“Justice Without the State” by Bruce Benson

Last Friday when in Tallahassee I had the opportunity to sit-down with Bruce Benson, chair of the economics department at Florida State University and author of much literature studying the subjection of law creation and enforcement to market forces.

At Cop Block our noted goals are “police accountability, education of individual rights and the dissemination of effective tactics to utilize while filming police.” This video touches on the current lack of police accountability present with a top-down, one-size fits-all bureaucracy and seeks to educate and inform the viewer about potential alternatives that are more rights-respecting and cost-efficient.

What Benson says makes sense to me!

The problem I faced after our talk was not a shortage of good footage but over 20 minutes of solid content – of Benson communicating his ideas and buttressing them with historic and modern day support such as international trade which operates absent of governments through mutually-agreed upon arbitration (something the USSR had to utilize as no one trusted their courts) and railroad police which are private and thus more accountable and effective.

For more, pick up a copy of The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State from the good folks at the Mises Institute (and be on the lookout for its reprint through the Independent Institute). It’s a book that was recommended to me by a colleague that I’ve since hyped-up and loaned-out to many others.


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.