Statists Steal

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 13 Feb 2007 01:44:52 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Darrell Anderson at Simple Liberty - economy and theft are the only two ways to sustain energy flows. Normal, peaceful people, engage in peaceful exchanges, economy. Statists get what they need to live by theft, under color of law. Good essay. [shevek]

Statists are a collection of people who, with respect to a given arbitrary geographical territory, by fiat "claim" a power to:

  1. Enact authoritarian laws, even when those laws are contrary to ordinary customs.

  2. Ultimately resolve all disputes and conflicts within that territory, and do so with impunity.

  3. Forcibly expropriate revenues under the color of law to finance operations.

  4. Use force and coercion and the threat of violence to maintain their alleged jurisdiction.

Statists are people who proclaim their own fiat authoritative law as the supreme law of the land. Statists obtain their sustenance (revenues) through force and coercion rather than voluntary exchange of goods and services. Statists survive by demanding payment through the threat of incarceration, loss of property, or even loss of life.

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