The Bill of Rights was designed trustfully to prohibit forever two of the favorite crimes of all known governments: the seizure of private property without adequate compensation and the invasion of the citizen’s liberty without justifiable cause….yet…these prohibitions were put into the hands of courts, which is to say, into the hands of lawyers, which is to say, into the hands of men specifically educated to discover legal excuses for dishonest, dishonorable and anti-social acts.
He who is unaware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge.
But today, the imperial nature of the presidency is proven by this fact alone: it has the power to destroy the world with the push of a button, without consulting anyone. This is no idle threat. The US remains the only government in human history to have dropped nuclear weapons on people, it has far more weapons than anyone else, and remains the only country that reserves to itself the right of first strike. How would Washington or Jefferson have viewed that?
Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees.
Were the thief capable of time-lapse thinking, he would clearly see that a population of thieves would perish. Millions of people participate in legal plunder, that is, they urge government to do the looting for them.
Any two men will usually agree that neither may justly take the other’s property or life. Nor does either owe the other obedience; that would be slavery. But somehow……..the state asserts its right to do things that would be wrongs and crimes between private men. And most people accept this claim! They think they have a moral duty to obey power!
The state is nothing more than institutionalized violence that we have become conditioned to revere. In the marketplace, people are persuaded to cooperate and exchange with one another in anticipation of being rewarded for doing so. Political systems, by contrast, induce participation in their schemes through compulsion. In place of rewards, threats to the loss of one’s life, liberty, or property are held out as the consequences of disobedience.
Anyone who really expects [TSA airport] searches like these to protect airliners is so abysmally dense that he might as well be a Congressman.
To say that society requires the state amounts to saying that human social life depends on granting some men the power to kill and enslave others, rather than on freedom, love, cooperation, and production……..Force is the mortal enemy of creation.
An unexpected challenge like the [Washington DC area] sniper catches the state unprepared and exposes its real nature. Its legitimacy rests on its claim that it protects us from crime, but its own activities are essentially criminal. It claims a monopoly of force, but now a competitor is denying that monopoly and it is helpless.