This guest post is by Doug Newman, and was originally published on Strike-The-Root on January 20, 2005. But as you will see, it is a timeless piece…

In 2003, the Barna Research Group released a well publicized study indicating that only about 10 percent of Christian students possessed a biblical worldview.1 I was reminded of this after talking with a friend recently after church.

My friend is not a political person, which probably speaks well of her. However, she seemed perplexed when I calmly implied that it was an outrage that Uncle Sam confiscates half our income before we can buy groceries. She responded that ‘we get a lot of things’ for those taxes we pay.

I heard millions of people speaking. She did not recognize that taxation is theft. She had no clue that things like oppressive taxation, gun control, government education and government welfare have no scriptural basis. I told her that this just may be the first time anyone had ever told her that the Bible has something to say about a limitless array of social and political issues.

If she had never heard this in church before, it would not surprise me one bit.

America’s churches are as ‘dumbed down’ as its schools. In all fairness, several generations of pastors have been lied to about the political themes in the Bible. Our call to be ‘salt and light’ goes beyond loving our neighbors, telling the truth and being faithful to our spouses. It extends to all aspects of life including politics, economics, law, education, medicine and any societal issue you can think of.

The word ‘king’, as well as variations such as ‘kings’ and ‘kingdom,’ appears almost 2,000 times in the Bible. But, for some odd reason, we are not supposed to discuss politics in church.

I am no Bible scholar. That some folks think I am reflects their ignorance, rather than my intellectual superiority. I have just read more than some folks. This does not make me a better Christian or even a better person. I am just a bigger nerd. I am just a hack advertising salesman who has developed an interest reading the Bible with an eye to political themes. It would blow most people’s minds if they knew what the Bible really said about these things and how much they are being lied to by pastors and purported Christian politicians.

Most churches nowadays do a rotten job of Bible education. This has resulted in a generation of gullible Christians who stand for nothing and fall for anything.

There are several forces at work here. The Church Growth Movement shares much of the blame. In order to get the maximum number of warm bodies through the doors each Sunday, many churches have sacrificed godliness in the name of relevance. Preach something too controversial and some folks might not come back. Relevance and a packed house are preferable to godliness and a few empty seats.

501(c)(3) is another huge contributor, if you will. This provision of the Internal Revenue Code requires that organizations refrain from endorsing political candidates and keep political comments to a minimum if they wish to remain tax exempt. Most pastors, I fear, are more committed to keeping this exemption than to the struggle against the rulers, authorities and powers of this world. (Ephesians 6:12)

The sad irony of 501(c)(3) is that, while churches compromise Scripture in order to avoid taxes, they remain silent about a tax code that inflicts far more harm on Christians than Ozzy Osbourne, Larry Flynt or Howard Stern ever possibly could.

This situation will only grow worse as federal funding for “faith-based” institutions grows from a trickle to a deluge. What a great way to get more money from someone: speak oh so glowingly of them! You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

Contemporary churches typically discuss only three Scriptures pertaining to the Christian attitude toward government. And even then, they get things all wrong.

I Timothy 2:1-2 instructs us to pray for those in authority. This does not mean that we should be brainlessly uncritical of what they do just because we like their rhetoric or their party affiliation.

Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17 and Luke 20:25 tell us to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. There is a who-o-o-o-ole lot of difference between rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and rendering unto Caesar whatever he willy-nilly demands. Jesus never assigns any specific duties to Caesar. Here in America, our Constitution assigns only 18 duties to Uncle Sam and forbids him from engaging in any other activity.

All the fiery rhetoric of the American Founding ‘ it was based on Christianity, you know2 — was directed at a “tyrant” who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Let me give you a thought experiment: How much easier would it be for you to give ten percent of your income to your church and other Christian causes if half your income did not disappear in the form of taxes? Here’s another thought experiment: How much more able would you be to provide for your family (I Timothy 5:8) if you were not being taxed into the pavement?

If I put a gun to your head and demanded that you hand over your purse or your wallet, you would call it robbery and have me arrested. It is no different when some government flunky demands that you fork over the fruit of your labor under penalty of fines, jail or death. It matters not that ‘ in some ‘democracy’ ‘ the majority voted that half of your income should be confiscated. In God’s eyes, government agents are no better than thee or me. They are subject to the same judgment.3

Romans 13:1-7 is the favorite Scripture of control freaks everywhere. (3) It is too often taken to mean that Christians should obey secular laws without questioning. While we should obey godly laws ‘ i.e. those against murder, rape, theft, etc. ‘ the idea that we should heed every command of secular governments is madness. Indeed, it is downright unbiblical. Civil disobedience is a theme throughout the Bible. (For further reading, see Daniel 3, Daniel 6, Luke 23:2, Acts 4:19 and 5:29.)

