Worst Oz libertarian blog idea ever?
Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-06-17
This from the Australian Libertarian Society blog made my jaw drop.
Worried about bad cops, John Humphreys suggests that councils purchase police services from a range of police providers.
The best solution to this that I can see (besides strong checks and balances) is to introduce greater competition in the "security market". This would provide an incentive to provide a better service, for a lower cost, and allow greater diversity. The easiest way to introduce competition in the Australian system is to allow each local council to choose thier police provider.
This is like saying "the best solution to getting oxygen into the body (apart from breathing) is to pump oxygen in through a urethral catheter".
Ye gods! Having each instance of the most incompetent and corrupt tier of government hiring from service providers (and the corrupt cops are well-versed in standover tactics) is… words fail me!
Even ALS blog denizens started choking and emitting phrases like "anarcho-capitalist" in response to the post.
What next, councils and states able to choose their own military services suppliers?
Perhaps the only thing Humphreys might stop at is letting each council have it’s own rules for contract law.
If anyone knows a worse idea from the ALS blog (which, as I said, can have the odd sensible point), then let us know.