So two NYPD officers were shot at point-blank range inside their car by someone claiming to be avenging the death of Mike Brown. This is obviously a tragedy and completely unjustified.
Violence is only justified in self-defense, and the only way that this killing would be justified is if these cops had just gone out and murdered someone.
While I regard all cops as guilty until proven innocent, armed enforcers of the political class, there is no way that randomly killing police is ever justified.
Or beneficial to the cause of liberty, peace or justice. No matter how intense the level of police abuse is, murdering cops in cold blood is the last thing you want to do to gain sympathy, attention and change.
Violence is never the answer, we say, and that is all well and good. But to those are who holding the killing of these police officers as some type of sympathy move for law enforcement officers - violence is never the answer, they say - then how come this logic doesn't apply to proponents of state power?
If anti-police activists have to answer for the views and actions of a crazed gunman, then anyone advocating state power of any kind should also have to answer for the violence of their beloved institution.
How come nobody has to first apologize for the murder of a million Muslims in Iraq whenever running for office or proposing a new law? Or to the millions of people locked away in government rape cages for engaging in non-violent market activity? Or the endless amount of death, destruction, and looting that occurs on a daily basis by the state?
The list of state atrocities could fill up multiple libraries, yet is viewed as "public policy."
Private individuals are most often held to a high moral standard. Murderers, rapists and thieves are - and should be - scorned, punished and held responsible for their actions. But it is time that public criminals, who commit more acts of violence than private individuals could ever dream of, face similar consequences.
And that can only happen when we see the state apparatus for what it is (legalized violence) and what it is not (those that act for the common good, general welfare, etc.). Withdraw consent, circumvent their tyranny, and shine as many lights as you can on their depravity.
This is the most important insight of classical liberal/libertarian thought: that the state should abide the same moral rules as the rest of us. It is a practical and simple idea, yet in this day age, it is unfortunately the most revolutionary.
"Because I do it with a small boat, I am called a pirate and a thief. You, with a great navy, molest the world and are called an emperor" - a pirate to Alexander the Great, from St. Augustine's 'City of God.'