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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: L&J: Excellent Column: Anarcho-Tyranny (fwd)

>Dear M R,
>Thought you might enjoy one of Samuel Francis' columns which Chris forwarded.
>--  Harvey
>		================================
>Date: Tue, 03 Jun 1997 00:35:56 -0700
>From: Chris Sullivan <voxpop@avana.net>
>Invasive Laws Create Anarchy and
>Tyranny at the Same Time
>By Samuel Francis
>If, as Bill Clinton tells us, the "era of Big Government is over," 
>somebody needs to tell the state of Maryland (not to mention Bill 
>Clinton).  Earlier this month the Maryland legislature had itself a small 
>orgy of swelling the powers of the state government, and apparently it 
>helped give Mr. Clinton some ideas of his own (orgies seem to have that 
>effect on him).
>Just before the end of this year's legislative session, the Maryland 
>lawmakers passed several new laws that (a) allow policemen to stop 
>drivers for not wearing seat belts, (b) authorize hidden cameras at red 
>lights to take secret photographs of the license plates of cars that run 
>the lights, (c) ban loud car stereos on state roads, (d) forbid minors 
>from buying butane lighters because they might inhale the gas, and (e) 
>require drivers whose windshield wipers are running to keep their 
>headlights on.  The lawmakers seem to have missed outlawing cooking 
>breakfast in your underwear, but of course there's always another session 
>next year.
>The citizens of Maryland will no doubt be thrilled to learn that law 
>enforcement in their state has now so mastered violent crime that the 
>cops have little else to do but round up non-seat-belt wearers and 
>butane-sniffers.  As a matter of fact, Maryland's Prince George's County 
>has just announced that rapes and homicides increased in the first three 
>months of 1997.  Nevertheless, you can be certain that no one will be 
>raped or murdered without wearing a seat belt.
>The new Maryland laws are rather perfect instances of what I have 
>previously called "anarcho-tyranny" - a form of government that seems to 
>be unknown in history until recently.  Anarcho-tyranny is a combination 
>of the worst features of anarchy and tyranny at the same time.
>Under anarchy, crime is permitted and criminals are not apprehended or 
>punished.  Under tyranny, innocent citizens are punished.  Most societies 
>in the past have succumbed to either one or the other, but never as far 
>as I know to both at once.
>In the United States today, lawmakers worry far more about drivers who 
>don't wear seat belts, run red lights or play their stereos too loud than 
>they do about the thousands of rapists, thieves, and killers who prowl 
>about as free as wolves in the woods.  If the Maryland legislature spent 
>any time this year increasing the. penalties for real crimes, I haven't 
>heard about it, nor did it make much effort to improve enforcement of the 
>laws it already has.
>  One danger of the new laws is that, once Maryland starts enforcing 
>them, other states will tend to adopt similar ones.  The reason 
>anarcho-tyranny flourishes is that it gets lawmakers off the hook.  The 
>legislators can pass such laws and then brag to their constituents about 
>how tough they are on crime and how devoted to public safety they are. 
> Once a lawmaker gets an anarcho-tyrannical idea under his belt, you can 
>be sure the idea is headed for the law books.
>But of course such laws do nothing to impede real criminals.  The 
>anarcho-tyrants create new laws that merely criminalize the innocent and 
>ignore real criminals.  The result is that law-abiding citizens catch it 
>twice: once from the real criminals to whom the state is oblivious and 
>once from the laws that criminalize the law-abiding.
>Yet Maryland's little adventure in anarcho-tyranny did not spring full 
>blown from the legislators' heads this year.  A couple of years ago, the 
>state government outlawed smoking in most restaurants, an unprecedented 
>statewide invasion of privacy. Is it surprising that similar invasive 
>laws were passed this year?
>And will it be surprising if such laws spread?  Well, no.  Five days 
>after the Maryland lawmakers adjourned from their labors to make their 
>state safer from loud radios and lightless windshield wipers, the 
>national anarcho-tyrant-in-chief himself unbosomed his own contribution 
>to new statecraft.
>The Clinton administration announced that it is proposing federal 
>legislation to allow police to stop drivers who are not wearing seat 
>belts.  Big Business, those lovers of liberty, in the form of the 
>insurance industry, is all for it, and together with its Siamese twin, 
>Big Government, it's busy contriving schemes to enlarge state power yet 
>The secret of tyranny - whether anarcho or the plain vanilla version with 
>which the world is all too familiar - is that it never sprouts full-blown 
>from anything.  It always starts small and then gets bigger.  So if you 
>think these laws are good ideas, you shouldn't be too surprised at the 
>arrival of an era when state power has grown so big that it starts 
>knocking at your door - if, that is, it bothers to knock at 
>The Samuel Francis Letter 
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>Alexandria, Virginia 22320
>May 1997
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