– Joseph Stalin
Government is a death cult. It is the most profound mechanism outside of planetary extinction events to rid the globe of human beings. There have certainly been disease vectors like the plague in medieval times that wiped out significant parts of Europe but even that can be attributed to human volition to a certain extent.
The state is an exterminationist by trade, ask the aboriginal Americans.
Since the first agricultural communities attracted the government predator’s eye thousands of years ago and led to the tax accountancy records Charles Adams first pointed out to us. Hunter gatherer communities were quite a bit more difficult to pin down and cage within the confines of a tax jurisdiction. Tax jurisdictions are the center of gravity for governments to germinate and expand their nefarious enterprises.
All government historically leads to totalitarianism where no human transaction remains unmolested by statist interference. None.
Whether the murderous paroxysms of violence in the endless wars created by tax jurisdictions dressed in fancy bunting and flags in ancient times or today have more advanced killing machines, the mission is the same. Government will ultimately kill you for non-compliance of a seatbelt violation if your lack of obedience and insistence on resistance continues and escalates.
In the end, ALL governments seek to maim and kill the non-compliant because obedience is the signal contribution of ANY citizen in a tax jurisdiction yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Keep in mind that the lion’s share of all wars in human history are armed disputes between tax plantation owners.
In America, absent the overwhelming presence of armed bureaucrats, how many of even the most brain-dead subjects in America would comply with a fraction of the thousands of intrusive and destructive laws on the books?
Your collaboration with a system that practices such barbaric behavior on a mass and industrial basis is the key to government’s legitimacy and its very ability to have fractional elements of tens of thousands of “law enforcers” cow millions of shambling sheep to be disposed of as the government wishes; especially the recalcitrant and rebellious black sheep who no longer desire the fetters and are increasingly losing their fear of the noose.
Why do you think that “officer safety” happens to prize the value of the cop’s life higher than any mere citizen or subject? One recalls that scene in Braveheart where the King’s aristocrat declares that an assault on the King’s men is an assault on the King himself. How romantic.
As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: “Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”
Initiated violence is the government’s bread and butter and any active defense against its depredations is always received by the rulers rather dimly.
The only reason you are not yet dead is because the government has not found a sufficient reason or lacks the wherewithal to kill you. Yet.
“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.”
— Vladimir Lenin