Nationalism is a young doctrine, birthed as much by the turmoil following the French Revolution as by any debate among the philosophers. In effect, it's a post hoc rationale granting new types and uses of political power to the State.
Heavily-armed police and their supporters will tell you they need all those armored trucks and heavy guns. It's a dangerous job, not least because Americans have so many guns. But the numbers just support these claims: Policing is safer than ever--and it's safer than a lot of common jobs by comparison. Daniel Bier has the analysis. Plus, Iain Murray and Wendy McElroy look at how the Feds are recruiting more and more Americans to do their policework for them.