Monday, June 27, 2011

The Law is the Law

Some in the anarchist blogosphere harbor such contempt for authority, that they resort to making veiled threats against authority figures.

Well, you are now on a list. Congratulations. You are now making yourselves legitimate targets for agents of the police state you fear so much. Your free speech must be tempered by reason. Speech is powerful, and with power comes responsibility. Having the right to say something does not mean it is in your best interest to say it.

In life as in quantum physics, the observer often ends up altering the phenomenon he is trying to observe, by the sheer act of observing it. If mere observation can do that, imagine what speech can do. Often people tend to attract into their lives the things they fear the most by their very words and actions. This is not superstitious hocus-pocus. You will find out the hard way when you are denied boarding at your gate.

The State is not an enemy. The State is us. Ours is a government OF the people, BY the people. Therefore, WE are the State. The law is merely an extension of the public will. The best way to bring about change is through peaceful democratic means. Anything else undermines the legitimacy of your position.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

Though you may disagree with certain laws, the laws are in effect and they must be obeyed. You may work peacefully to have the laws changed, but advocating willful disobedience of the law will only bring you misery.

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