More government failure, more deaths
Americans were riveted to the spectacle of terrorist bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. The athletes who had just finished running 26.2 miles who then rushed into the stands to save the wounded and after that donated blood to save them again in the operating room will go down in history for their heroism.
Government propagandists promoted the first responders, who also responded heroically. The police, EMS and hospital staff who saved so many lives, as they were trained to do, are to be commended for doing a fantastic job under terrible circumstances, but the athletes who had no training and had just finished the race deserve more praise for their heroics than the media gave them.
Propagandists have already pressed the lesson government wants us to learn from this latest spectacular failure of government. The Guardian reports that Tom Brokaw on NBC led the charge, “Everyone has to understand tonight that, beginning tomorrow morning early, there are going to be much tougher security considerations all across the country, and however exhausted we may be by that, we’re going to have to learn to live with them, and get along and go forward and not let them bring us to our knees.” In other words, even though none of us committed this terrorist attack, we must all bend over and take it from government even harder than we were taking it already.
That’s the exact wrong lesson to take from this attack. It’s a knee-jerk, emotional response. Government wants us to respond with emotion. We can’t afford to do that. We must react to these attacks rationally, not irrationally.
The primary lesson we must learn from this attack is the same lesson we should have learned from every previous attack: government cannot protect us. The state, by its very nature, is incapable of protecting us. That’s because the state is a predator and we are its prey. As Murray Rothbard wrote, “The first great lesson to learn about taxation is that taxation is simply robbery. No more and no less. For what is ‘robbery’? Robbery is the taking of a man’s property by the use of violence or the threat thereof, and therefore without the victim’s consent. And yet what else is taxation?” But you don’t have to take Rothbard’s or my word for it. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled, as recently as 1989, that the police have no duty to protect us.
Williams is restating the often-repeated canard that crime is the price we pay for our freedom. That’s wrong. Crime is the price we pay for government aggression. Government theft makes us poorer and traps people in poverty, creating crime. Government aggression and violence divide us and create enemies at home and abroad. Terrorist attacks are blowback from government aggression. Osama bin Laden cited U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War as a motive for 9/11. Fort Hood attacker Major Hasan cited the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The underwear bomber cited blowback for U.S. wars as his motive. In 2010, an Austin man flew his plane into the IRS offices because the IRS had destroyed his life. If police ever catch the Boston Marathon bombers – as of this writing the FBI has two suspects – the bombers will cite blowback for something as motive for the attack. In contrast, freedom creates security.
Another lesson from this attack is all the money government has spent building this police state has nothing to do with preventing terrorism. Since 9/11, government has spent hundreds of billions at least, ostensibly to prevent terrorism. The Boston Marathon was a crown jewel of police state security. Cameras, cops, undercover cops, 400 National Guardsmen and bomb sniffing dogs were everywhere, yet two guys planted bombs under their noses. This raises the specter the attack was an inside job. The government reads every email, tracks every phone call, X-rays cars on the street, gropes airline passengers, videos every street corner, but police can’t stop or catch two terrorists who attacked one of the most heavily monitored and policed events in the world in broad daylight. It’s telling that the pictures of the suspects were taken by private cameras.
It’s tempting to think of the police state as more bumbling than Keystone Kops, but that would imply it’s supposed to protect us. It’s not. The police state is designed to protect government from us. That’s because the government preys on us and it fears we will soon resist because it has ruined us. Government views us as the enemy, not terrorists. Terrorists aid the government by providing the excuse for government to oppress us further.
Another lesson is never trust the government or its propagandists. “High ranking officials” have changed their story so many times during the investigation that it would be comical in another situation. We’ll never know if they catch the real attackers or not. Whether officials lie or are just wrong, we can never trust them. The victims, and all of us, deserve better.
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