Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bovard: Force

"Coercion has become more refined and more pervasive in recent decades. We rarely see scenes like the Los Angeles police beating Rodney King or IRS agents dragging Amish tax resisters out of their meager homes. But just because few people resist government agents does not mean that the State is violating fewer people's rights. The level of coercion imposed by government agencies is less evident today primarily because the vast majority of citizens surrender to government demands before the government resorts to force. Economist J. A. Schumpeter wrote: 'Power wins, not by being used, but by being there.' The lack of an armed uprising is no proof of a lack of governmental aggression."
~ James Bovard

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