The penalty is always death

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:35:32 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Mike Gogulski at - a good explication of the "gun in the room" observation. Every state law, no matter how small, is ultimately enforced by the death penalty.

If we accept the natural-rights view of self defense as given by libertarian theory, we can see that the penalty for every infraction is death.

Fail to pay your taxes? You will be killed.

Consume a proscribed substance? Death awaits you.

Neglect or ignore some trivial regulation? Murder is your fate.

"Oh come now," they will cry, "the government doesn't kill people for not paying their taxes!" In general this is true. In general people are compliant, whether out of worship or fear. But as situations escalate from non-compliance to the State's demand for enforcement, be sure that the blade remains ready to plunge into the belly of the scofflaw.

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