On the Police

Police cars used to display – and some may still – their supposed purpose, something to the effect of, “To Serve and Protect”. Naturally, when people read this, they assume it means to serve and protect them. Actually, they’re wrong. The police are not security for the people. Rather, they are law enforcement. Their mission is to enforce the law, however just it may be, and as any good voluntaryist knows, state law is always unjust. Indeed, the purpose of the police is to serve and protect the state, its illegitimate authority, its edicts, and its ill-gotten property. The state is the greatest enemy of society, and the police are the state’s muscles. They may behave friendly in order to foster “public trust,” but such is an act of pulling the wool over our eyes. And that’s today’s two cents.