because unalienable rights to life and liberty negate all governments, gangs, and gods
If the state protects property by state police, it requires taxes. However, taxes are expropriation. The state thus becomes an expropriating property protector. And a state that wants to maintain law and order, but can itself issue laws, is a law breaking law maintainer.
Despotism has bowed its head before Business: the victorious [Bonaparte], the legitimate [Louis XVIII], the citizen King (Louis Philippe) glided away like phantoms as soon as they had the misfortune to displease you.
Albert Jay Nock used to say that the state was created for the criminal purpose of creating a dependent class without access to property, for the benefit of the elites with access to land. The Brazilian state, in its uncompromising defense of big corporations’ “private property” combined to its ever dedicated effort to deprive poor of their property and control their access to land, is proof of that criminal intent. After all, from whom are the all the World Cup and Belo Monte property-less going to claim restitution?
Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.
It can not even be said that the State has ever shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only to safeguard its own monopoly of crime.
Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.
You can’t say “I don’t do politics”, because silence is a political statement.
Tariq Ramadan (via uniteforpalestine)
Actually I can, just like an atheist can say he “doesn’t do religion.” Atheism isn’t a form of theism any more than apolitical strategies are political. To renounce superstition is to affirm reason, and to renounce politics is to affirm an alternative way of life that is ethical, peaceful, and productive. To reduce evil in the world, you begin by ending your participation in it, which in this case means the wholesale rejection of the State and the mob rule of politics. Afterwards you begin promoting that which is good, such as cooperative, voluntary, and apolitical means of improving the world.
The state is an organization of mere mortals who, by one dubious method or another, have been allowed to don the mantle of political legitimacy and to command obedience on pain of imprisonment even of those who never consented to the preposterous arrangement.
When a legislature decides to steal some of our rights and plans to use police force to accomplish it, what’s the real difference between them and the thief? Darn little! They hide behind the excuse that they’re legislating democratically. The fact they do it by a majority vote has no moral significance whatsoever. Numerical might does not constitute right, no more than a lynch mob can justify its act because a majority participated.