Hans Hoppe writes in “On Cooperation, Tribe, City, and State”:
“First, almost by definition it follows that with the establishment of a city government interracial, tribal, ethnic, and clannish-familial tensions will increase because the monopolist, whoever he is, must be of one ethnic background rather than another; hence, his being the monopolist will be considered by the citizens of other ethnic backgrounds as an insulting setback, i.e., as an act of arbitrary discrimination against the people of another race, tribe, or clan. The delicate balance of peaceful interracial, interethnic, and interfamilial cooperation, achieved through an intricate system of spatial and functional integration (association) and separation (segregation), will be upset. Second, this insight leads directly to the answer as to how a single judge can possibly outmaneuver all others. In brief, to overcome the resistance by competing judges, an aspiring monopolist must shore up added support in public opinion. In an ethnically mixed milieu this typically means playing the ‘race card.’ The prospective monopolist must raise the racial, tribal, or clannish
consciousness among citizens of his own race, tribe, clan, etc., and promise, in return for their support, to be more than an impartial judge in matters relating to one’s own race, tribe, or clan (that is, exactly what
citizens of other ethnic backgrounds are afraid of, i.e., of being treated
with less than impartiality).”
This is a description of how an illegitimate government monopoly can arise “organically” in a city. It contrasts with the top-down imposition of city government by a state government that I outlined in my last post. However, the racial tensions fit the current situation in Baltimore perfectly; racial and class antagonisms have certainly taken hold of the government, however that government came to be originally.