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All Laws Have Teeth

October 12, 2010 by

It’s strange how most people are willing to give the police and the courts the benefit of the doubt and pretend as if the system somehow knows something that we do not know. Anyone hauled off to jail, they believe, probably deserved what is coming to him. FULL ARTICLE by Jeffrey Tucker


Kakugo October 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

These are things that really make my blood boil.
In my area recently police has started to “act tough” on people growing cannabis. Mind we are not talking about vast fields owned by drug lords but a handful of plants (the largest catch was 38), barely enough for very moderate personal consumption, let alone sale. Mind that the State itself is to blame for this: most of these people have a very hard time finding high quality marijuana and hashish so they decided to grow them themselves. (Illegal) drugs are plentiful as always and cheaper than ever but are also very poor quality while pushers are moving to cocaine and opiates because they have higher returns thanks to the never-ending war on drugs.
Absolutely normal people are dragged out of their houses in the wee hours of the morning and slammed on the sycophantic newspapers for this. How many of them, even if cleared of charges, will still have a work or even a house?
And people, just like Mr Tucker put so well, think police and courts are doing a great job.

J. Murray October 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

Just think of it this way – paying those police officers to bust down doors and take plants really stimulates the economy. Who else would the guy who makes doors sell his product to?

Jake_nonphixion October 12, 2010 at 10:57 am


Allen Weingarten October 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

“if we care about saving civilization from its enemy, the state.”

Is it the state that is the enemy, or the prevalent outlook that government should be empowered with a ‘moral’ mission, rather than protecting our rights? Should our political aim be to remove all power from the government, or to restore it to the vision of the Declaration of Independence?

Steve October 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

In my view, at the basic level it’s violent thieving thugs who are the enemy. Sometimes, they are criminals and sometimes the enshrined state. I think what makes the state the enemy in all cases is that it always devolves into (if not starting out as) a band of violent thieving thugs. It attracts those who are criminals due to the power invested in it by the ignorant masses. It’s institutionalized criminality, and criminals like nothing better than to be have their cake and eat yours too (and be “morally right.”)

Steve October 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Oops! It should read:
It’s institutionalized criminality, and criminals like nothing better than to have their cake and eat yours too (and be “morally right.”)

Dixiecup October 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Meh, these are the last days of the hyperbolic stock market. Everyone from Ron Paul and Hugh Hendry to Goldman Sachs thinks that record economic turmoil is just around the corner. Who knows? The state is a dead husk existing for the sake of itself, and I really doubt it can maintain its current power after the well has dried up. I just like to stay optimistic.

Mama2Hapas October 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

You didn’t mention the push lately to make this totally unavailable to give to younger kids. It’s the only thing that works to unstuff little noses, too, and it’s almost totally unavailable now. Next thing you know, they’ll be prosecuting parents for giving it to children at all. In reality, Tylenol is more dangerous than sudafed.

David Spellman October 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Twenty years ago I can imagine someone ridiculing the libertarian position and saying “Ha ha! I bet you think the government would even outlaw nasal decongestants and put people in jail for it. You are so dumb!” Funny how as Statism marches onward and downward there seems to be no ridicule so outlandish that it cannot prove true. Reality makes the National Enquirer look sane and respectable.

Gil October 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Why not? The government long since banned toothache medication (i.e. cocaine).

Dave Albin October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Don’t worry – if the state figures out some way to make money off of Sudafed, then they will fully legalize it again. After all, if people don’t pay taxes, throw them in jail! What good are they if they don’t pay up….

Tom October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

“I don’t favor laws against consuming or producing meth…”

Wow, really?

Fephisto October 13, 2010 at 6:49 am

Yes, really. It’s people’s own business.

Bruce Koerber October 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

It is the empirical mindset which focuses on laws instead of justice.

Mercuric Oxide criminal October 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

I’m sure most don’t recall that there’s a sty med that used to be sold over the counter. It’s called yellow mercuric oxide. About 10 years ago I couldn’t find my tube of it and had an itchy eye. I asked the pharmacist, a man in his 30s and he never heard of it. Finally I found an older pharmacist who remembered it and told me it’s not been available for years. I finally found an old tube (still works great) and found the old company that made it. I emailed them and they told me that because it has the word mercuric in the name the FDA banned it. Now if you get a sty you get some useless medicine.

It turns out I actually have 2 tubes of it, each over 15 years old, and I still use it now and then. It’s great for any eye infection and soothes a sty.

I plan to will my 2 tubes, to my heirs in the event I don’t ever use them up. I feel like someone in the late 30′s who had a gold coin.

geoih October 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

Mercuric oxide is highly toxic (LD50 18mg/kg). I think there are far better reasons to not inject it into your body, than what the FDA might think about it.

Mercuric Oxide criminal October 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

It’s a topical ointment, one does not inject it. We don’t ban cortisone hemorrhoid ointment because someone might inject it.

Mercuric Oxide criminal October 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

And BTW, isopropol alcohol if ingested can kill you. Why not simply replace it with regular alcohol (like found in wine, etc.)? The reason is to discourage people from avoiding the tax on alcohol used in beverages. So, here we have deliberate poisoning of something for pure government taxation reasons. And they are supposed to be protecting us!

Nicholas Gray October 13, 2010 at 12:38 am

Here’s an idea- why not have a citizen’s police force? Any one who volunteers to be a citizen has to do patrol duty, taking their turn to enforce the laws. Instead of permanent cops, we could all be part-time cops! the bad part would be having to give back the tasers at the end of your shift…

Gil October 15, 2010 at 3:12 am

There’s nothing stopping that as most countries recognise the concept of the “citizen’s arrest”.

guard October 13, 2010 at 2:19 am

We can suffer through life without pseudoephedrine and still maintain a clear conscience. The most destructive laws are the ones that require us to oppress our neighbors. There is nothing more debilitating than a guilty conscience, making a population easy to control – after all everybody does it, right?
Libertarians would do well to identify those areas where people oppress others, and publish some practical guidelines. For example, willingly collecting taxes from others, or turning others over to police and courts in which ostensibly we do not believe.

Greg October 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

What are you saying?

jire sekar October 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

Thanks for this powerful post. It dovetails nicely with your suggested reading of “The Law” which I read on the way home from the Supporters Summit. Bastiat articulates so fluently the difference between justice and the law. I encourage Mises to bring more issues of criminal justice and state regulation into its content, since the criminal justice system and state regulation are the “enforcement arm” of Statism. The federalization of every crime, vague laws subject to generous interpretation, and the increasing deprivation of rights guaranteed in the constitution are a huge and disturbing trend.

Jeffrey with hemorrhoid home cures November 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

Above all, we all need a good leader and should be a goo follower…that’s it

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