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Background Research on Unnecessity of Government - Chapters
1. Government is unnecessary 7. The government actually transfers your resources to the rich
2. A leader is unnecessary 8. The government actually creates wars to maintain its power
3. Ideology is a fraud 9. The government actually aids acts of terror to maintain its power
4. Crime protection is a fraud 10. Other fraudulent government "benefits"
5. Military protection is a fraud 11. What does all this government fraud cost us?
6. Government can't make you prosperous 12. The Solution
1.) Government is unnecessary - Quotes with sources

To say that society requires the state amounts to saying that human social life depends on granting some men the power to kill and enslave others, rather than on freedom, love, cooperation, and production. By this logic, the Soviet Union should have been the most prosperous of societies. But it was just the opposite. Ruling with uninbibited terror, it killed, enslaved, and improversished millions, never producing so much as a new egg-beater or can opener. Force is the mortal enemy of creation. (Joseph Sobran - The Law Of Force)

Government is a fraud; it does not protect life and property, on the contrary, it destroys life and protects robbery. Rich men quarrel and their governments compel the poor man to do the fighting, where hundreds and thousands are slaughtered. Is that protecting life? Rich men steal the earth and make the poor man pay tribute for the privilege of living upon it, and the government enforces the claim of the robbers. Is that protecting property? (Jay Fox – Mother Earth, November 1907) in (Charles Bufe - The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, pg 32)

The problem is not that we have 'the wrong people in power,' but the fact that the power exists in the first place. As long as the State remains in place as it is, war, whether military or social, will continue to be its prime means of expansion, and taxes will continue to be its reason for being and the means to wage these wars. (Francois Tremblay - Disengage!)

The 'shepherds of men' are always economically - and usually politically - superfluous and therefore parasitic. From the economic standpoint they have become a non-productive ruling class maintained by the labour of a productive population which would be better off economically if they were not there. (Arnold J. Toynbee - A Study of History, Vol 1. pg 206)

The state is not the foundation of society, it is not the source of our security, it does not bring about prosperity, and it does not protect us. Government instead stands outside of society and lives off its proceeds, and does so for its own benefit and not that of society. (Lew Rockwell - The Self-Regulating Economy)

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable. (H.L. Mencken - A Mencken Chrestomathy, pg 145)

All government, all violence and all laws are methods of forcing you to yield money or motive without your permission. If these were things that truly provided benefit to you, then you would do them willingly. Welfare and public good cannot be served by extortion. Only the owner of work can rightfully decide where that work is redeemed. All else is thievery. All claims of need and public good that are not met by free will are lies. (Jeremy Locke - The End of All Evil, pgs 40, 72)

The government hoax is probably the oldest, most pervasive and stubborn of hoaxes. It’s the belief in non-existent "states" and "nations" and that "government" is both legitimate and necessary. What exactly is "government?" While there are varying degrees, "government" is one man violently controlling the life and property of another man. The government hoax is that "government," a racket, is legitimate and necessary. That’s absurd. Maybe if you believe a service should be provided at the barrel of a gun then yes, you’d think "government" is legitimate and necessary. If the service men and women doing business as a pretended "state" is so valuable, then people will voluntarily accept and pay for it. (Marc Stevens - The Government Hoax)

The great non sequitur committed by defenders of the State, is to leap from the necessity of society to the necessity of the State. (Murray N. Rothbard - The Ethics of Liberty)

In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance. In a world where people's needs are met, and they have the resources to educate themselves, they would sooner or later realize that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away.... War is a purely internal affair. It is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. (George Orwell - 1984, Chapter 9)

The US government no longer makes any pretense of representing the people. Governments at all levels continually pass legislation which is directly opposed to the best interest of the citizens and which is detrimental to the welfare of our nation. ... Government has never been a friend to mankind. The same old tactics of exploitation, deception, war, taxes and tyranny now represent what Washington officially calls domestic and foreign policy. ... Government interference will never solve the problems of of poverty, inflation, crime, poor education, etc. It only multiplies them. (June Grem - The Money Manipulators, pg. 11, 12, 14)

I once defined 'government' as 'a system of murder, rape, extortion, coercion, theft, intimidation, and terror, the absence of which, it is said, 'would lead to disorder.' If you doubt this characterization then confront these hard facts: during the 20th century, governments managed to kill 200 million men, women, and children in wars, genocides, and other acts of formalized violence. During that same century, how many people were killed by individuals acting without political authority? (Butler Shaffer - The Individual and the Collective)

Contrary to Marxist mythology, it is not the entrepreneurs who exploit their workers. Rather, it is the occupants of the state -- those who most vocally claim to work for the public good -- who actually live exploitatively and parasitically at the expense of others. The higher the state revenue, the better off the parasites are and/or the more parasites there are. (Hans Herman Hoppe - Democracy: The God that Failed, Preface)

A society becomes totalitarian when its structures become flagrantly artificial; that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud. (George Orwell - The Orwell Reader, pg 374)

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? (Thomas Jefferson - Letter to William Johnson)