Too many people think it is their pastor’s job to spoon feed them Scripture. God gave you a brain. Use it! Take some initiative! Just because your pastor does not discuss certain subjects does not mean that they are not of biblical importance. Jesus told the apostles to be as ‘shrewd as serpents.’ (Matthew 10:15) Discern the world around you in light of God’s Word rather than in light of party agendas.

Again, it would blow your mind if you only knew how much you are being lied to.

We hear a lot of talk about certain movies desensitizing children to the effects of sex, violence and so forth. I see a parallel in politics. Most people today have no memory of life before 1913. We are used to a socialist police state at home and perpetual war for empire abroad. We have no memory of life in a free society. Therefore, we are indifferent about the loss of our freedom. We view the world through the lens of socialism and consider it normal.

Add to this a church that has been derelict in its duty to educate people about a very important theme of Scripture, and you have greased the skids for a slide into slavery and persecution.

In the Old Testament, God rebukes the Israelites for setting up kings without His consent and princes without His approval. (Hosea 8:4) American Christians 2,700 years later are no different. We have rejected God as our king, and we clamor for political saviors. (I Samuel 8:4-20) We are just like secular people in our love affair with the modern superstate, which has no basis in Scripture.

Most Christians simply have no clue that every ‘benefit’ government provides carries a price. The more you ask government to do for you, the more government will do to you. Most Christians are unaware that the worst persecutors of Christians have been governments. Most Christians are unaware that, if you give governments too much power, they will at some point proclaim that ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before us.’

The more we place our faith in the state, the more we reject God. Keep in mind that Jesus was put to death by people who proclaimed, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15) They had become completely allied with Rome and no longer acknowledged their real king.

Government is not nice to begin with. It is at its cruelest when it rejects God. In the Twentieth Century, government was at its most godless. Indeed, in the Twentieth Century, more Christians perished at the hands of their governments for being Christians than in all prior centuries combined.

R.J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, has pointed out that in the Twentieth Century, ‘170 million men, women, and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners.’

But, for some odd reason, we shouldn’t talk about this in church. The devil, undoubtedly, is in the details.


1 http://www.worldviewweekend.com/articles/christianstudents.shtml

2 No, not all of the Founders were Christians. However, many were. And even those who weren’t were far more Christian in their politics than so many of those who purport to be Christians in today’s political scene.

3 Consider Romans 13:1 in the New International Version: “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Now consider it the King James Version: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” As stated in this essay, “In God’s eyes, government agents are no better than thee or me. They are subject to the same judgment.”

Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded LibertarianChristians.com and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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  • Polo

    Thank you for this. Doug Newman (hello-o-o, newman) was one the first libertarians I read during my conversion from the dark side. I haven’t heard from him (or sought him out to my detriment) since he ceased posting on his website. Anyway, thanks for posting this.

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  • Ah, that Romans 13:1-7. There is no crime committed by the state against man or God that those verses have not been perverted to excuse by those who CLAIM to be “the higher powers”, or by their sycophantic followers. I’ve yet to see a satisfying exegetical and hermeneutical examination
    of that verse, but I don’t need one to know that my God is not a god of murder, theft, and lies. And those things, my friends, are what the state does, every time it acts. Even the purported “good” it
    accomplishes only comes about by those means.

  • Anonymous

    All churches should pay taxes

  •  No one should have to pay taxes. Taxation is theft. I am generally in support of anything that actually reduces taxation and spending. The less government has, the better.

  • Care to defend this assertion? Because you just posted it in response to an article that suggests otherwise, without actually offering any rebuttals to the arguments contained in the article.

  • Bryoneill11

    I read your entire post about guns months ago, now I read this post, and I had to do a lot of research about Libertarians. Im no communist or socialist but I think a lot of things should be socialize. And for that we have to pay taxes. Its hard to discuss the matter when you involve the church so much because I dont believe in religion. (even Jesus recognize taxation). Its a necessary evil. We dont live alone in this world. We are part of a society. Societies cant run without government intervention to avoid injustice. Police, Firefighters, Health care, Education, libraries, highways, etc. You propose a war each against the others. Without rights. So, for libertarians, human right doesnt have any value at all. We are not against the government, we are the government. Read Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, John Locke, Adam Smith, Keynes, Max weber, Rawls, Engels, Hegel, etc… So you know why are we here… Why we have social rights… Why we pay taxes. Libertarians and Christians have the thinking of white supreme power of centuries and centuries ago. You said that we need more Education about the Bible, I say thats indoctrination and its illegal. Let the kid decide. Do you know that the countries with higher IQ are mostly atheists, and socialize a lot of things. Arab countries, Latin Countries, African countries, and USA are ones with less IQ in the world, and are the most religious countries in the planet. We need a secular Estate with complete separation Church/Estate to promote real education. To care not about our own well being like Libertarians propose, to care about each other and be tolerant with each other. I see that you like to do tests. Well do this. Its call the veil of ignorance. Put on that veil and erase everything from your head. Forget that you are white, that you are a man, that you are american, forget that you are from this time, forget everything. How do you like to live is you were poor, or a woman, or an animal, or have cancer, or gay (or your son), or black, or Mexican, or Muslim or Atheist, etc. Taxation is to protect everyone because you never know what could happen.
         

