When law enforcement vanishes, all manner of violence breaks out: looting, settling old scores, ethnic cleansing, and petty warfare among gangs, warlords and mafias. This was obvious in the remnants of Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and parts of Africa in the 1990s, but can also happen in countries with a long tradition of civility. As a young teenager in proudly peaceable Canada during the romantic 1960s, I was a true believer in Bakunin’s anarchism. I laughed off my parents’ argument that if the government ever laid down its arms all hell would break loose. Our competing predictions were put to the test at 8:00 A.M. on October 17, 1969, when the Montreal police went on strike. By 11:20 A.M. the first bank was robbed. By noon most downtown stores had closed because of looting. Within a few more hours, taxi drivers burned down the garage of a limousine service that had competed with them for airport customers, a rooftop sniper killed a provincial police officer, rioters broke into several hotels and restaurants, and a doctor slew a burglar in his suburban home. By the end of the day, six banks had been robbed, a hundred shops had been looted, twelve fires had been set, forty carloads of storefront glass had been broken, and three million dollars in property damage had been inflicted, before city authorities had to call ni the army and, of course, the Mounties to restore order. This decisive empirical test left my politics in tatters (and offered a foretaste of life as a scientist).
In defense of our Canadian friends, they're so used to having the rules enforced for them, it's hard for them to self-enforce.
Here's a P. S. in the middle I. S. intrascript? Anyhow, Al Perez writes:
Back around 1980 the Albuquerque the PD went on strike.
They had announced it was coming. The people of Albuquerque
armed themselves and crime went down the day of the strike.
The unorganized militia rose up to defend their city. Guess that's
not a Canadian tradition. The cops ended the strike the next day.
I think Al's right. Not a Canadian tradition, and especially not a French Canadian tradition. They seem to be far more dependent on law enforcement personnel than we are, largely because they're taught that they should be.
So what we have is another terrific theory of human behavior that will work just fine as soon as we change human nature into something that is compatible with it, like communism, liberalism, or all that good Ayn Rand stuff also demand.
Well, libertarians are all about freedom, so what can we tell them about how to get to a society based on freedom? We sort of accidentally had ourselves a free society before the Revolution, what with the King paying very little attention to us, but — the King was always there, available to weigh in and enforce laws if we stopped self-enforcing.
To finally get to the point, libertarians mostly don't understand that a free society at any level of development can't sustain itself without some kind of borders, natural or artificial, preventing it from being swamped, overwhelmed, outgunned or outvoted by interlopers. They make up all kinds of scenarios proving that this wouldn't happen, but none are remotely convincing. If they're right about the near-automatic superiority of a free society as to consumer goods and quality of life as whole, and I believe that they are, such societies are powerful parasite-magnets, as we can see from the "Syrian refugee" crisis going on now. You'll note that they're not trying to get into Haiti.
Real freedom, some of us are finding out, isn't the freedom to do bizarre things but the freedom to do things that come naturally to you. Put another way, it's the freedom to be yourself, and that means freedom for your ethnic group to dominate the public square and make your habits, beliefs, and folkways the default for most purposes. A loose domination, but enough to protect you from, say, having to listen to the Muslim call to prayer, Adhan [link], five bloody times a day whether you want to or not, not to mention looking at the mosque itself:
And there you have it. You might even like it. I might even like it. But do I have the "right" to make everybody else listen to it? In Tunisia or Bangla Desh, sure. They're Muslim countries. They want to hear it. It reinforces their sense of identity. In Switzerland or Japan, hell no. They want church bells and bwanngs from Shinto temple gongs (I'm guessing). So, practically speaking, "rights" are not the same in different countries, and pretending that they are is a joke. The province of flaked-out liberals in coffee shops and their libertarian Useful Idiots.
Mark Smith has thought about this a lot, and written the following at http://therightstuff.biz/2016/09/24/the-true-call-of-liberty/
The True Call of Liberty
Quibcag: Number one is illustrated by the Nyotalia (the female version of Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).) conception of the mascot of the United States. Pretty cute. The second is illustrated by (ahem!) half this blogging team, Baloo, who drew this picture of Hillary some time back and keeps dragging it out, fishing for compliments. The third, heavily edited one, features Akane and Ranma of Ranma ½ (らんま½) , four is Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).) again, five is Lum of Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら), then Erwin of Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァーGāruzu ando Pantsā), and, finally, Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina (ラブ ひな Rabu Hina).