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Friday, November 17, 2006

Why Radley Balko is my favorite libertarian

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A few months ago, I attended the annual Federalist Society luncheon where D.C.'s conservative legal minds gather for an irreverent review of the previous Supreme Court term. This year's keyonte was former Bush administration solicitor general Ted Olsen. One of the principles Olsen said we could count on new justices Alito and Roberts upholding was a reliable "deference to our law enforcement officers."

I've never understood why this is considered a conservative principle. Why would a philosophy that claims a healthy mistrust of government defer to those agents of the government who are least accountable, and in that they're permitted to use deadly force on citizens, most in need of oversight?