Random thoughts on #individualism, #crime, the ‪#‎police‬, and ‪#‎community‬

Rather than arming a paramilitary force in your city and calling it “the police”, why not take a fraction of those dollars and equip each resident’s home with a security system; issue the resident a permit to carry a weapon along with their driver’s license; and issue each resident a voucher to purchase one small firearm and a shotgun?

The notion that an armed paramilitary force, also known as the police, can protect you from crime was always ridiculous. The police is slightly better at protecting property (which is their original and primary mission) than they are at stopping robberies, rapes, or murders. The police cannot stop robberies, rapes, and murders because, unlike the fantasy bullshit of Minority Report, they are not at the scene of the crime when the crime starts. Only the victim and the perpetrator are there. So why not arm the potential victim?

The reason is that our social elite (politicians, the over-educated, and shamans) has a vested interest in controlling individual behavior all under the guise of the dreaded word, “community” and its close cousin, “society.” Aggregate people into a community so that their resources are easily extracted by a pied piper i.e., politician, community activist, shaman, etc., in return for protection; protection the individual can easily render for herself.

So, when you hear terms like “community policing” or calls from politicians to fund more police, you shouldn’t stand up and cheer. You need to gag…..

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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4 Responses to Random thoughts on #individualism, #crime, the ‪#‎police‬, and ‪#‎community‬

  1. kenski2013 says:

    Now, that’s a really novel idea!! It’s true the police can’t prevent many crimes from happening. As to arming the populace, that’s OK, I guess. Doing do poses no real danger to “society”. The biggest problem will be those who don’t know how to handle a fire arm safely, thus harming or killing innocent people or themselves by accident. As to a security system, well, I’m only moderately impressed with those. I used to work for ADT, and well….I’m not impressed with home security systems that call a monitoring company to call the police. Systems that make a lot of local noise when activated are probably just as effective, and cost a lot less. Sometimes, just stickers and yard signs stating the premise has a system are just as effective.

    Unless we are going to put a couple of police on every street corner in areas that suffer from high crime rates, we probably don’t need more police, except during times when there is serious civil unrest.

  2. kenski2013 says:

    On the other hand, it would have been really interesting if we had implemented this idea, and all of those protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, showed up either in Ferguson or the county seat of Clayton, Missouri, with those guns. At that point, we would need a much larger police presence, SWAT teams and gear, armored vehicles, and probably the National Guard to deal with all the gun fire.

  3. kenski2013 says:

    One more thing–it’s not just the “social elite” that has an interest in civilized behavior–we all have such an interest. Call it “controlled” if you like, although I don’t think that’s what it is, but in fact we cannot have civilization without civilized behavior. Admittedly, the presence of a police force doesn’t automatically cause civilized behavior nor completely protect us from uncivilized behavior–it’s each of us acting in a civilized manner that does that, or not if we don’t. There are those who feel oppressed by the police, and sometimes police behavior is oppressive. But most of the time, from my point of view, it’s not our police force or our government that’s oppressive or controlling (this is not true in many other countries). For law abiding people, the presence of government and police is no big deal. For those who are not law abiding, they may claim they are “controlled” or “oppressed”, because their unlawful (uncivilized) behavior is not tolerated by government or the police. The laws and rules governing what is tolerable and what is not are reasonably clear, determined by our government representatives, subject to public discussion and sometimes reversal or modification, and are meant to create a reasonably safe, ordered, non-chaotic society where people are reasonably safe and secure in their lives, persons, and possessions.

  4. kenski2013 says:

    My personal belief is that business, especially big business, and wealthy interests, are a lot more oppressive and controlling than police or government in the USA.

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