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Private security now policing Detroit

Posted: November 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm   /   by

Decades of mismanagement have produced a Detroit with a fleeing, ever-dwindling population and tax base, and a crime rate that is 5 times the national average. The police cannot respond; there aren’t enough of them and there isn’t enough money to hire more.

And yet, lo and behold, private security firms can fill in some of the gaps.

This is not one of those areas where I think the private sector should replace the public. Internal security IS one of the few actual legitimate functions of government. Indeed, it is one of the core reasons why we empower government in the first place. However, that doesn’t mean that the private sector cannot help!

And, of course, this is yet another example of how human beings engaged involuntary cooperation, can achieve what government often cannot.

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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