Private Crooks vs. Public Crooks

How often does the average car-jacker actually steal a car? I could only guess, but I bet it’s not every day, or anything close to that. Maybe pickpockets who mostly do petty theft are out robbing people on a daily basis, of smaller amounts, but most thieves and aggressors do not commit their crimes all that regularly. For many it’s very rare, for some just a one-time thing.

Now compare that to the thieves and aggressors who work for the state. How many victims does the average ticket-writing road fascist rob in a single day “on duty”? Of course it will vary a lot from individual to individual and from department to department. But many of them do it a lot, over and over again, issuing one ticket after another, day in and day out, robbing scores of people of thousands of dollars, over and over and over and over again. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

How about “tax collectors”? Well, their entire “job” consists of robbing people. They may be slow and inefficient sometimes, but they work full time trying to take money from productive people in order to give it to politicians. Once again, they are constantly robbing and harassing their victims, every single day. The same is true of all sorts of other “government” bureaucrats, inspectors, regulators, etc.

I just thought that was worth mentioning. On a daily basis, the average individual private crook does far less damage than the average “public” crook.

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.

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