The cops and the military both run a protection racket. In third world countries, the police and the military are actually the same; some clever wn should cook up a good name for that.
In America today, there is no practical difference between cops and soldiers; not in how…..…. they dress, not in how they act. One wages war abroad, one wages war at home.
The essense of a protection racket is “give us money or something bad will happen.”
Naturally, it helps if you control the bad guys too. You can tell them to do a few “favors” so you have plausible deniability. Then, you can swoop in and save the day.
The USG does that. Most major enemies of the US government has been created by the USG itself, from Osama to crack babies to the Cartels to Red China, including both Communist Cuba and Venezuala.
Cops claim that “criminals” will come and get you if you don’t pay up. The average working man does not have anything that the criminal wants. He has no money, no property, and no weapons. Most of you have absolutely nothing to fear from the criminal classes.