A License to Kill – an Obligation to Submit

Imagine being empowered by the state to threaten people with murderous violence over hurt feelings.

Or for pretty much any reason at all. Without having to worry much – if at all – about ever being held criminally responsible for such abuse.

To say that such a policy is dangerous is like saying there’s a slight problem in the Titanic’s hold, after it hit the iceberg.

It is catastrophic – as great a threat to our liberties as the gushing-in seawater was to the souls aboard the doomed liner. Amazon.com Gift Card i... Buy New $15.00 (as of 08:20 EDT - Details)

In this video, a man who flipped The Bird to an armed government worker finds himself in mortal peril because he hurt the AGW’s feelings. Not because any law was broken – much less any harm done to persons or property, the only moral justification for interfering with anyone’s liberty.

Nonetheless, the affronted AGW uses his government-issued car and his government-issued gun and the government-sanctioned threat of murderous violence to coerce compliance to “pull over” – a soft-sounding euphemism (like the “shared responsibility payment” under Obamacare) for something as hard as it gets: A government thug waylaying a peaceful human being, using all the just-enumerated threats, overt and implied, that he will be killed (ultimately) if he does not obey.

Some reading this will be taken aback at the language above – will consider the foregoing a hyperbolic statement. But it is a statement of fact. Had the man – who did nothing illegal – declined to obey the illegal orders of the AGW and attempted merely to leave and go about his business – asserted his right to liberty – he would certainly have found himself the object of murderous violence.

Murderous violence is implicit (and often, explicit) in every interaction one of us has with one of them.

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