It always makes me feel slightly erratic when saying this, but here is a good read from (English version of) Russian Pravda.
On a related note, I’m halfway through a Christmas present that has been quite interesting, namely “The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Stephen Pinker. He is tracing the decline in violence in the West during the last 5 centuries, but what I am so far missing is any statistics over how much of the violence during the last century or so has been committed by the “monopoly provider of law and violence”. There will be a post on that eventually, for all you more anarchistic readers.
Let’s just say, for now, that law and order is a necessity for a functioning society. We are not nor will we ever be a society made of angels, and everyone should be aware of the need to defend themselves against criminals. With this said, however, if most criminals come to be found in the State, then clearly the only reasonable thing to suggest is that focus should be on making the State less dangerous, and not the people.