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Bad People

March 2nd, 2009

Most people spend so much time worrying about how society is going to deal with the “bad” people, that they’ve completely lost sight of what happens to the good people — if they ever had sight of the good people to begin with. And if you forget about the good people, you’re leaving the door wide open for those you fear the most.

I don’t give a damn what happens to anyone who is objectively “bad,” and therefore, I find it foolish, counterproductive, and wasteful (among other things), to arrange a societal framework round these folk.

If you look closely you’ll see that a society of laws, when organized in such fashion, quickly becomes the antithesis of just.  As the law itself is used increasingly to define what is (or is not) “bad”, people vie to control the law in order to wield its awesome power over others, and class warfare is born!  Viz., good people shouldn’t need a ruler, although some of them they may feel they should have one nonetheless.  Yet, who has the strongest incentive to rule over otherwise good individuals, but he who is least fit for the duty?

Only an evil man finds it necessary or advantageous to rule over good men.

And the law as an apparatus of control is a necessary condition for the establishment of tyranny.

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  • George Donnelly says on: March 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

     

    “The rule of law” is always set up as the best thing, the ideal, the barometer of what is good and wrong, but law can be used for evil, too, and it doesn’t guarantee any good outcomes, much less people’s liberty. Nice article.

  • Gilligan says on: March 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

     

    In the words of Robert Lefevre:

    “If men are inherently good, we don’t need government. If men are inherently bad or apathetic, we don’t dare form one.”

  • Mike Gogulski says on: March 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

     

    Sigh… so true, but if only it were so easy to make folks see it.

  • Brad says on: March 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

     

    I See Good People!

  • Francois Tremblay says on: March 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm

     

    Fuck the law, we don’t need it.

  • Anarcho-pragmatiste says on: March 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm

     

    The main problem is the fact that the State creates more supposedly bad people than bad people that actually exists.

  • Gilligan says on: March 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

     

    Anarcho-pragmatiste March 3, 2009 3:47 pm

    The main problem is the fact that the State creates more supposedly bad people than bad people that actually exists.

    No. The main problem is that the State allows bad people to find a home.

    If there are .01% of society – I made that up, but it does not diminish the point – that wish to control others, how would that percentage increase when you move closer to those centers of power that allow these folks to exercise that power?

  • David Z says on: March 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

     

    @ Gilligan –

    I think what AP meant was that by decree, the state creates an entire class of people deemed “bad” in the eyes of the law.

    It is also true that the actual number of truly bad actors increases to some extent, as consequences of state interference/intervention, and also that the state magnifies the capacity (and incentives) for any of these individuals to do wrong.

  • gilliganscorner says on: March 4, 2009 at 8:17 am

     

    Ah. Thanks for the clarification, David.

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