When everything is a crime, everyone is a criminal. …they just haven’t put you in prison…yet.
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
– Dr. Ferris
in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand
US Holds 25 Percent of the World’s Prisoners
Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
“our national incarceration rate of 707 adults per every 100,000 residents is the highest in the world, by a huge margin.”
These days, in America, ‘freedom’ means that you are perfectly free to control the lives of others through the use of government coercion – unless others do the same to us, then, it’s eviiil.
You live in a nation where your use of language is being regulated and/or punished. If you say the wrong thing at the wrong time – especially if you are in the ‘wrong’ place – you can be arrested and charged with a crime and//or lose your job and income.
You live nation where you can do almost nothing w/o ‘buying’ a government permit or license, or w/o paying a tax or fee.
You live in a nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world, perhaps the highest incarceration rate in world history. There are local, state or federal laws that regulate or control almost everything you do on a day to day basis. Each of you unwittingly violates several of those laws and regulations each and every day. Many of you simply haven’t been caught and charged with a crime…yet.
…and you still think you live in the free-est, most blessed nation on earth.