The governments of our day have become what Herzen so well called "Ghenghis Khan with the telegraph;" that is to say, organizations of violence based on no principle but the grossest tyranny, and at the same time taking advantage of all the means invented by science for the peaceful collective social activity of free and equal men to enslave and oppress. (Tolstoy – The Kingdom of God is Within You, Chp 8)

A change of public officials amounts to nothing. One goes out, another comes in, and still the same measures, vices, and extravagance are pursued. It means nothing who is the official, the defect lies in the system.The foundation and superstructure of government is bad. Prop it as you please, it continually sinks into court government, and ever will. (The Thomas Paine Reader, pg 354)

The fact that there is no objective reality to “government” in no way interferes with the demand for easy money, so scam artists, thugs and lawyers line up to pretend to be “government” for the deluded. It fails miserably to do what people think it is supposed to do, winning wars about half the time, and only because the enemy is another “government,” meanwhile squandering the resources trying to correct every imaginable evil with little or no positive results. In fact, more folks are beginning to figure out that this entity “government” really causes more problems than solves. The reason people are baffled by this seemingly inexplicable behavior of “government” is because it is in reality a gang. If we viewed the President, Congress, Supreme Court, and all the subsidiary agencies like the FBI, IRS, BATF and EPA as a large crime gang, we would hardly be surprised by its actions. Most of the things done by “government” are absurd when “government” means “the force for good.” They make perfect sense when we realize it’s really a gang. (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 6)

Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it. (Will Rogers)

The history of the state is the history of human oppression. The deeper the state with its countless agencies penetrates into the spheres of activity of social life, the more inevitably will the world become a vast prison in which at last there will be no breath of freedom. (Rudolf Rocker - Nationalism and Culture)

Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom. (Ludwig von Mises - Human Action, pg 715)

Endless volumes have been written, and countless lives been sacrificed in an effort to prove that one form of government is better than another; but few seem seriously to have considered the proposition that all government rests on violence and force, is sustained by soldiers, policemen and courts, and is contrary to the idea peace and order which make for the happiness and progress of the human race. Authority has the same effect on human nature whether in an absolute monarchy or a democracy, and the tendency of authority is ever to enlarge its bounds and to encroach upon the natural rights of those who have no power to protect themselves. The possession of authority and arbitrary power ever tends to tyranny (Clarence Darrow - Resist Not Evil)

To be governed is... to be fleeced, extorted, robbed; then at slightest resistance and first word of complaint, to be harassed, hunted down, clubbed, abused... THAT is government that is its justice, that’s its morality. (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon – The General Idea Of The Revolution in the 19th Century)

Government is not about asking. It is about telling. The difference is fundamental. It is the difference between making love and being raped, between working for a living and being a slave. The Internal Revenue service is not asking anybody to do anything. It confiscates your assets and puts you behind bars if you don't pay. (Thomas Sowell - Barbarians Inside the Gates, pg 31)

Wherever there has been direct personal contact between populations, however hostile they were to each other, the main concern of their governments has not been to prevent massacres, but to prevent fraternisation. (Alex Comfort - Writings Against Power and Death, pg 149)

Private enterprise creates; government destroys. That is the great economic lesson of our times and all times. (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. - Illusions of Power)

Every institution, religious, political, financial, judicial, and so on is corrupted by the fact that the men in it either belong to the propertied class themselves, or must sell themselves to it in order to live. All the purchasing power that is left to buy men’s souls after their bodies are fed is in the hands of the rich. Naturally they use their power to steal more money to continue paying the piper; and thus all society becomes a huge conspiracy. (George Bernard Shaw - The Impossibility of Anarchism) in (Charles Bufe - The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, pg 37)

By questioning and challenging the statist fraud concepts - by exposing the territorial criminals as fraudulent impostors and by ridiculing them instead of taking them seriously - you withdraw power from the territorial criminals. "Government" is a fraud word; its' a large figment of people's imagination, collectivist thinking. All there is individual human beings. (Frederick Mann - The Nature of Government)

I see the power game resting on three levels of force and fraud. First, earliest and still most powerful is the government racket itself, the monopoly on force (military power, police power, etc.) which allows the governing group to take tribute (taxation) from the enslaved or deluded masses. Second, derivative from this primordial conquest, is the landlord racket, the mammalian monopoly on territory which allow's the king's relations (lords-of-the-land) or their successors, today's "land-lords," to take tribute (rent) from those who live within the territory. Rent is the daughter of taxation; the second degree of the same racket. Third, the latest in historical time, is the usury racket, the monopoly on the issue of currency which allows the money lords to take tribute (interest) on the creation of money or credit, and on the continuous circulation of the money or credit every step of the way. Interest is the son of rent, the rent of money. Since most people engaged in nefarious practices are, in my opinion, very loathe to acknowledge what they are doing, and are addicted to the same hypocrisies as the rest of humanity, I think all power groups quite sincerely believe that what they are doing is proper, and that anybody who attacks them is a revolutionary nut. (Robert Anton Wilson, interview)

