“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.