David Pakman is obviously concerned that “abolish the police” rhetoric is going to scare the hell out of suburban swing voters and undermine Biden’s electoral chances. I would agree with that if I gave a shit about Biden’s electoral chances. Predictably, the policing system that David is advocating is more or less what they have in some Scandinavian countries like Norway (i.e. police as professional class social workers). However, he is correct that the defund the police movement is going to not only be co-opted by progressive welfare-statists (which David favors) but also by “conservatives” (plutocrats) who would simply replace the conventional police with Blackwater-like mercenaries as “private police” (which is more or less the system they have Latin America).
–As “abolish the police,” “defund the police,” and other similar slogans quickly spread, we explore whether this is the right approach to fix the problems with our police departments
Tom Woods raises some important questions about “defunding the police” that left, right, and center libertarians (along with honest socialists and dissident rightists) should consider. The “progressives” aren’t going to give up on their beloved managerial state and social engineering this easily. And the now-hated suburbanite “Karens” are certainly not going to do so. Nor are the “liberal” champions of the federal police state (yeah, Nancy Pelosi is really going to defund the FBI, DEA, and BATF). Nor will the ruling class proper give up the private police that surrounds their gated communities. As Vince points out, the progressives/liberals are going to try to co-opt the defund the police movement and bend it toward expanding the welfare state, and while ignoring the actual anti-policing part.
By Tom Woods
Defund the police?
Sure, and everything else the state does.
And there’s the problem.
If you want to defund the police, but still expect 64,722 victimless crimes to be punished, well, violent enforcement is going to have to be reintroduced somewhere.