Calgary police didn’t need to raid the Days Inn hotel Wednesday night. The owners of the hotel were obviously fine with Larsen’s rally, everything going on there was based on consensual relations.
Except the relationship with police. Across the country and for the last 150 years, Canadian police services have been monopolized by the democratic state.
Although the idea might have started with good intentions, the reality in this day and age is that the police operate on the Soviet-economic model.
Calgary taxpayers can’t cease paying for bad law enforcement.
Economic calculation in the market directs entrepreneurs to satisfy consumer demands through consensual, voluntary exchange.
Only governmental agencies and their cronies are exempt from this process.
But society doesn’t spring up with a government police force already in place.
Once people have reduced interpersonal violence enough to allow them to live together and trade and prosper, policing entities naturally arise to provide law enforcement services.
I’m willing to bet there are Brink’s vans transporting currency and other valuable assets for private customers like banks and businesses.
I bet the University of Calgary has their own private security, as do shopping malls and gated communities.
I bet there are companies that specialize in home security systems.
I bet there are lawyers in Calgary that arbitrate outside the courts because taxpayer-funded monopoly courts are incredibly slow and bureaucratic. Likewise, government-monopoly police services are increasingly showing their ineptitude at reflecting the values of their respected communities.