I think it started with David R. Henderson, but I’ve seen plenty of people on “my side” favorably cite Stephen Carter’s take on the Eric Garner case, in which he argues that you shouldn’t favor any laws that you aren’t willing to see police kill people over. (That’s a horrible sentence, I know. Don’t kill me.)
The thing is, I don’t think these guys can really mean what they’re saying. They’re not complete anarcho-capitalists, and yet would they be OK with the police killing someone for failing to pay a $10 tax bill? They’re not anarcho-communists, and yet would they be OK with the police killing a 10-year-old kid for shoplifting a candy bar?
People on “my side” predictably flipped out when Jon Stewart swore at Rand Paul, but I totally understand what Stewart’s problem was. There are plenty of people who are killed by police who weren’t engaged in black market activities. Just as white people get upset when “Jesse Jackson always makes this about race!” so too was Jon Stewart upset at Rand Paul making this about cigarette taxes.