Here’s a perspective on the case and acquittal you may not get anywhere else. I like how the dapper Jeffrey Tucker puts it, in the general.
Anarchy is all around us. Without it, our world would fall apart. All progress is due to it. All order extends from it. All blessed things that rise above the state of nature are owned to it. The human race thrives only because of the lack of control, not because of it. I’m saying that we need ever more absence of control to make the world a more beautiful place. It is a paradox that we must forever explain.
What happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was explicitly anarchist, even to the point of Zimmerman legally ignoring 911 admonishments. And here’s my perspective on it: that anarchist action was just upheld in a state court of law by the one institutional aspect—trial by jury—whose explicit purpose is to put a supreme check on state power. Trial by jury is still the one area where the state subjects itself absolutely to the anarchist impulses of people. In trial by jury, the jury has the absolute right to even disregard the law.
Trial by jury in a criminal trial in America still maintains only one single possible outcome that is absolutely final: acquittal; i.e., a not-guilty verdict—though I much prefer, for the sake of perspective, the “not-proved” characterization. …And anyone who ever uses the characterization “proved innocent” is simply exposing his or her ignorance. The other two possibilities are guilty, which can be appealed and overturned, and a hung jury, where the case can be retried. Acquittal is the only absolute finality—due the Constitutional provision of “double jeopardy,” or being tried twice for the same offense. (Do note the calls for the back door move: trying Zimmerman on federal charges of “violating civil rights,” a-la the Rodney King societal “negotiation.”)
At this point, you’re probably wondering what I conclude about the guilt or non-guilt of George Zimmerman vis-a-vis jurisdictional statutes. I’ll give you the only proper answer an anarchist ought ever give where not a party to the case: I. Don’t. Know!
- First and foremost, it’s simply none of my business. Wasn’t there. Can’t possibly know a single thing that isn’t hearsay.
- I resent ever being assumed to be a party in any legal action; i.e., “The People vs…” When I think it’s my business and I’m an actual party, the lawsuit or criminal charges ought to read “Richard Nikoley vs…”
- If I were to ever find myself on a criminal jury—setting aside the fact I’m nobody’s slave for a day or 5 weeks, so all jury summons end up 13″ filed—I would up my own standard of guilt or not-proved from “beyond reasonable doubt,” to “beyond all doubt.” In other words: were it, say, a trial for murder, rape, kidnapping, etc., I would have to, in my own mind, conclude that I would willingly go up, place bullet in head, smile about it, admonish pats on back and feel very good about my action. Drug case, any drug case? Show me a victim.
- Otherwise, It simply goes to the limitations of being a human being and I’ll not ever take part in limiting or ending another person’s life where I am not absolutely sure and have zero doubt in the matter.
I am satisfied that the jury saw many more facts in terms of evidence than I, and so did exactly as I would have done. Whether any doubt in my case, or “too much reasonable doubt” in theirs, the result is exactly the same.
Two closing bits before I move onto my connect-the-dots juxtaposition. Should Black People Tolerate This? I think, absolutely not.
Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.
And now, if you want a really exhaustive overview of the case, its social implications and connections—not only to include that link I just gave you, but stats on broken families, child abuse, Obama advocating beating children at an NAACP conference—see here, Stefan Molyneux.
I began to watch the 35-minute video a few days back but I just don’t have the time to watch long videos often. Since the verdict came in I thought it best to take the time and am glad I did.
It’s in the last minute or so he really gives entry to my juxtaposition: Seattle Theft Victim Skips Cops, Calls Alleged Thief’s Mother.
After a Seattle woman learned that her car had been ransacked and items were missing, she decided that calling the alleged thief’s mother would be a better option than calling police.
Catching the thief wasn’t enough for Eliza Webb, 29. After falling victim to the petty crime, she decided to then play judge and jury.
When Webb found an unfamiliar black cellphone in the driver’s seat of her car last month, she assumed that it belonged to the person responsible for stealing her running shoes and sunglasses. Webb browsed through the phone and called the contact labeled “mom.” After a few minutes talking with “mom,” Webb realized the alleged thief was a 19-year-old male teen.
“I said, ‘This is a very uncomfortable phone call to make. I have your son’s phone and I’m missing some things out of my car and I think they might be two related items,’” Webb told ABC News’ Seattle affiliate KOMO. “And she [the mother] was devastated.”
Webb works with teenagers and didn’t want to involve the police if she could find another way to make the teen accountable for his alleged crime. Webb declined to identify the teen and his mother, but she took a trip to their home to confront them.
The additional repercussions were severe, and I mean that seriously…still recounting more than four decades later my mom marching me into a Montgomery Wards, up to the top-floor manager’s office as a kid: to apologize and pay—out of my piggy bank—for a wallet I’d stolen.
After talking with the teen and his mother, Webb decided he and his accomplice would go house-to-house to return what they had taken and apologize to every victim.
Too bad that teen didn’t get State Ego “Justice,” sent for a few months to criminal school (a prison), all so that some prosecutors could get a conviction or plea deal, and another notch towards promotion and a careers in politics.
So there you go, two extremes of anarchist individual morality and ethics, winning out over the brute force of the State.