Legal Plunder

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Big Government, Economics, Favorite Posts, Police State, Politics
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This post is inspired by the first few pages of “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat. It is an incredibly informative book and I highly suggest reading it. This  link will take you to an online version of the book.

From here on anything in quotes is an excerpt from “The Law” as written by Frederic Bastiat.

“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place”

So, what is law?

“The collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.”

“Each of us has a natural right–from God–to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of the other two. For what are our faculties but the extension of our individuality? And what is property but the extension of our faculties?”

Bastiat continues by saying that law provides for the right of the individual to defend, even by force, their life, liberty, and property. If this applies to the individual it most certainly applies to the common force of a nation. Natural law provides that no individual or group shall use force to “destroy the life, liberty or property of individuals or groups.”

As provided to the Federal Government by the constitution it has the right to defend it’s citizens natural rights by force when those natural rights are in danger of being destroyed.

In our system, the Federal and State Governments are in charge of upholding the law. The individual is discouraged from enforcing the law, unless they are an agent of the state.

The law is synonymous with justice in our culture and we see law as the ultimate expression of morality. All that is just should be legal, all that is moral should be legal. All that is an injustice or immoral should then be illegal. By this cultural definition it is easy to see where the perversion of the law has occurred.

For years I have said that, not everything that is right is legal and not everything that is illegal is not right. This is the truth. Our legal system flies in the face of natural law as well as our cultural definition of laws.

Laws have been created and put into place with the intention of abusing the correlation between law and morality as well as law and justice. Here is an example:

The most obvious example and the one that is toughest for most people to accept is the illegality of marijuana.

If a person smokes marijuana who’s rights to property, liberty, or person does that violate? The act of smoking marijuana itself does not affect anyone but the individual doing it. On its face this is obviously not a violation of natural law. So how did it become illegal?

Pot became illegal through a series of government campaigns and studies that framed marijuana use as immoral, unjust, and unsafe. (Reefer madness, pot kills brain cells, etc.) Arguably this was done to prevent a popular alternative to tobacco from existing. In those days the big tobacco lobby was a much bigger force in our governments legislative process. So all these years later why is it still illegal? What is a faster way to hurt the credibility of the system than to repeal laws and admit that they were enforced without reason?

This is a prime example of how the government has perverted the law to enforce the agenda of special interest and commit “legal plunder”. 

The point of this post is not to advocate breaking the law or risking incarceration just to make a stand. The idea of this post is to help point out that our legal system is not infallible and that this is not a problem that is new to the American legal system.

In the words of Bastiat, “The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say,not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime,the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

If this is true,it is a serious fact,and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.”

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Comments
  1. manmeetsblog says:

    I sincerely enjoy this blog. Sometimes, it makes me laugh. Sometimes, it makes me frown. Once, it made me spill pizza sauce on myself.

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