Archive for July 2010

Mugged by the State

Every day, people are mugged by the state. By this I mean that they are assaulted and robbed. Most people don’t expect to be mugged by the state, but it happens all the time. To the victim, the mugging appears to be entirely random. While the mugging may be targeted, or it may merely be policy, the effect on the victim is the same in any event.

For example, a Canadian women who had her son kidnapped by Oregon authorities now has the the state of Oregon demanding payment for the two years the child spent in foster care. You might as well expect that harpies of hell to descend on you as much as you would expect that a government would kidnap your child, hold the child for two years, and then present you with a bill.

Another example concerns Ted White, who was unaware that police detective Richard McKinley
was having a affair with his wife. Mr. White’s wife and McKinley framed him for child molestation. McKinley committed perjury and suppressed evidence in order to obtain the conviction. Mr. White spent five years in jail before he was exonerated. McKinley was fired from his job, but he never suffered any criminal or civil penalties for his actions. Also, Mr. White’s wife divorced him, got every penny he had, and married McKinley. The city that employed McKinley is fighting a sixteen million dollar judgement.

What these cases, and many others, have in common is that individuals pay an enormous price for the arbitrary acts of government officials. The apparently limitless resources of the state are arrayed against people of modest means. As a result, the victims have no chance.

Due to a of system immunity built around employees of the state, the people who commit these outrages almost never pay the price for their deeds. If the individuals who are damaged receive any recompense, it is from the taxpayers.

Of course, making the taxpayers pay for the misdeeds of government agents is merely another injustice. The taxpayers have no effective control over the government. Consequently, making the taxpayers responsible for acts committed by government officials is a sick joke.

Government officials, such as the police, judges, prosecutors, bureaucrats, politicians, etc., need to be stripped of their immunity. Stripping government officials of immunity will accomplish two goals: the officials will have to act more responsibly, and the officials will have to pay for their own misdeeds.

Posted July 31, 2010 by Brian Cantin in Uncategorized

The War on Raw Milk

Federal and state agencies are waging a war against raw milk, and other unapproved food products.  Raw food products are popular because people perceive them to be tastier and healthier than the heavily processed food you can get from a super market.  The authorities are waging a war supposedly because of health concerns.

The war demonstrates two facets of all wars: domination and exploitation.

In The Regime’s War on Food, Will Grigg emphasizes the coercive aspects of the war.  Grigg decries the heavy handed police tactics being employed against the purveyors of raw milk.  The tactics are reminiscent of those used in the drug war.  The justifications for the war on raw milk, protecting people who are willing consumers and the general public, are similar to those used to justify the drug war.  To Grigg, it appears as though the authorities are less concerned about the health of the consumers than they are in retaining total control.

In Raw-food raid highlights a hunger, Los Angeles Time writer P.J. Huffstutter identifies the reason for the war, “But raw milk in particular has drawn a lot of regulatory scrutiny, largely because the politically powerful dairy industry has pressed the government to act”.  Thus, large established industries use regulation to put innovative competitors out of business.

In his book, The Triumph of Conservatism, Gabriel Kolko describes how regulation arose during the progressive era largely at the behest of big business. The ongoing process of large firms using regulation to further their own ends, regulatory capture, has been extensively documented by such economists as George Stigler.

Thus, we have the government attacking the public in order to further the business interests of favored parties.

Posted July 25, 2010 by Brian Cantin in Uncategorized

The War Against Everybody and Everything

We live in an age of endless wars.  The wars run simultaneously, and they have a number of common characteristics.

Aside from being endless, the wars all extract wealth from the population, and bestow that wealth on the favored.  The wars create an over class, and an under class.  The over class is the primary beneficiary of the wars.  The under class also becomes dependent on the wars as serfs.

All wars diminish liberty.  Since we have a large number of wars going on simultaneously, liberty is declining precipitously.  The attack on liberty augments the ability of the politically favored to extract wealth from the population.

The wars are designed to never end.  If the wars were to end, the general population would demand the restoration their wealth and liberties.

Here are some examples of our current wars:

  • The war on terrorism constitutes a world wide effort to eliminate terrorism as a tactic by non-state forces.  Since it is impossible to eliminate a tactic, the war on terror amounts to an endless war on anybody who opposes any government aligned with the dominant powers.  The war on terrorism is also a war on the taxpayers, and a war on civil liberties.
  • The war on drugs is not a war on inanimate objects such as marijuana, cocaine, etc.  Instead, the war on drugs is a war on drug producers and drug users.  The war on drugs is also a war on the tax payers, and a war on civil liberties.
  • The war on poverty is not a war on an economic condition.  The war on poverty is a war on the tax payers, and a war on the poor.  The tax payers are robbed of their money, and the poor are turned into dependents.  The bureaucracy gets jobs and pensions for administering the war.
  • The state gives some people rights to intellectual property.  Then, the state wages war on those who attempt the violate the grant of privilege given to the favored.  The result again is a transfer of wealth from the general population to the favored, and violations of the civil rights of the population.

These wars, and other wars declared and undeclared, all constitute an assault on everyone who is not in a position of political power.  The purpose of this blog is to discuss the origins of these wars, the ongoing development of these wars, and how to not stop these wars.  As the United States government is the leading actor in these wars, the focus will be on the United States.  However, as the system is in many respects global, over countries will be discussed.

Posted July 22, 2010 by Brian Cantin in Uncategorized