You, who cannot conceive of order without a whole apparatus of legislators, prosecutors, attorneys-general, custom house officers, policemen, you have never known what real order is! What you call unity and centralization is nothing but perpetual chaos, serving as a basis for endless tyranny; it is the advancing of the chaotic condition of social forces as an argument for despotism – a despotism which is really the cause of the chaos. (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon – The General Idea Of The Revolution in the 19th Century)

2.) A leader is unnecessary - Quotes with sources

Who are these rulers without whose aid the evil and corrupt would destroy and subvert the defenceless and the weak? From the earliest time these self-appointed rulers have been conspicuous for all those vices that they so persistently charge to the common people whose rapacity, cruelty and lawlessness they so bravely curb. The history of the past and present alike proves beyond a doubt that if there is, or ever was any large class, from whom society needed to be saved, it is those same rulers who have been placed in absolute charge of the lives and destinies of their fellow men. From the early kings who, with blood-red hands, forbade their subjects to kill their fellow men, to the modern legislator, who with the bribe money in his pocket, still makes bribery a crime, these rulers have ever made laws not to govern themselves but to enforce obedience on their serfs.
The purpose of this autocratic power has ever been the same. In the early tribe the chief took the land and the fruits of the earth, and parceled them amongst his retainers who helped preserve his strength. Every government since then has used its power to divide the earth amongst the favored few and by force and violence to keep the toiling, patient, suffering millions from any portion of the common bounties of the world. (Clarence Darrow - Resist Not Evil)

What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race. (Thomas Sowell)

It doesn't matter whether the coercive individuals or groups identify themselves as bandits, Mafia, Church, party, government, chief, Pharaoh, king, high priest or president. If they initiate force, they are all simply criminals, regardless of their aliases and pretensions. (Jarret Wollstein - Society without coercion)

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. – (Edward Langley)

What we were asked to worship , what had once been dressed as God or king, is the naked, mindless figure of the human incompetent. They are counting on you to work and feed them while you last. Their plan (like all the plans of all the royal looters of the past) is only that the loot shall last their lifetime. (Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged, pg 683)

What is called the splendor of a throne is no other than the corruption of the state, It is made up of a band of parasites, living in luxurious indolence, out of the public taxes. It is always the ruler's interest to defend inferior abuses; it is the master-fraud, which shelters all others. (The Thomas Paine Reader, pg 302)

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely (Lord Acton, letter to Mandell Craighton, April 5, 1887) in (Charles Bufe - The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations, pg 1)

As the historical record bears out, it is the greed of individuals operating under the guise of the state which has been the greatest source of human misery. (Alfred Eichner - Why Economics Is Not Yet a Science, pg 236)

The American people believe than they have no real control over government. What they do not realize that the politicians have no real control, either. Most representatives and senators believe that they operate in a political system in which any serious attempts at change produce instant, well-organized opposition from the small minority who are hurt by the change. And it is these minorities who really run Washington. (Fareed Zakaria - The Future of Freedom, pg 177)

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. (H. L. Mencken)

At all times and in all places, they had found the secret of living in peace in the midst of the chaos they created, in safety under the despotism they favored, in idleness amidst the industry they preached, and in abundance while surrounded with scarcity; and all this by carrying on the singular trade of selling words and gestures to credulous people, who purchase them as commodities of the greatest value. (C. F. Volney - The Ruins, pg 194)

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. (Denis Diderot)

Politics divide people all over the world and billions take it seriously when political office is the almost exclusive bastion of the corrupt, stupid and myopic. It's not a matter of who we should vote for, but why we should even bother when the system is so blatantly rigged. (David Icke - Infinite Love Is the Only Truth)

80 percent were hypocrites, 80 percent liars, 80 percent serious sinners … except of Sundays. There is always boozing and floozing … I don't have enough time to tell you everybody's name. (William Miller - Fishbait: The Memoirs of the Congressional Doorkeeper, 1st Ed.)

Have no fear. The next President will promise not to raise taxes. (Anonymous)

Better communications would bring the countries of the world to enlightenment that would lead them to remove the parasitic leaders who thrived on conflict (Stephen Lax - Access Denied in the Information Age, pg 219)

The rulers of the states are the most criminal group in a respective population. With a limitation of their power their criminality tends to decrease; but it still remains exceptionally high in all nations (Pitirim A. Sorokin)

The higher immorality is a systematic feature of the American elite. (C. Wright Mills - The Power Elite, pg 343)

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. (Lord Acton, Letter to Mary Gladstone, 1881)

When will politicians quit insulting us by implying that we and they are the same, despite their incompetence, thievery, murder, lies, and corruption? (Becky Akers - The Ford Fiasco)

Hitler was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1938. Stalin was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year for 1939 and 1942, and the Ayatollah Khomeini was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1979. George W. Bush was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 2004. (Nicole Maestri)

The grim results of the Bush-Rove vote fraud and the capitulation of the Kerry campaign was ... Bush was no president, but an illegitimate ruler - a lawless usurper leading a rogue state, a bandit regime. The "political capital" which Bush claimed he had earned in this post-election press conference was counterfeit. His alleged mandate was as worthless as a rubber check. (Webster Griffin Tarpley - 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, 4th Ed., pg 438)

