Summary execution for a tax evader
by Mark Luedtke
There are two, and only two, ways one can obtain the property of another. The first is through voluntary means. You can either exchange something for the property, or the owner of the property can give it to you. The second is theft. If the theft includes the threat of violence backed by violence – coercion – it’s armed robbery. Taxes, because they carry the threat of violence backed by violence, are armed robbery.
New York City’s legalized and uniformed armed robbers, the police, recently summarily executed a man for not paying taxes. CrimeFileNews.com told the story.
“Selling cigarettes on the street cost a man his life. Think about it for a moment. Trying to make a meager living in a miserable economy by selling a legal product deserves death now in New York. That’s precisely what happened to an obviously overweight (350 lbs.) and unhealthy man last week. A squad of cops investigating this tax transgression approached Eric Garner. Garner actually begged the cops to leave him alone. Soon, Garner began to shun the cops and resist being handcuffed and the cops piled on him. All too quickly, Garner was dead.”
Some might claim the victim deserved it because he feebly resisted. But resisting armed robbery is heroic behavior, if sometimes a mistake. What this report doesn’t mention is one policeman put Garner in an illegal chokehold. Garner was trying to protect himself.
“This was not about anything more than the attempted evasion of an outrageous tax on a legal product millions consume in America,” CrimeFileNews.com continued. “Our greedy politicians expand their power and the government monster by overtaxing anything they can. We all know this was about money rather than evil, violence or simple public safety.”
Besides proving the obvious – taxes are armed robbery – this also illustrates every supposed crime in America carries the death penalty. Jaywalking? The state’s enforcers might kill you for that. Run a red light? They might kill you for that, too. This is the inevitable consequence of empowering an organization – the state – to have a monopoly on violence and the power to legalize crimes committed by its agents.
The murderers may have had another motive. Police reportedly had harassed Garner for years. While they were harassing others for petty pseudo-crimes in order to legally steal their money, a fight broke out. The police did nothing, but Garner intervened and stopped the fight. That made him a target for government predators. When police began harassing Garner again, they claimed Garner stated, “I’m tired of it. It stops today.”
Author William Norman Grigg quoted one police officer blaming the victim: “‘Anytime a person says ‘I’m tired of it, it stops today,’ that will almost always end with the use of force,’ insisted one contributor to an LEO-exclusive forum. ‘He made that decision, not the police. The Police must effect the arrest and rise above any resistance …’”
That attitude suggests this was premeditated murder from the moment Garner expressed his exasperation with being harassed by cops.
This attitude that anybody who says they don’t want to be harassed by policemen must be physically assaulted, subdued and even murdered is also an inevitable consequence of empowering an organization to legally commit crimes against people. The most violent, sadistic people in the country are attracted to the job of legally attacking others so they can get their jollies legally beating and killing people. Most people we make cops would be the worst criminals in a free society. For example, cops are three times more likely to commit murder, not counting the legalized murder they get away with on the job, than concealed carry permit holders. But in Bizzaro World, ruled by government violence, they become legalized violence-dealers, beating and killing people without consequence, and the ones who do it best rise to the top.
Apologists for choking the victim make this clear. “Because the victim reportedly didn’t suffer significant damage to his throat and trachea, the illegal restraint wasn’t a ‘true’ chokehold, or so the apologists insist,” Grigg wrote. “Under NYPD guidelines in place since 1993, this isn’t relevant: The policy explicitly and categorically forbids the use of any restraint involving pressure against the neck or throat.” The policy is a sham, as is the law. Grigg noted, “If [the murder] statute were applied equitably, as it almost certainly will not be, [the officer who choked Garner] and his accomplices would be prosecuted for murder.”
Murray Rothbard wrote in “The Anatomy of the State,” “Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate the other actions of its individual subjects. One would think simple observation of all States through history and over the globe would be proof enough of this assertion; but the miasma of myth has lain so long over State activity that elaboration is necessary.”
The brazen murder of Eric Garner by state enforcers in daylight in front of witnesses and on camera is another example proving more elaboration is necessary.
[Note: In an extremely rare occurrence, the New York City medical examiner ruled this death a homicide. Maybe the perpetrators will be prosecuted, but I won't hold my breath.]
Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.