The Kobayashi Marumoto Test comes from the lore of Star Trek. Cadets of the star fleet academy faced a hopeless scenario, in order to test their character.

Larken Rose has his version of the Kobayashi Marumoto test; he wants to ask us when we would use violence in self-defense against a cop.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you wish that you had prepared by thinking about violent self-defense with respect to cops, you have already lost. You face a hopeless scenario, where the best possible outcome is something like what happened to Randy Weaver. That is, you will only spend a certain amount of time in jail, only a few of your family members will get killed, and a few people actually will notice that injustice was dealt to you, but will soon forget. You will have lost both at the personal level and from the perspective of the voluntary society.

Rather than “when is self-defense justified?”, the question we should answer is “How do I know when it is time to escape?” If you have self-defense against cops on the table, you waited to long.

Consider this question: “What can I do now to reduce the risk that I will ever face this sort of choice?”

What can we learn from Randy Weaver or David Koresh? Both of them ended up in a gunfight with federal agents before the cattle car doors closed. One of them even managed to survive. But they lost, and lost big.
James Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru test. He hacked the computer, adding an option that allowed him to win. He cheated. We should learn from him, learn to look ahead and make the unexpected move. If they come for you, don’t be there. Better yet, hack their computer, so they never come for you.