Liberty & Govt. at Work: Do We Live in a Police State?

Do we live in a police state? Lew Rockwell makes a convincing argument that we do.

The Police State Abolishes the Trial by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.: Trials in federal criminal cases are rare. Nine in ten cases are settled in pleas like the above case. Only 3 percent of the cases go to trial. Among those that go to trial, the defendant wins once in every 212 times.

David Henderson agrees.

Yes, It Is a Police State – The Freeman: As regular readers know, I’m not one for hyperbole, so perhaps some are thinking that my title is ironic. Nope, I mean it. An accumulation of events in recent months leads me to no other conclusion than that we are in fact living in a police state in the good old US of A.

Radley Balko always does a good job covering this topic.

Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, and metal detectors?  Do we want to imprison every disturbed or alienated individual who fantasizes about violence?  Do we really believe government can provide total security?  Or can we accept that liberty is more important than the illusion of state-provided security? Freedom is not defined by safety.  Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference unless they use force or fraud against others.  Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place.  Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives.
– Dr. Ron Paul ( http://bit.ly/qYJv6P )

Steven Horwitz also agrees.

Additional links:
SWAT Team Raids: Overkill Fit Only for a Police State
Why the Left Fears Libertarianism …
Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant – Rochester Edition
Never Talk to the Police
‘These past 10 years have shown that America does not give in to fear’ …