Comment: It's not a question of collectivism.

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It's not a question of collectivism.

It's a question of principle.

The *reason* people wear a uniform and carry a badge is to do things that would be unacceptable (i.e., immoral, bad, evil) for regular people to do, but without consequences. If someone with a uniform and a badge happens to do something good and praiseworthy, they could just as well do it without the uniform and the badge, and anyone could (or at least should) be able to do the same thing.

There are lots of bad consequences of accepting the notion of authority. Not the least of these is that regular people stand by and do nothing when they have every justification for doing good and praiseworthy things---like standing up to the individual thugs in uniform with badges who happen to be doing the evil things they are outfitted to do.

This has nothing to do with collectivism. It has everything to do with principle. Serving the government as a policeman or a soldier has a corrupting influence on all individuals because it is a corrupt activity in principle. An honest and thoughtful cop or soldier will recognize and readily admit this.