Do badges cause aggression? Apparently so, as evident by the ample content here on CopBlock.org and the actions depicted in this video of Manchester Fire Department employee Dan Goonan.
Well, I misspoke. It’s inaccurate to say that a piece of metal causes aggression. It doesn’t – anymore so than a two-pound piece of metal that fires projectiles – individuals are responsible for their actions irregardless of the costume they wear. More accurately, it’s the deference given to those who wear badges and the accompanying unaccountability that facilitates such hostility.
These perverse incentives are inherent since this service is “provided” via a one-size-fits-all monopoly that’s sheltered from competition, which means Goonan and his colleagues, like those next door at the police department, lack market signals.
Essentially they’re used to getting their way since their employer can’t be fired for being heavy-handed, inept, or corrupt.
Fundamentals of Voluntaryism: http://voluntaryist.com/fundamentals/index.html
Privatizing Roads: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XUA4h8ctNWM
“Public Choice Theory” tag for content on CopBlock.org: http://copblock.org/tag/public-choice-theory/
All content related to Manchester’s Chalking 8 arrests: http://copblock.org/chalk