The more I look around, the more I wonder. You see, the whole deeper problem with the State as an agent of force is that it conditions people to think only of force as a way to achieve their ends. And that ultimately works both ways when the State becomes intolerably intrusive. It gets thrown off in the same manner in which is was installed: through brute force where people get killed.
Do you recall years and years ago when some "entrepreneurial" lawyers began suing tobacco companies on behalf of certain plaintiffs with lung cancer and other ailments reasonably linked to smoking? They sued over and over, only to have their cases dismissed or lost on motions for summary judgment. People thought it was the most ridiculous thing they ever heard, and yet now it’s commonplace. In jest, people predicted that fast food would be next; and of course those lawsuits have already begun.
Hey, here’s a ridiculous and crazy prediction: how about a law banning fat people from eating in restaurants and holding restaurant owners responsible to police it? Absurd? You sure? Karen assures us it’s no joke (PDF).
I see something like that and I wonder what’s going to be the spark that ignites widespread violence. I really do hope that people gravitate to solidarity in Civil Disobedience as the State intrudes further and further, rather than Civil War, but it seems less and less likely to me.
Actually, what seems the most likely of all is neither. I think people are finding cradle-to-grave government to their liking. More and more every day. Ron Paul proposed the smallest Cannibal Pot ever in modern politics, and it has gone over like a lead blimp. Freedom lovers are simply just going to have to buy their freedom. I don’t think it will ever change.