by Mises Institute
This week has been marked by devastating illustrations of why so much of the public distrusts the institutions of the state. On Tuesday, the FBI announced that, in spite of numerous legal precedents otherwise, Hillary Clinton would not be indicted for her mishandling of classified material. The incident was simply the latest example of how the laws of this country do not apply equally for those in power. As Ryan McMaken wrote: “No expense is ever spared when prosecution is politically expedient. When the target is a high-ranking member of the government class, however, then only the most delicate treatment will do.”
Tragically the week ended in violence, with five officers killed in Dallas Thursday during a protest sparked by highly publicized instances of men being killed during interactions with the police. Unfortunately these incidents and their aftermath are likely to only escalate tensions between law enforcement and citizens, further incensed by the withering away of civil liberties and the power enjoyed by un-Constitutional government agencies.