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Friday, August 23, 2013

"But I Never Signed A Social Contract!" And Other Childish Whining

Jebus (via Tommy Stewart):

A couple spent hundreds of hours over four months plotting to abduct, torture and kill Las Vegas police officers as a way to attract attention to their anti-authority "sovereign citizens" movement, police said.

David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman attended training sessions about sovereign citizen philosophy, shopped for guns, found a vacant house and rigged it to bind captives to cross beams during interrogation, and recorded videos to explain their actions and why officers had to die.
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"We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and put them on trial in a people's court," Brutsche said July 9, according to the arrest report. "If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them."

During a tour of gun stores the next day, Brutsche said that what they were planning was going to be big, "and that they would really get a large following once they started because of the publicity," the report said.

Police said that when Brutsche was arrested, he denied that police had authority to hold him.

SMH.  Love that last bit in particular.  Anyway, it's fairly typical "reasoning" I see coming from anarchist/libertarian/voluntarists: I don't dig rules, man, because they carry a "threat of violence" so I'll engage in some actual violence (and other things that infringe on other people's life, liberty and pursuit of happiness).

Coincidentally, yesterday a libertarian responded to a year-old tweet of mine.  The usual bullshit about how the Constitution and law is bad because FREEDOM, denied he benefits from the social contract, and besides he never signed it anyway, arglebargle.

Yeah, me neither.  I also never signed an agreement to be bound by the law of gravity, to require oxygen and food so I might live, etc.  A bunch of shit happens in real life whether I like it or not, turns out.  Something that even our toddler is learning.

So I was told that 99.9% of governments have failed, although it's a puzzle how we still have government pretty much everywhere (is this like saying most Pritskys have died, but there are still Pritskys?).  Yet when I ask for an example of successful anarchies/free markets (beyond Somalia, which mysteriously doesn't count), I get none and am smugly told to read some history and economics (which is funny since I've also been scolded by others of the same ilk that I read too much).

Anyway, fine, go ahead and opt out.  But if you have a right to defend your liberty however you choose, and the rest of us choose to defend ourselves by forming government, you will lose when we inevitably come into conflict.  All choices have consequences, and life is brutish, innit?

ntodd

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