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Did We Pass The Test?

Did We Pass The Test?

I’ve recently been reading a couple of books and watched a lot of video clips about the terrorist attacks that took place on 22. July 2011 in Norway. I was personally in Oslo at the time of the bombing and I heard the bang, although at the time I thought it was related to building construction. Naturally, the event received saturation level coverage in all the news media in the weeks that followed. The public displays of unity that bound…

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The Dangers of Politicized Policing

The Dangers of Politicized Policing

We are seeing the metastasizing of an extremely troublesome and worrying trend across the United States. Policing is being controlled by overtly political leaders. The protection law enforcement is supposed to offer equally, is increasingly being withheld from those outside the acceptable range of opinion. We saw this phenomenon multiple times during Trump rallies last year. Feral mobs of left-wing rioters were allowed to do whatever they wanted without police interference. In some cases, it has become known that mayors…

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Policing in The Age of Information Warfare: Neo-Nazi March

Policing in The Age of Information Warfare: Neo-Nazi March

More than any other current issue, the public debate over how the Norwegian police handled the recent protest march by the Nordic Resistance Movement has captured my interest. As can be expected the calls for the free speech rights of this particular group to be suppressed aren’t far between. As somewhat of a free speech fundamentalist myself, I find it deeply troubling that there seems to be so few people capable or willing to take a principled approach to this…

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Law-Abiding Law Breakers

Law-Abiding Law Breakers

It just struck me that even though criminals such as thieves, pick-pockets, white collar criminals, burglars and so on are breaking the law, they still adhere to a certain set of rules. Breaking the law doesn’t mean that the criminal embraces total anarchy, going on a destructive rampage causing as much mayhem as possible. A shoplifter might pay the bus fare. A pick-pocketer might be selective in their choice of victims (apart from finding marks with outward signs of wealth),…

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The Vacuum at the Core of the Monopoly of Violence

The Vacuum at the Core of the Monopoly of Violence

One of the defining characteristics of modern states is the monopoly on the “legitimate” use of force. This monopoly as the term implies precluded other actors from exercising defensive violence. When the monopolists fail to utilize that monopolized force, a vacuum is created where the “legitimate” violence should have been. The G20 this week in Germany is a great example of this. Despite the presence of 20 thousand police (some claim the actual number is closer to 50 thousand) violent…

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Why the Truth Matters

Why the Truth Matters

I find myself having a lot of socially uncomfortable positions on a wide range of issues. Hiding my political viewpoints consumes a lot of effort and is emotionally draining. As I’m an introvert with limited social skills, this protects the relationships that I have. The merits of this approach can be debated. I have an enormous amount of respect for the people with enough courage to be open about political viewpoints that are frowned upon. Their effort is key in…

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