The history of the modern state is in no small part a history of rulers who are illegitimate (Robert H. Jackson - Quasi-States, pg 22)

Can you think of a single area of government in which George Bush hasn't already made things worse than Bill Clinton did? (Harry Browne - Bill Clinton on Steroids)

We have a political executive who promotes lying, cheating, stealing, torture, and murder. I fail to see any substantial difference between this one and all of those who preceded him, although this one is more obvious. We have a secretive elite that manipulates the political process for its own purposes, which as always means trying to enslave the masses to enrich the elite. The state is bankrupt, as usual. So far we could still be living in 1790; today’s political system differs only in size, not in substance. (Robert Klassen - The Glass)

Don't ever trust a politician. They are bigger crooks than the real criminals. (Jimmy Hoffa) in (Jerry Van - Underworld Secrets, pg 10)

3.) Ideology is a fraud - Quotes with sources

The individual does not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called "society" or the "nation," which is only a collection of individuals. (Emma Goldman - The Place of the Individual in Society)

The superficial distinctions of Fascism, Bolshevism, Hitlerism are the concern of journalists; the serious student of history sees in them only the one root-idea of a complete conversion to state power (Albert Jay Nock - Our Enemy, the State, pgs 10-11)

Nazism has been justly called an attack on civilization. This characterization applies with equal force to every form of coercive authority. The State, ecclesiastical and secular, served to give an appearance of legality and right to the wrong done by the few to the many. (Emma Goldman – The Place Of Individual In Society)

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. (The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Vol. 25, p. 124)

No attempt or pretence, unless possibly the pretence of a "Divine Right" embodied so much of shameless absurdity, falsehood, impudence, robbery, usurpation, tyranny, and villainy of every kind, as the attempt or pretence of establishing a government by consent, and getting the actual consent of only so many as may be necessary to keep the rest in subjection by force. Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak. Their consent is presumed! As well might the highwayman pretend to justify himself by presuming that the traveler consents to part with his money. As well might the assassin justify himself by simply presuming that his victim consents to part with his life. (Lysander Spooner – No Treason, Chp. XI)

A socialist state monopoly economy and a capitalist interest-based private money monopoly will both concentrate the power into the hands of a small, undemocratic elite. Freedom will remain an utopia as long as its proponents do not create equal financial opportunities for everyone. (John Drabik - Usury Civilization II - pg. 345, 408)

If voting could change the system, it would be illegal. (Theodore Adorno)

The political ballot box stands for willingness to be ruled by somebody other than yourself. – (Alvin Lowi, Jr.)

The little stickers that read 'I voted' -- worn so proudly by those wishing to confirm their allegiance to the system that is destroying their lives -- reminds me of the 'kick me' signs teenagers used to tape onto the backs of their fellow students. (Butler Shaffer - A Rational Choice for Nov 2nd)

The electorate gets to pick every four years who gets the right to renege on his campaign promises. (John Drabik - Usury Civilization II - pg. 11)

Voting for the right thing is doing nothing for it. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. (Henry David Thoreau - Civil Disobedience)

The belief in “government” is, in fact, a religion, with all the same structure of any other superstition dedicated to the worship of a supreme entity that has no basis in reality. It has a pope (president / prime minister), councils (congress / parliament) tithing (taxes), commandments (laws), sects (political parties), heretics (anarchists), protestant reformers (libertarians), a devil (any foreign bogeyman or dictator), catechism (party platform), doctrine (ideology), rituals (voting), prayer (pledge of allegiance, loyalty oaths), crusades (wars to make the world safe for “democracy”) and blind faith. One of the really loony ideas that sprouts from all this religion is “majority rule”. If majority rules, then no one would be president, since no one got the most votes. 22% of all eligible voters is a minority that can be only considered the “will of the people” by someone who combines LSD and Tequila. (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pgs 70-71, 73)

In every US presidential election since 1920 non-voters have outnumbered those who voted for the winning candidates, often by a large margin. (The ratio was close to or more than 2:1 in six of those elections, including the ones in 1920, 1924, and 1948). (Russ Kick - Everything You Know Is Wrong, pg 336)

When politics are used to allocate resources, the resources all end up being allocated to politics.(P.J. O'Rourke)

Ideology offers a great insight into a society if you know how to approach it. Most people commit the mistake of studying its tenets. Tenets are just false advertising. A better approach is to study ideology like murder: who benefited? Which small group filled its pockets using some or other ideology as a justification for crime? History and the evening news will make suddenly a lot more sense. Ideology exists to justify crime. (George Cordell - Quiz: Are you the devil?)

