On State monopoly of power

..Schoolchildren are currently fed the disinformation that Native Americans and other peoples in pre-state societies were inherently peaceable, leaving them uncomprehending, indeed contemptuous, of one of our species greatest inventions, democratice government and the rule of law.....


Armed men are alwas a menace, so police who are not under tight democratic control ca be far worse calamity the the crime and feuding that go on without them. In the twentieth century, according to the political scientist R.J. Rummel in Death by Government, 170 million people were killed by their own governments.....


...shows that civil libertarian concern about abusive police pratices is an indispensable counterweight to the monopoly on violence we grant the state.
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