by Roger Koppl
The Chicago Tribune gives us another example of the trouble with epistemic monopolies. They uncovered a case in which the police in the Chicago area city of Harvey, Illinois ignored a DNA match in a rape case. In two other rape cases they did not submit the rape kit for analysis.
Madison expressed the liberal dilemma in Federalist 51: “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” We should count the risks of epistemic monopoly among the dangers poised by the police powers of the state. Short of full anarchy, which I don’t personally accept anyway, how could we introduce epistemic competition to municipal policing?