It is very important for the Establishment to maintain the historic pretension that the common enemy is not at home, and that disasters of economics or war are unfortunate errors of tragic accidents only, to be corrected by the members of the same club that brought the disasters. (Howard Zinn - People's History of the United States, pg 620)

The modern liberal state often uses deception. Not so much of the foreign enemy (which, after all, has little faith in its adversaries), but of its own citizens who have been taught to trust their leaders.... I want my readers to think twice about our traditional heroes, to reexamine what we cherish and what we ignore (human consequences). I want them to think about how easily we accept conquest and murder. Consider how much attention is given in historical writing to wars and battles and consider how little attention is given to antiwar movements and to those who struggled against the idiocy of war. (Howard Zinn - Declarations of Independence, pgs 13, 47, 50)

I am unable to accept the idea that I should be an obedient subject of a gang of corrupt, unprincipled thugs who pontificate about freedom while enslaving the population. (John Pugsley, writer)

The Communists only pretended to be atheists, bit in reality substituted a different pantheon of gods (their leadership) under a different set of mystical beliefs, replacing the myth of God with the myth of state. (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pg 142)

Since the state operates on the same principle (violence) regardless of the theoretical system, it doesn’t matter whether people call it monarchy, democracy or communism. The crappy result is always the same blind faith in “government.” . (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 99)

Democratic State practice is nothing more or less than State practice. It does not differ from Marxist State practice, Fascist State practice, or any other. Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: you get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent power to do things to you. A citizenry which has learned that one short lesson has but little more left to learn. (Albert Jay Nock - Our enemy, the state)

Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production. (Ayn Rand - The Ayn Rand Lexicon, pg 476)

Much of "modern" human culture is based on deception. Some preachers use deception to obtain tithes from their prey - in return for promises of "paradise". Most politicians use deception to obtain "taxes" from their prey - in return for promises of "welfare", etc. These modern predators live by consuming the values produced by his or their victims, giving little more than promises in return. (Frederick Mann - The Nature of Government)

It is the illegitimate ruler who needs the most metaphysical props for his for his power and propaganda (Hooper, Grenhil - Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge, pg 76)

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. (Aristotle)

A critically important rhetorical device for the rule of the few is to speak to the many of "our" liberty, "our" property, "our" country. (Howard Zinn - People's History of the United States, pg 57)

4.) Crime protection is a fraud - Quotes with sources

The idea of police as crime preventers is rubbish. (Anthony V. Bouza, ret. police commander - Police Unbound, pg 40)

When one side "protects" the other from depredations emanating from itself, this is only "protection" in the Mafia or protection-racket sense of that term. It is, to be crystal clear, not protection at all but rather invasion or theft. (Hans-Hermann Hoppe - The Myth of National Defense, pg 329)

Graft in the old days was not merely a fringe benefit for the police; it was for patrolman and chief alike a cardinal value by which they measured their livelihood. At the higher level there was a well-established bureaucracy handling payoffs received from two sources: legitimate business, for "nonharrassment"; and organized crime for protection. Graft made it possible for New York's vast criminal society to flourish and for the police to profit in millions of dollars. "it was a charge rarely denied that our police captains are in collusion with the keepers of dance houses of every sort. They receive from these, stipends larger than their yearly salaries." The system proved impervious to reform movements. (Otto Bettmann - The Good Old Days--They Were Terrible!, pgs 96-102)

Street crimes are a smoke screen behind which far more deadly, costly, and serious crimes take place. By any measure of harm, the crimes of police, politicians, the state, and corporations far outstrip the ordinary crimes of the poor. (William J. Chambliss - Power, Politics, and Crime, pg 155)

Like other instruments of the power structure, the mass media imparts a message of enormous value to those at the top of our society: that the greatest danger to the average citizen comes from below him on the economic ladder, not from above. (Jeffrey R. Heiman) in (Norman Solomon - Unreliable Sources, pg 242)

Many people still cling to the idea that the main function of the State is to maintain Equal Freedom, an idea which has already been exploded, by showing that the State is the greatest violator of the law - in other words, the greatest criminal. (Francis Dashwood Tandy - Voluntary Socialism, Chp. 5)

To read more about the inherent criminality of the state (a.k.a. government), visit the page on state criminality.

The United States, from the day of its first European colonization, went 235 years without even having a single professional police force. The first full-time, professional police force in the entire world wasn't formed until 1829, after thousands of years of civilization. If cops are so vital, why did it take so long to invent them? Has "public safety" improved since government sent a uniformed callss of professional enforcers onto our city streets? (Claire Wolfe - Don't Shoot the Bastards (Yet), pg 36)

To be blunt, the government's protection is largely fraudulent. Officials pretend to protect citizens and to promote social harmony while actually accomplishing the opposite. (Robert Higgs - Against Leviathan, pg 16)

Governments, justifying their existence on the ground that they ensure a certain kind of safety to their subjects, are like the Calabrian robber who collected a regular tax from all who wished to travel in safety along the highways. (Leo Tolstoy – The Slavery Of Our Times)

As Dr. Sigmund Freud has observed, it can not even be said that the State has ever shown any disposition to suppress crime, but only to safeguard its own monopoly of crime. Looking at any state, at any point in history, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional criminal class. (Albert Jay Nock - Our Enemy, the State, pg 22)

