The Only Police Reform That Matters

by | Sep 29, 2022

The Moral Parity Thesis
The conditions under which a person may, in self-defense or the defense of others, deceive, lie to, sabotage, attack, or kill a fellow civilian, or destroy private property, are also conditions under which a civilian may do the same to a government agent (acting ex officio) or government property. The moral parity thesis holds that justifying self-defense or the defense of others against government agents is on par with justifying self-defense or the defense of others against civilians.


– Jason Brennan, Ph.D.,
When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice
(2019, Princeton University Press), p. 11.

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Professor and Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics.


About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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