I am intrigued by the proposal to abolish police. The logic is simple enough: When the state becomes corrupt, the police franchise becomes an abuse and an affront to liberty.
In the back of my mind I also, vaguely, imagine that most criminal behavior derives from mental illness or profound social distress in some form. It is not at all that the criminal is a victim, but that normal people in healthful circumstances don’t tend to commit crimes. The use of violent force to restrain the sick or temporarily distressed seems a mismatch to me.
On the other hand, practicalities remain. Some predictable number of persons — 2% of any given population — are born socio/psychopaths. As surely as some people grow red hair, some will grow into criminals. And they, too, will develop active social circles of their own.
Mass hysteria is another, major, practical concern, as thousands of years of documented history show. There are times when mobs must be stopped.
One can easily see the origins of the police function as a practical matter. Yet humanity has at times produced a different solution to this particular set of unavoidable problems.
The tribal solution the writer describes doesn’t strike me as necessarily the best approach, but that it arises (by natural evolution, I suppose) out of family, kinship and culture is worth pondering.