I’ve been studying anarchist and libertarian thought for about six years now. In that time I’ve found that learning to compare the state to a gang in a very detailed and factual manner is crucial to the growth of anarchist thought. It’s often the one thing that brings folks from small government to stateless thinking. It’s no easy task to change someone’s beliefs about government. Sometimes the only thing you can do is simply lay out the facts, and the fact of the matter is that the state is a gang, not unlike any street gang or mafia. The evidence is obvious and abundant, if only most people had the courage to draw that conclusion. Nobody arrives at any stateless ideology without that final paradigm shattering realization.
Posts Tagged ‘Police’
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.