Kim du Toit has a good post up about how all of you voters–through the scoundrels you elect–have gone and made each other criminals. Every last one of you, and me, is virtually always in violation of at least one or more local, state and/or federal laws of the U.S. Which one(s)? Jesus, I have no real idea, which is the whole point. It is quite literally impossible for anyone to be informed of and understand the whole law to which they are subject. All I really care about is whether I’m actually hurting other people or are in serious risk of doing so. If the law is not integrated with that, then I haven’t much use for it. At the same time, I have a certain respect for the ideal of objective and rational law, and the peaceful process of enforcement. After all, I’d have no call to write a post such as this if it didn’t in some way bother me to realize that I and other peaceful people are violators, or even criminals, by the letter of it.
Anyway, Kim has this to say towards the end:
All we can do, I think, is to fight this nonsense at every turn, and
every time that it’s proposed. It’s an exhausting process, but it must
nevertheless be done if we’re to retain any semblance of freedom.
Here’s my increasing problem: you aren’t worth it. That I regularly meet a lot of "good people" that I like and enjoy is a pleasant fact. That these same people will then go off and vote me and everyone else into paying their way in one way or another tells me that I’m not truly dealing with human beings, but rather some mutation that has lost all ability to think clearly through the full implications of their actions.
I mean, how often have you heard the inanity: "I think the government should pay for it." That’s just the most obvious example, and even if you find someone who can recite the implications there, chances are they won’t on the very next round. They don’t think in principles.
BTW, the comments on that post at Kim’s place make for an interesting read, such as this Rand quote from one of Billy’s comments:
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power that any
government has is to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t
enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many
things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without
breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s
there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can
neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you
create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now
that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you
understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.
(From Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957)