I used to completely agree with socialist solutions to issues in a democratic system and market economy.
I was a supporter of Bernie in the 2016 election, but had a wake up call when I started to study government and economics more and discovered Agorism, Larken Rose, Murray Bookchin, Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
Government is made up of people and they are always fallible and corruptible and no amount of laws can stop someone in power from being corrupted.
The only answer is to take the power away from government and take back our money.
There needs to be oversight of goods and services, but that oversight doesn’t have to be through government and funded by taxation.
Government is one of the most inept structures to provide goods and services. Look at the Flint, Mi water crisis.
It was all done by government and no one went to jail.
Why? Because both the services and the oversight was provided by the same system of government. Making it overpriced, and of dangerous quality and unaccountable.
If the people of Flint were free to contract with a private company for water services they would be provided a better price and better accountability and they would have CHOICE where to spend their money voluntarily.
If the private water company poisoned people it would go out of business, be stripped of assets and some people would be jailed, but not so in a government controlled system.
The same goes for primary education. If parents paid the schools directly instead of being forced to pay taxes, they could use their choice and that would drive higher quality than we have with federal schooling. Take a look at the success rates of “no child left behind” and “common core” and see how central governments fail at providing services.
Privatize the Police
“….Free-market police would not only be efficient, they would have a strong incentive to be courteous and to refrain from brutality against either their clients or their clients’ friends or customers. A private Central Park would be guarded efficiently in order to maximize park revenue, rather than have a prohibitive curfew imposed on innocent — and paying — customers. A free market in police would reward efficient and courteous police protection to customers and penalize any falling off from this standard. No longer would there be the current disjunction between service and payment inherent in all government operations, a disjunction which means that police, like all other government agencies, acquire their revenue, not voluntarily and competitively from consumers, but from the taxpayers coercively. In fact, as government police have become increasingly inefficient, consumers have been turning more and more to private forms of protection. We have already mentioned block or neighborhood protection. There are also private guards, insurance companies, private detectives, and such increasingly sophisticated equipment as safes, locks, and closed-circuit TV and burglar alarms. The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice estimated in 1969 that government police cost the American public $2.8 billion a year, while it spends $1.35 billion on private protection service and another $200 million on equipment, so that private protection expenses amounted to over half the outlay on government police. These figures should give pause to those credulous folk who believe that police protection is somehow, by some mystic right or power, necessarily and forevermore an attribute of State sovereignty.”
Read More: https://mises.org/wire/privatize-police