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Eric Peters @ LRC: Where DO Cops come From? Corporatist Private Security Origins of Modern Police Force.

NO ESCAPE: When your 'Company Town,' becomes the Whole Country.

Via LewRockwell.com:

Where Do Cops Come From?

May 24, 2013
By Eric Peters

Ever wonder how come there are men (and women) in costumes “policing” the rest of us?

Most people accept this relationship as both given – and eternal. That there have always been men (if not always women) in costumes “policing” the rest of us. But, in fact, it’s a relatively novel thing. Think back to your schooldays. Do you recall any mention of police when you were learning about the colonial era and the American Revolution? There were sheriffs, yes – and the local militia. But these were concerned mostly with keeping the peace – that is, stepping in when someone harmed someone else. Up to and even during the Civil War – a titanic struggle between the fading remnants of the old republican idea and the centralized, omnipotent state that took its place – the idea of police as we know it was essentially unknown.

It is a modern concept – one developed out of the company town idea.

You may or may not recall the company town. It is a place – once upon a time, a very real place – in which the company not only employs nearly everyone but also controls nearly everyone. During work hours and – most relevant in terms of the discussion at hand – the rest of the time, too. This is achieved by paying the workers not in specie, but in “script” or tin coinage or some other form of fiat currency issued by the company – and good at the company stores in the company town where all the company workers live. Even the worker’s homes are company homes. In the company town, everything you did was the company’s business. And to keep it all nicely organized, there were company police.

Eric Peters [send him mail] is an automotive columnist and author of Automotive Atrocities and Road Hogs (2011). Visit his website.

Copyright © 2013 Eric Peters

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Nice post.

What would the Founders do?

Circa 490 BC ~ Scythian Archer Slaves Policed Ancient Athens.

Ancient Athens, Greece Used Slaves for Watchman Police. Submitted by Mark Twain on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 01:00. [Policing a city is an ancient practice – one developed before the 5th century BC. Cited is Athens, where forengn slaves did the policing.]
Scythian bow artifacts. Scythian Archers policed ancient Athens, Greece. A ‘police-force’ of Scythian archers, armed with ropes dipped in red paint, would try to herd those citizens present in the city to the Pnyx for the meetings. The late-comers tainted with red paint lost their right to payment.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


changed eh, Samuel Clemens?

there has never been 'peace officers,' just euphemism for the next iteration of private, corporatist Praetorian Guards for the Ruling Class and their dutiful commissars.

it's like: when have police ever NOT been purely political police??

it's an absurd notion, even if one were delusional enough to believe that we currently 'are a free society,' to think free sovereign adults in such supposed 'free society' would EVER need to be herded like cattle, by their own EMPLOYERS, no less.

will they go the way of DoDo, post currency collapse and/or monetary reboot?


stay tuned, my friend. stay tuned...

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul