Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, March 23, 2015

John Oliver On Municipal Violations: Shut Down The F*** Barrel!

I’ve never received a speeding ticket before, and I most definitely don’t want to after watching John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight segment on municipal violations, and how little people have been royally screwed over citations and fines—or as Mr. Oliver most succinctly put it, been forced into the f*** barrel:

I really hope this smacks sense into people who still insist that Ferguson was an “isolated incident.” Because it freaking isn’t. It’s a freaking systemic problem that turns law enforcement officers into profiteering racketeers.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: making a service “public” does not remove the “profit motive”: it merely turns it into a monopoly that removes any incentive to do a good job—because if people are forced to pay for what you do, it really doesn’t matter if you’re doing a good job or not.