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That’s the Game…

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I’m not a big fan of Ayn Rand or anything, but this is a pretty good piece of writing, and very insightful.

Human institutions exist in order to preserve and perpetuate their own existence. They need work to do, even if they have to make it for themselves out of practically nothing. Armies need enemies, traffic cops need speeders, courts need the accused, and many times they aren’t beyond doing anything they need to do to get them. And when the accused pleads “time-out” or “foul,” he’s just offering further proof for why he needs to be taken down.

They operate by that old saying: “You can’t make an omelet without ruining a few innocent lives.” (more…)

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