Here’s a video made by an AGW from Haymarket, Virginia ordering every resident of the town to hand over $15 for a special sticker – just because. This isn’t for “registration” or “inspection” or any other contrived thing.
It’s just a hand-over-the-money transaction. They could just skip the stupid sticker.
The AGW is Kevin Lands, who threatens all watching – who live in his town: If “…“you don’t do that (hand over the $15) within two weeks, we will take other corrective actions against you.”
“Corrective actions” being the bureaucratized euphemism for Hut! Hut! Hut! Waylaying at gunpoint, kidnapping and seizure of your property – whatever’s left of it.
Consider the irony: AGWs are vaguely descended from police, who once upon a time justified their employment on the theory that they were protecting ordinary citizens from thieves and strong-arm men. And here’s a strong-arm man in a government costume ordering people to hand over money – or else.
The difference, of course, is that we can fight to defend ourselves against the common thief, whereas thieves of this kind we are obliged to open our wallets for – and smile.
Lands says he is only doing his job, of course. That the town passed the law requiring each moo-cow in the town to hand over $15 just because. But that’s a weak defense of immoral actions. If the town passed a law ordering each moo cow to hand over everything, would it also be Lands’ “job” to make sure they do, else “corrective actions”?
If not, why?
There is no moral difference difference or difference in principle; it is merely a difference of degree.
Which means the theft will inevitably increase – because why not? If it’s ok to steal $15, it’s ok to steal $150 or $1,500 or $150,000.
Theft is theft. But Lands and others like him don’t mind. They are just doing their jobs – and besides, the stolen money is going into their pockets, so it’s no skin off their noses.
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