washington Post recently reported on the monthly boom-and-bust cycle that has supposedly kept Woonsocket, Rhode Island afloat for the last several years after the closure of the local textile mills. Eli Saslow reports, “At precisely one second after midnight, on March 1, Woonsocket would experience its monthly financial windfall — nearly $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Federal money would be electronically transferred to the broke residents of a nearly bankrupt town, where it would flow first into grocery stores and then on to food companies, employees and banks, beginning the monthly cycle that has helped Woonsocket survive… The local unemployment rate was 12 percent. The shuttered textile mills along the river had become Section 8 housing. The median income had dropped by $10,000 in the last decade.” The Post claims this cycle is happening across the country for two reasons: “So many people are forced to rely on government support. The government is forced to support so many people.” I’m not going to say that the writer of the article is lying so much as I would say that he is unwittingly espousing government propaganda.
The right to “press freedom” is supposed to be a fundamental right. It was deemed so important, that the 1st Congress under the (current) constitution, recognized freedom of the press in the same amendment as free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly & the right to petition for redress of grievances. Over the years, governments have placed restrictions on these rights to the point that they have become “privileges” in most jurisdictions.