  • Bryoneill11

    Edward, Churches should pay taxes because we live in a secular Estate. Complete Separation Church/Estate. Not taxing the churches is like socializing religion, and thats illegal. It goes against the Constitution. Have you seen the Mega Churches? Who do you think pay for that? Who do you think pay for all the lands that churches never report to the government? Government doing this is promoting religion. For example. If you and me are neighbors. And I want to buy a building to spread peace,values, morals, well being, help poor people, help kids without homes, help victims of crimes, etc. I have to pay taxes like everyone else. Unless Im a non profit organization whose activities and finances are subject to IRS audit and public scrutiny. Churches doesnt have to do this.Non-church
    groups receiving tax exemptions must annually file a detailed 990
    statement itemizing
    where the money has gone. The IRS automatically
    waives the 990 requirement for churches. So non religious people are subsidizing this churches that do a lot less than a non profit organization. To all the Churches, synagogues, mosques out there. By the way is the government who decide what is a religion is what is not (Ex. Scientology). Just in christianity alone there is like millions of denominations. And we dont even know what happened to that money? Thats why all these people are rich.    

    Tax-exempt
    status is a privilege not a right and churches should be held
    to the same standards
    as
    other non-profits if not higher standards.
    Btw churches do more ham than good, spread hate and intolerance, and they teach and preach that they have the only truth out there, which is very very dangerous.   

  • Anonymous

    I read your entire post about guns months ago, now I read this post,
    and I had to do a lot of research about Libertarians. Im no communist
    or socialist but I think a lot of things should be socialize. And for
    that we have to pay taxes. Its hard to discuss the matter when you
    involve the church so much because I dont believe in religion. (even
    Jesus recognize taxation). Its a necessary evil. We dont live alone in
    this world. We are part of a society. Societies cant run without
    government intervention to avoid injustice. Police, Firefighters,
    Health care, Education, libraries, highways, etc. You propose a war
    each against the others. Without rights. So, for libertarians, human
    right doesnt have any value at all. We are not against the government,
    we are the government. Read Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, John Locke,
    Adam Smith, Keynes, Max weber, Rawls, Engels, Hegel, etc… So you know
    why are we here… Why we have social rights… Why we pay taxes.
    Libertarians and Christians have the thinking of white supreme power of
    centuries and centuries ago. You said that we need more Education about
    the Bible, I say thats indoctrination and its illegal. Let the kid
    decide. Do you know that the countries with higher IQ are mostly
    atheists, and socialize a lot of things. Arab countries, Latin
    Countries, African countries, and USA are ones with less IQ in the
    world, and are the most religious countries in the planet. We need a
    secular Estate with complete separation Church/Estate to promote real
    education. To care not about our own well being like Libertarians
    propose, to care about each other and be tolerant with each other. I
    see that you like to do tests. Well do this. Its call the veil of
    ignorance. Put on that veil and erase everything from your head. Forget
    that you are white, that you are a man, that you are american, forget
    that you are from this time, forget everything. How do you like to live
    is you were poor, or a woman, or an animal, or have cancer, or gay (or
    your son), or black, or Mexican, or Muslim or Atheist, etc. Taxation is
    to protect everyone because you never know what could happen.

  • Anonymous

    Edward, Churches should pay taxes because we live in a secular Estate.
    Complete Separation Church/Estate. Not taxing the churches is like
    socializing religion, and thats illegal. It goes against the
    Constitution. Have you seen the Mega Churches? Who do you think pay for
    that? Who do you think pay for all the lands that churches never report
    to the government? Government doing this is promoting religion. For
    example. If you and me are neighbors. And I want to buy a building to
    spread peace,values, morals, well being, help poor people, help kids
    without homes, help victims of crimes, etc. I have to pay taxes like
    everyone else. Unless Im a non profit organization whose activities and
    finances are subject to IRS audit and public scrutiny. Churches doesnt
    have to do this.Non-church
    groups receiving tax exemptions must annually file a detailed 990
    statement itemizing
    where the money has gone. The IRS automatically

    waives the 990 requirement for churches. So non religious people are
    subsidizing this churches that do a lot less than a non profit
    organization. To all the Churches, synagogues, mosques out there. By
    the way is the government who decide what is a religion is what is not
    (Ex. Scientology). Just in christianity alone there is like millions of
    denominations. And we dont even know what happened to that money? Thats
    why all these people are rich.    

