The Defund/Abolish the Police movement is neither libertarian nor coherent. It isn't about replacing the police with private or community-based defense against crime. It's based on the notion that if the government takes enough money from people and gives it to poor people, no police will be necessary. 1/4
The first absurdity is the notion that handouts would abolish crime. The people behind the movement seem to think that rich people never steal and that people never commit crimes for reasons other than lack of money or social services. Logically, this has to include criminal cops. It means we hand them money instead of punishing their crimes. 2/4
The second absurdity is that abolishing the police would eliminate the means by which the government takes from some and gives to others. They seem to think that people will keep handing over tax money when there's no risk of being arrested or having their homes taken. 3/4
Many ridiculous proposals can be attributed to stupidity, but this goes beyond the limit. Hardly anyone is dumb enough to believe a government can redistribute income without an enforcement arm. What the movement wants is to replace the existing police with its a new force that will serve its agenda. 4/4
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