Eric Garner was selling cigarettes without a tax stamp. New York police challenged him. Garner debated them with his hands up. The cops jumped him. One officer choked him, while another sat on his chest. Garner told the cops he couldn’t breathe eleven times before losing consciousness. The coroner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide. But no one was indicted. The cops said they were just doing their job. Indeed…
Murder is the logical end of every statist policy.
You must use violence to enforce legislation, both the good and the bad.
- Good legislation uses force in a defensive way, to prosecute those who harm others. This is morally permissible.
- Bad legislation initiates force to impose things on innocent people against their will. This is criminal.
Statists must decide what to do about people who resist their schemes.
How far will the statist go? What if threats or imprisonment aren’t enough? More importantly, what if a person resists arrest?
- If the statist is unwilling to kill the person who resists, then legislation that initiates force is inherently unenforceable.
- But if the statist is willing to kill the person who resists (and most are), then murder is inherent in every state policy that threatens to initiate force.