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  • Tarjei Straume
    Aug 10, 2004
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      At 23:54 10.08.2004, Bradford wrote:

      What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without a sense of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations and made it all their own?"

      Elementary, my dear Watson. We're talking about the protection racket, the primary function of government.


      A Study Of Government Protection


      "Government is really good at only one thing, and that is to break your leg, then hand you a crutch and say, 'Look, if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk,'" - Harry Browne

      There is only one way to describe a government that claims it is protecting its population in such a fashion; a criminal protection racket.

      You've heard of the protection racket. You might remember it portrayed in some cheesy cop show from the 70's or the latest mafia glorification vehicle; The Sopranos. Who hasn't read Mario Puzo's The Godfather or seen the adaptation in cinematic form?

      The protection racket succeeds in these stories because it plays on the victim's worst fears. The target is generally a successful business owner. A "security specialist" describes to him a myriad of possible catastrophes, such as theft, arson and murder, which, he insists, are preventable for a fee. Bad men may be plentiful otherwise, but it is all too obvious that the racketeer will be directing such attacks if an agreement isn't reached. The victim knows that he is getting the shaft, but what choice does he have? His protection agency is a criminal enterprise.

      These scenes always beg the obvious questions; "Why doesn't he call the cops?" or "Why doesn't he just shoot the bastard?" In real life however, our pugilistic foil is more than likely a government employee. Who does one call then?

      Government is the largest protection racket ever created. While the mafia has it's niche, the government deals in volume. Every activity in which the citizen engages has become subject to the protection racket. Whether it be flushing a toilet, dispatching property, marriage, earning a living or simply enjoying a night on the town, the wise guys lie in wait for the next unwary customer.

      The protection racket is heinous and foul because it punishes those it is claiming to protect.




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