The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

This should be a very familiar topic for Agitators:

This paper develops the political economy of the militarization of domestic policing. We analyze the mechanisms through which the “protective state” — where the government utilizes its monopoly on force to protect citizens’ rights — devolves into a “predatory state” which undermines the rights of the populace. We apply our theory to the U.S., where we trace the (failed) historical attempts to establish constraints to separate the military functions and policing functions of government. In doing so we emphasize the role of crises in the form of perpetual wars — the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” — in the accelerated militarization of domestic policing.

This is from Coyne and Hall at the economics department of George Mason University. SSRN here.

-Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform

Hat Tip: Abhi Sivasailam

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2 Responses to “The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    War is for the good of the state.


  2. #2 |  Ariel | 

    And sometimes good for the people too. Cliches bore me, especially ones not well thought out.