At no other time in American History were there so many law enforcement agencies and officials to counteract the greatly exaggerated and falsely perceived threats from criminal elements. Per population, not only did the United States have the highest number of law enforcement officers, it also had the highest ratio, for all countries, of its population imprisoned. To defend this prefabrication to the American Public, greater criminal statistics needed to be produced that would show an increasing crime wave. They were. Politicians relished this fact since they could harangue their constituents to vote for them because they would protect the public. In essence the only criminal conspiracy here was against the American Public, the taxpayers who were funding redundant law enforcement activities. In the meanwhile, white collar criminals were making billions of dollars in ill-gotten gains. These perpetrators included high-ranking government officials and business leaders and the Mafia. (Rodney Stich - FBI, CIA, the Mob, and Treachery, pg 427-428)

Police officers enforce laws to impose the system's will and defend it from challenge. They don't primarily serve the people, they serve the system, with honorable exceptions. (David Icke - Infinite Love Is the Only Truth)

The Los Angeles Organized Crime Intelligence Division kept no files on organized crime at the time of detective Mike Rothmiller's resignation, but did target liberal activists for surveillance, spied on police in rival departments, harassed opponents of former chief Daryl Gates and performed local services for the CIA. (Alex Constantine - Virtual Government, pg 204)

Narcotics, the police say, is the driving force behind roughly 75 percent of robberies, burglaries and acts of prostitution. (Connie Fletcher - What Cops Know, pg 177) To see who brings them in, visit our page on governmental drug smuggling.

We purchase the “protection” of the state with our freedom and do not realize that it is this “protection” which makes a hell of our life, while only freedom can endow it with dignity and strength. (Rudolf Rocker - Nationalism and Culture)

No state Attorney General had been able to provide a single example of a concealed-weapon licensee getting convicted of a violent gun crime - a record far better than that of any major Missouri law enforcement body. (Self-Defense Laws and Violent Crime Rates in the United States) in (John Ross - Unintended Consequences)

An unexpected challenge like the (Washington DC) sniper catches the state unprepared and exposes its real nature. Its legitimacy rests on its claim that it protects us from crime, but its own activities are essentially criminal. It claims a monopoly of force, but now a competitor is denying that monopoly and it is helpless. (Joseph Sobran - The Law Of Force)

The result of believing in “government” is that not only is the state robbing you regularly, and dragging you into a new war with every successive administration, you still have to deal with the lone serial killers and robbers, because believing in “government” doesn’t stop them. Good job. (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 10)

I’m still waiting for an answer, why worry if everyone gave up on “government” there would be no one to protect our rights. There is no one to protect your rights now, other that you. The most likely person in your life to threaten your rights is someone working for “government.” . (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 216)

Gun toters are safer than cops. The LAPD by its own admission perpetrates more violent crimes than do permit holders in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia combined. (Brad Edmonds - Gun Toters Are Safer Than Cops)

5.) Military Protection is a fraud - Quotes with sources

It is generally supposed that governments strengthen their forces only to defend the state from other states, in oblivion of the fact that armies are necessary, before all things, for the defense of governments from their own oppressed and enslaved subjects. (Leo Tolstoy - The Kingdom of God Is Within You, Chp 7)

It is a simple truth that there is no reason to use force against people unless you are trying to steal something from them. (Jeremy Locke - Worthless Paper Promises)

The amount of rubbish and humbug that pass under the name of patriotism in wartime in all countries is sufficient to make decent people blush when they are subsequently disillusioned. (Arthur Ponsonsby - Falsehood in Wartime)

Those that insist that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were a threat that justified invasion are in essence claiming that the US Government took $5 trillion of your money (over $17,000 from each of you alive today) in a gigantic swindle, because the $5 trillion nuclear deterrent isn't a deterrent after all, nobody is really afraid of it, because they all know it was just a hoax to soak the American taxpayer. (Michael Rivero - What The Heck Is This Stuff?)

The power of massive armaments is a huge fake; one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century. We have seen heavily armed tyrants flee before masses of citizenry galvanizer by a moral goal. Recall those TV images of Somoza scurrying to his private plane in Managua; or the Marcoses quickly assembling their suitcases and fleeing from the Philippines; of the Shah of Iran desperately searching for somebody to take him in; of Duvalier barely managing to put on his pants before escaping the fury of the Haitian people. The possession to 10,000 thermonuclear weapons by the US did not change the fact that it was helpless to stop the revolutions in Cuba and Nicaragua and that is was defeated in Korea and Vietnam. The possession of an equal number of bombs by the Soviet Union did not prevent its forced withdrawal from Afghanistan, and its loss of control of Poland to Solidarity. (Howard Zinn - Declarations of Independence, pg 233)

All the purloined secrets didn't do the Soviets much good, which suggests that even if we couldn't count on CIA, we didn't need it, so all is well. And if we didn't need it then, we don't need it now. (Joseph Sobran - Anything called a "program" is unconstitutional, pg 24)

Over the years, the CIA would run an estimated 3,000 major and 10,000 minor operations that would result in the death of over 6 million people in the Third World. (John Stockwell - The Praetorian Guard)

