When I woke up this morning, I discovered that Eris had slipped this little gem under my door. It is an excellent discussion of the Law of Eristic Escalation and how it relates to law enforcement today.
The growing police state is the product at an attempt to impose destructive order upon chaos. As this wrong-minded order grows, so too does the disorder it creates. Our current predicament is a feedback loop in which two sides of the destructive coin -criminals and authoritarians- continue to drive one another to new heights of unsustainable growth. There can be no doubt that the world has its share of ‘bad guys’. But when we create an order of ‘good guys’ who use the same destructive behavior as their counterparts, we escalate the situation. You cannot fight fire with fire while creating more flammable conditions. Our attempt to compete with social problems by creating new ones is a game that nobody can win.