‘You don’t mind breaking the law?’

Posted: October 20th, 2009 by Militant Libertarian

by Kent McManigal

[Sherlock Holmes, speaking to Dr. Watson]

“By the way, Doctor, I shall want your cooperation.”
“I shall be delighted.”
“You don’t mind breaking the law?”
“Not in the least.”
“Nor running a chance of arrest?”
“Not in a good cause.”
“Oh, the cause is excellent!”
“Then I am your man.”
A Scandal in Bohemia by A. Conan Doyle

I’ll admit it: I don’t mind breaking the law. Not in the least. I suspect there was a time when “the law” was recognized as an intrusion into “normal” people’s lives. It neither adds anything to your life, nor makes things more difficult for the dishonest and aggressive individuals who were its purported targets. It only feeds statism. But, in the beginning the state (by whatever name) was incapable of watching everyone all the time, so “the law” was more of a hypothetical threat rather than a real one. Unless you were very unlucky or very open in your defiance.

Then there came the days of malignant state worship- the 20th century. Governments all over the world grew exponentially and clashed with one another, resulting in hundreds of millions of deaths among the bystanders. People all over the world cheered on their chosen group of governmental thugs with religious intensity and ignorance. Banners flew, anthems rang, and more people died at the altar of the state.

While that era is fading, we in America (and elsewhere) are still dealing with the residual badge-licking, “law abiding citizens” and their freedom-crushing complicity. Their time is running out. They are sealing their own fate with unintended consequences.

One fact that is pushing society closer to the tipping point is that “the law” is reaching the point of absurdity; good people are regularly finding themselves at odds with “laws” with no intention of doing so. When it is impossible for a normal person to go about their day without breaking “laws”, it is not a sign that the normal people are “bad”; it is a sign that the state has become a force for evil.

I am an outlaw. I will never be ashamed of breaking the “law”, nor will I ever be proud of doing anything wrong.

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