I once defined ‘government’ as ‘a system of murder, rape, extortion, coercion, theft, intimidation, and terror, the absence of which, it is said, would lead to disorder.’ If you doubt this characterization then confront these hard facts: during the 20th century, governments managed to kill 200 million men, women, and children in wars, genocides, and other acts of formalized violence. During that same century, how many people were killed by individuals acting without political authority?
All government is, in its essence, organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.
Americans had better wake up! It can happen to you. No federal agent was held accountable for murdering a mother and her child at Ruby Ridge. No federal agent was held accountable for the massacre of women and children at Waco. These same unaccountable and deadly forces have now been given unprecedented police powers in the name of ‘the war on terror.’
Theft is, of course, always most effectively perpetrated when disguised as law and underwritten by the threat of political violence – i.e., when it is committed by the State.
Levies used to be exacted by sheer brigandage and the overt threat of physical force; now, the means are more subtle. Laymen call them: Debt, Taxes, and Paper Money.
Why is it that Washington, D.C.–which is the producer and manager of much of the political violence in our world–also has the highest murder rate of any major American city? Is this only a matter of coincidence, or might it be that the coercive nature of this city’s activities has made it an attractor for violence in other forms?
Neither will we be intimidated and neither will we despair, because we are fighting the biggest of all big lies, the idea that the state is a means of security and salvation.
All things are subject to the law of cause and effect.
Obviously, governments should be abolished. No human institution has been so pernicious, so harmful, so successful at producing misery, poverty, and fear. Would that bring us heaven on earth? Of course not. We would still have ambitious men, willing to succeed at our expense; but they would no longer be able to hide behind the façade of government, which legitimizes the use of force. Absent that justification, they would be revealed for what they really are: brigands, thieves, and con men. Their futures would include, not handsome retirement benefits and honors, but tar and feathers, jail, and even shotguns.
America’s at the awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.