“It is just shocking. I mean, I don’t know if you guys look at this stuff, but… no matter how much a police officer overreacts to something, whether it’s a thirteen year old in a school who mouths off and he just… beats the heck out of a kid and tackles him and breaks his nose, people will always say in the comments of those news articles stuff like: ‘Well, you know, these police are putting their lives on the line every day!’ You know what I mean? They could do anything, literally anything, and there would be people who just rush to their defense. That happens because it’s a monopoly. People think that they have to choose between having law enforcement or not. And then ‘Well yeah if we have to have it, sometimes, people, they overreact or whatever but that’s the cost of living in a society of laws.’ But no it’s not. That’s the cost of living in a society where one group has a monopoly on law enforcement.”
-Robert Murphy, The Market for Security.