We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Minneapolis City Council members consider disbanding the police
Now the council members are listening to a city that is wounded, angry, fed up with decades of violence disproportionately visited upon black and brown residents. Various private and public bodies – from First Avenue to Minneapolis Public Schools – have essentially cut ties with the police department. Council members are trying to figure out what their next move is.
Their discussion is starting to sound a little more like what groups like Reclaim the Block and the Black Visions Collective have been saying for years. On Tuesday, Fletcher published a lengthy Twitter thread saying the police department was “irredeemably beyond reform,” and a “protection racket” that slows down responses as political payback.
“Several of us on the council are working on finding out what it would take to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity,” he wrote.
The police aren't in existence to protect us from the criminals. The police exist to protect the criminals from US. If the police were to disappear, it might take a week for "vigilance associations" to spring into existence. The "vigilance associations" wouldn't be too concerned with enforcing laws, but in eliminating criminals.
America has had "vigilance associations", or vigilantes, since the early days. And when everybody is armed, criminals can expect to die quickly. Justice? Not so much, but we would find a middle ground between statism and anarchy.
VERY long likes have formed in front of most gun stores, and I read that many gun stores are running out of guns, as city folk have suddenly realized that the police may NOT BOTHER to keep you safe, and that it is ultimately the responsibilities of each of us to stand up for ourselves and our neighbors.