Joe Arpaio: Aspiring Cannibal?

Article by Brad Spangler. This guy is Exhibit A in the case for propaganda by the deed.

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is literally roasting prisoners alive. Temperatures inside the tents at the prison camp the Sheriff operates are reaching 145°F. By way of comparison, a round of roast beef is said to be medium-rare when it reaches a core temperature of 130°F to 140°F.

Obviously, this is a horrific crime on the part of the Sheriff and all working for him. While it’s common to label such abuses under statism as an aberration, both the ovens of Maricopa County and Dachau are logical consequences of the perverse economic incentives of monopoly government.

The entire punishment-based approach to justice, including punishment for victimless non-crimes such as drug use or being Jewish, is an example of the Misesian calculation problem in the context of the state’s monopoly of law. Abuses such as Arpaio’s are an inevitable result so long as monopoly government is in place.

Market anarchists correctly recognize genuine crimes to be best understood as torts. Any genuine offense is an offense precisely because it’s an injury to someone else who did not deserve it. If some behavior could not be treated as a tort, it is injustice to treat it as a crime. No victim, no crime.

Flowing from the above is the understanding that justice is not punishment but compulsory restitution. Yet without a free market for adjudication of disputes, the monopoly state has no way to find rational price information for compensation of victims — no more so than Soviet central planners could figure out a rational price for a loaf of bread that would keep bread on the shelves without terror.

The state, any state, is in all cases economically blind and can’t calculate. As a result, the state must maintain the pretense that arbitrary punishment is justice, instead, and insulate those who carry it out from the liability costs for their criminal (i.e. tortious) actions that a free market would place upon them.

SEE ALSO: Send Me to Arizona to Free Arpaio’s Political Prisoners

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  1. I have nothing against Brad Spangler, but I think the problem he identifies here is more based on the fact that he holds to market anarchism than anything else. I actually think the phenomenon of Sheriff Joes is one of the best arguments against democracy, that shit head has been elected more I don’t know how many times and he is somewhat of a folk hero to many. I happen to think the reason for that is that at bottom, it isn’t out of some desire for justice as it is the fact that most people are cowards when it comes down to it. They will try to sugarcoat with supposedly noble righteous indignation toward lawbreakers, but when it comes down to it, it is the fear of being victimized that drives this kind of garbage, IMO. Good old Sheriff Joe protects us from the bad guy and makes us feel all safe.

    ON the other hand, I actually prefer goofball authoritarians like Arpaio who are recognized as being clowns as opposed to the sophisticated respectable authoritarians like Giuliani (or Bloomberg), who are fawned over by all the respectable media. Even if the Arpaio’s of the world are worse, at least they upfront about their authoritarianism and they come across exactly as the buffoons they are.

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