Lying is part of the job description at the CIA, where falsehoods are regularly peddled to allies, the press, other federal agencies and Congress. “We’d go down and lie to them consistently,” says former CIA officer Ralph McGehee. “In my 25 years, I have never seen the agency tell the truth to a Congressional committee.” (Alexander Cockburn - Whiteout, pg 110)

The root myth that enables the State to wax fat off war is the canard that war is a defense by the State of its subjects. The facts, of course, are precisely the reverse... For which categories of crime does the State pursue and punish most intensely – those against private citizens or those against itself? The gravest crimes in the State's lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of person and property, but dangers to its own contentment. All this evidence demonstrates that the State is far more interested in preserving its own power than in defending the rights of private citizens. (Murray Rothbard - War, Peace and the State)

Justifying conscription to promote the cause of liberty is one of the most bizarre notions ever conceived by man! Forced servitude, with the risk of death and serious injury as a price to live free, makes no sense. (Congressman Ron Paul - The Crime Of Conscription)

The top arms dealers ("merchants of death") are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. (Global Issues - The Arms Trade Is Big Business)

The US arms industry, and US policies on the selling and granting of arms world-wide, are in fact a direct US commitment to repression, genocide, and terrorism sponsored by one big state: the US. (Robert Steele commenting on Noam Chomsky "Hegemony of Survival")

In reviewing the history of the government of England, its wars and taxes, a bystander not blinded by prejudice or interest would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes. Every war terminates with an addition of taxes, and consequently with an addition of revenue. To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to nations, would be to take from government the most lucrative of its branches. (The Thomas Paine Reader, pgs 225-226, 261)

The General Accounting Office concluded in 1993 that the Pentagon systematically lied to Congress throughout the 80's in order to justify the budget-busting arms buildup (Tom Tomorrow - Tune In Tomorrow, pg 83)

The much-discussed "missile gap" of the early 1960 turned out to be a hoax, as the New York Times finally acknowledged a quarter of century later. "The charge was untrue," the Times Times editorialized about allegations that the US lagged far behind the Soviet arsenal. "At the time of hte missile crisis, the United States had 2,000 long range missiles, the Soviet Union less than 100." Later came "the ABM gap." "The hard-target-kill gap." "the spending gap" and "the laser gap." As a result, U.S. taxpayers were hoodwinked. (Martin A Lee, Norman Solomon - Unreliable Sources, pg 106)

The General Accounting Office reported that 56% of our Minuteman missiles were defective when they were installed in their silos. (Jon Eric Phelps - Vatican assassins, pg 533)

At the party there was an active three star general who was talking about moving his fraud money to Corsica. This is the type of scam that’s been done for years. It’s called the Old Double-Inventory-Whammo-Scam, and it’s often done against the Department of Defense. The general is doing it with his clique of ten confederates. Some are in DoD Procurement. Some are in DoD Inventory Control. Some are in DoD Payment and Disbursement. And some are in DoD Audit. He was bragging about it, “We just committed this scam last week. It cost $40,000 and it netted $2.5 million.” He said his end was $250,000 and it just got wired to his off-shore account. The scam is relatively simple, they are reselling back to the Department of Defense items that the DoD already owns. They go through the massive DoD inventory list. They look for some esoteric part. The guy on the inside simply deletes it from the computer. He doesn’t leave a paper trail pretending it was sold to some other company. It’s just erased. … DoD’s own auditors say, the Department cannot account for $2.3 trillion transactions in one year alone. (Uri Dowbenko – On The Take)

The Cold War helped both superpowers entrench their military-bureaucratic ruling class in power, compelling their populations to subsidize high-tech industry. Each government controlled its primary enemy - its own population - by terrifying it with the (real) crimes of the other. (Noam Chomsky - What Uncle Sam Really Wants, pg 80)

The military invades countries while selling this human slaughter to themselves and the people as "defending freedom." (David Icke - Infinite Love Is the Only Truth)

We were told that the FAA was providing security on planes, but it turns out that the FAA was preventing it from being provided. We were told that the military would protect US cities, but they couldn't even protect their headquarters. We were told that a vast intelligence apparatus kept a watchful eye on terrorists, but the large group involved in this attack (9/11) either went unnoticed or was ignored. We were told that US foreign policy was designed to deter aggression, but it turns out to inspire it. (Lew Rockwell - Speak The Truth)

The casualty rate for the first Gulf War was close to 31% due to the exposure of the 696,778 veterans serving there being exposed to depleted uranium rounds and other toxic conditions *of our own making*, with 262,586 of these consequently falling ill and being *officially* declared to be disabled by the Veteran's Administration. (Chalmers Johnson - The Sorrows of Empire, pgs 100-101)

