Apr 08 2014

Introducing the LPD (Libertarian Police Department)

Tom O’Donnell imagines what it would look like if Ayn Rand and her devotees ran the country according to their ideas. It begins:

I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.
“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”
“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

A Bit of Fry and Lurie also did a sketch along these lines a long time ago.


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  1. 1

    After all, everybody knows private enterprise is always more efficient than a government-run one. Plus, on rare occasions government law enforcement arrests and sometimes even convicts the wrong person, i.e., a rich white guy. A Libertarian Police Department would never allow such a gross miscarriage of justice.

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    Nick Gotts

    Ah, I’d forgotten most of that, although I did remember “Britlaw plc”!

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

    I’m still laughing.

  4. 4

    I read a book that has this as the premise more or less: Jennifer Government. A quick read and pretty good.

  5. 5

    You might enjoy this as well: The Non-Libertarian Police Department except it’s all stuff that has actually happened. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/04/nlpd-non-libertarian-police-department/360224/

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