My weekly commentary is up at Center for a Stateless Society. In A Trick and a Treat, I take a look at some recent stories to see how well government protection is working in reality, and contrast liberty and solidarity.
Violence is one of the main things that governments are supposed to protect the public from – just look at the funding of the United States Defense Department compared to the rest of the federal budget. Yet violence not only against military and civilian authorities, but against innocent third parties, is often inspired by aggressive foreign policies. A thorough study headed by University of Chicago professor Robert Pape recently concluded that suicide bombings are primarily triggered by foreign military involvement. And the Iraq War Logs, classified documents released last week by Wikileaks, detail killings and torture that ought to cause outrage.