Most people will tell you that they think laws are in place to keep you safe. They're kind of right.
Written laws originated to protect the citizens from violence, theft and to secure the sanctity of business transactions (not surprising - taxes were levied based upon amounts traded, grown or built). The act and the punishment were spelled out for all to see. Not much else was covered by the laws.
America was similar -
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
We started out with a single piece of paper that directed the government to protect us from violence and invasion, run a court system and pretty much leave us be (that's the Blessings of Liberty part).
Oh, how we've strayed. I heard this quote during the week -
Every law is a point of conflict between the citizens and the government.
Amen, brother. Most laws now direct us how to live, what and how to buy, and attempt to persuade or command our actions.
Think about something as seemingly innocuous as building codes. They're there to protect you, right? So says they government official getting paid to enforce the laws written by other government officials.
Why should anyone be able to tell me what and how I can build on my own property? Unless I've agreed to certain standards (via Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions when I buy the property) who has the right to tell me I can't make a home out of mud and grass, river rocks or 2x4's to MY specifications?
When I go to sell my property, the buyer inspects the property and structures and determines their value. If I misrepresent the quality of the structures, I get sued by the new owner for theft (fraud).
The buyer and I are the parties in the transaction, not the government. Yet they granted themselves the right to tell me how to act.
If I try to build my structure to my standards and .GOV finds out, they'll fine me for non-compliance. If I don't pay and comply, they'll come and tear down the structure. If I defend my property, I'll be killed by government employees.
Look what recently happened in Seattle. They passed a law making it illegal to have more than 10% of your garbage be, "compostable material" - fruit, vegetables, paper. Someone is actually paid to monitor compliance.
The law "protects the environment". Bullshit. It protects and builds government paychecks.
Like the zoning laws, some bureaucrat knows better than you on how you should behave. You have no choice in the matter.
Don't comply, you get fined. Don't pay and comply - and resist - you can get dead.
And that brings us to New York City. The spawning ground for the, "We Know Better Than You" crowd.
A man is selling cigarettes one at a time. In what is stupefying, even for New York, that, too is - amazingly - against the law.
NYC knows better than you. You see, if you can't buy smokes one at a time, you'll quit smoking. They're doing it for you! You're too stupid to see the light, so it gets shoved up your ass. You'll then be happy and healthy and a contributing member of NYC society.
Apparently many don't agree with this line of thinking, as many people sell these one-off cigarettes. They even have a name: Loosies. The seller in question had actually been harassed, detained and arrested numerous times for doing this.
But he chose not to comply - in fact he chose to resist. He resisted against the enforcers of a law designed to regulate the actions and decisions of the supposedly free people of New York. Actions and decisions which would not infringe on the rights of any other New Yorker.
And now he'd dead.
The law was the reason for his death, the police officer was just the weapon. He was a victim of the Nanny State in the truest sense of the word.
Living in California, I have many such similar opportunities to not comply with "the law". And I do so every day.
Would I resist if I were caught not complying? I guess it would depend on which law I was blowing off.
I have no desire to die, but I also have no desire to live like a caged, brain-addled pet. Let's hope it never gets to that point.
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