There were 13 deliberate releases of radioactive material over US and Canadian cities between 1948 and 1952 to study fallout patterns and the decay of radioactive particles. In Hanford, Washington, the Atomic Energy Commission engaged in the largest intentional release of radioactive chemicals to date in December 1949. The test did not involve a nuclear explosion but the emission of thousands of curies of radioactive iodine in a plume that extended hundreds of miles south and west as far as Seattle, Portland and the California – Oregon border, irradiating hundreds of thousands of people. So far from being alerted to the test at the time, the civilian population learned of it only in the late 1970s, although there had been persistent suspicions because of the clusters of thyroid cancers occurring among the communities downwind.7 the National Cancer Institute found that millions of American children had been exposed to high levels of radioactive iodine known to cause thyroid cancer. Most of this exposure was due to drinking milk contaminated with fallout from the above-ground nuclear testing carried out between 1951 and 1962. The institute conservatively estimated that this was enough radiation to cause 50,000 thyroid cancers. The total releases of radiation were estimated to be ten times larger that those released by the explosion in the Soviet Chernobyl reactor in 1986. (Alexander Cockburn - Whiteout, pgs 156, 159)

The world's most effective peacemaking force is not even run by the United Nations government but by Executive Outcome, a private South African mercenary company, that restored, for example, relative stability in Sierra Leone in late 1995. (Bernard Lietaer - The Future of Money, pg 97)

Peace and justice in the world comes only from the tireless efforts of the common citizen. The mighty Sovet arsenal did not prevent the break-up of the Soviet Union. The tanks of Ferdinand Marcos and Nicolae Ceaucescu could not hold back the demands of Filipinos and Romanians for freedom. (John Pilger - Hidden Agendas, pg 14)

The chances of your being harmed by terrorists are mathematically minute. The chance of your being robbed by your own government? That’s easy: 100 per cent. (Joseph Sobran - All We Like Sheep)

6.) The government can't make you prosperous - Quotes with sources

Professor Murray N. Rothbard's "Power and Market: Government and the Economy" (Insitute for Humane Studies 1970) enumerates and analyzes the effects of almost every conceivable kind of government intervention in the market, and finds that not one of them can impove the human condition. (Albert Jay Nock - Our Enemy, the State, pg 104)

Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer. (Ludwig von Mises - A Critique of Interventionism, pg 23)

What role did authority or government play in human endeavor for betterment, in invention and discovery? None whatever, or at least none that was helpful. It has always been the indivitual that has accomplished every miracle in that sphere, usually in spite of the prohibition, persecution and interference by authority. (Emma Goldman – The Place Of Individual In Society)

By its own (IRS) guidelines, the government would have to show a profit 3 years out of 5 to qualify as a business. It preaches about all the prosperity it can create, if you just give it half of your income now. Run its gospel through the time-proven “if it were really so all-mighty, would it need my money?” dogma detector, and it flunks. Look how of most ancient lowlands settlements, only the the stone palaces of rulers and gods, two sales fronts of empty prosperity promises survive. The commoners who exchanged good cash for lofty promises there, invariably couldn’t afford rocks for their own dwellings. (George Cordell - A noxious religion)

There is no other choice: government either abstains from limited interference with the market forces, or it assumes total control over production. Any attempt at creating a "middle of the road" between a pure free market economy and a completely planned economy must ultimately fail, because the problems created by the original interventions will continuously create disturbances in the markets and necessitate still more intervention. The monetary authority's attempt to manipulate market rates of interest to overcome trade slumps creates an outcome that tends to induce further destabilizing and futile interventions. (P. Kurrild-Klitgaard - The Dynamics of Intervention, pgs 6, 23)

The complete workings of the boom-bust cycle are the inflationary injection of bank credit, fostered by government; a boom marked by malinvestments caused by inflation; the end of inflation revealing these unfortunate malinvestments; and finally, the depression as the correction by the free market of the wastes and distortions of the boom. (Murray N. Rothbard - Why The Business Cycle Happens)

Do you believe in Santa Claus? By the time most of us stop believing in a literal Santa Claus, we are well on our way to believing in a figurative one that goes by the name welfare state, or government. Have trouble feeding your family? Santa State can help. Need affordable housing? Welfare Santa to the rescue. The sooner you give up on the idea that you can get something for nothing and learn to make it on your own, the better off you'll be. (Steve Buckstein - Do You Believe In Santa Claus?)

One of the enduring myths of the "Third Way" welfare state is that a nation as a whole can have a high standard of living - even if no one really has to work - as long as government transfers massive amounts of wealth from those who are well off.  Welfare states are destructive at their roots. Wealth transfer inhibits economic growth, not increases it, for it penalizes entrepreneurs for being successful.  The more government impedes the creation of wealth, the less of it will be created. People who are on the margins are the first to be hurt. Thus, the welfare state actually makes the poor worse off in the long run. (William Anderson - Sweden: Poorer Than You Think)

Politicians lie to the electorate because they fear that they will lose the elections if they speak the truth. Hence they acquiesce to "living in the lie" the big lie that the state is Santa Claus. A corrupt electorate gets the politicians it deserves. Most politicians are liars, especially if they have been around for some time, because it is almost impossible to survive in politics without lying. The welfare state corrupts the voters, the voters in turn corrupt the politicians, and the politicians corrupt the voters even more by maintaining the welfare state. It is a vicious circle, which can only be broken when the welfare state collapses under its own inherent deficiencies. This will happen as soon as the money runs out.  (Paul Belien - Communism Killed 100 Million People and All I Got Was This Lousy Democracy)

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