Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Liberals insist people are basically good. If the cops laid down their guns, then the criminals would see there’s no need to be armed so they’d lay down their guns, too. The world would be a better place if we got rid of the nasty guns.
That’s a lovely vision but it depends on the validity of the underlying assumption: are people basically good? Can we depend on them to be kind and generous and helpful in a crisis, when normal societal constraints are gone? Is there any recent empirical evidence to answer the question?
And it’s not just “progressives”. “Anarchist” libertarianism can only exist with the complete repeal of human nature.