    Tax-exempt
    status is a privilege not a right and churches should be held
    to the same standards
    as
    other non-profits if not higher standards.
    Btw
    churches do more ham than good, spread hate and intolerance, and they
    teach and preach that they have the only truth out there, which is very
    very dangerous.

  • Anonymous

    Norman double post sorry

  • bryoneill, apparently you haven’t read much about libertarians at all, as demonstrated by the following:

    “You propose a war each against the others. Without rights. So, for libertarians, human right doesnt have any value at all.”

    This is the exact opposite of what libertarians believe. Libertarians believe that all persons have inalienable rights to their lives, liberty, and property. Those rights prohibit all initiations of force. It doesn’t matter what title or office a person holds, it is always immoral to use force or coercion against a peaceful person. This is why we oppose taxation. However, we do not oppose the things that taxation usually funds. Rather, we propose an end to the state’s monopoly on the provision of those things, and advocate peaceful ways of funding them, rather than resorting to the legalized violence of politics.

    “We are not against the government, we are the government. ”

    This is a lie. The government is comprised of people who may legally use violence against peaceful people. Anybody else would be justly considered a criminal for doing so.

    “Read Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, John Locke, Adam Smith, Keynes, Max weber, Rawls, Engels, Hegel, etc”

    Very uncharitable of you to assume that we have not read these people. I have read Machiavelli; he advocated complete abandonment of moral principle in favor of the uninhibited pursuit of power. I have read Hobbes; he was a court-following historian who wrote only what would gain him favor with “the sovereign.” I have read Rousseau; he was a collectivist utopian. I have read John Locke, and he alone out of all the people you mentioned had a grain of sanity in his worldview. He posited that the sole role of government is to protect the natural rights that libertarians hold as paramount virtues, but he was inconsistent in that he did not deal with the fact that governments violate the same rights with the protection of which they are charged, by initiating force against innocent people in order to fund themselves.

    Adam Smith was a plagiarist whose few original ideas were fallacious. Keynes was either downright insane or just an opportunistic power-worshiper; he denied causality and created an economic theory that did not describe a coherent system, and excused any government interference in the economy, no matter how contradictory to economic law (which he denied existed in his works before the General Theory). Max Weber thought that bureaucracy was a good thing – that alone is sufficient to discredit him. Rawls, Engels, and Hegel were full of self-contradiction and don’t even compliment the people you previously listed.

    I’ve read your suggestions and rejected them. You appear to be fully ignorant of the libertarian tradition. So I have a few suggestions for you: read Mises, Rothbard, Spooner, Molinari, Bastiat, Hayek, Tucker, or anyone else who thinks outside the violence-worshiping political paradigm.

    You want us to “care about each other and be tolerant with each other.” Do you have a better suggestion toward achieving that goal than to abandon political violence and seek peaceful alternatives to the state? Because there is nothing caring nor tolerant about the force and coercion which are the state’s only tools.

  • How many people have churches killed in the last century? Because states have killed around 170 million of their own people, and that doesn’t even count the wars they waged against each other. And those were largely the actions of secular dictators, not religiously-motivated at all. Combine all the religious wars, murders, witch-hunts, pogroms, crusades, and inquisitions of all of human history and it won’t amount to a fraction of the blood shed by secular governments in the last century alone. And even when religions have been at their most violent, the state has always and everywhere been the instrument of their violence.

    Religion can advocate violence or peace. But the state is violent at its very core. I, too, advocate a separation of church and state – not for the sake of the state, but because any combination of the two corrupts the church with violent doctrines. But not only the church. The state corrupts society as a whole by forcing its violence on everything it touches.

  • Anna Christa

    “I’ve yet to see a satisfying exegetical and hermeneutical examination of that verse, but I don’t need one to know that my God is not a god of murder, theft, and lies.” I like this, thank you. I’m going to use this as my standard reply to those who invoke rom13:1-7 to sanction the state. 

  • Shea

    Norman, about rendering unto caesar . . . I don’t think Jesus’ words were a commandment to pay taxes to governments, although Christians use that story to justify taxation. I believe Jesus was simply showing the Pharisees and Herodians, who were trying to trap him into saying something he could be arrested for, who their god was (the face on the coin). Everything belongs to God. Why would we think otherwise? 

  • Doug Newman

    Polo – I still post at http://www.thefot.us as well as foodforthethinkers.wordpress.com

  • Polo

     I found the food fer thinkers. Thank you, sir.

  • Anonymous

    How many people have churches killed in the last century? every religious person, because they are dead inside… No seriously, you cant compare all the millions and millions that died because of the religion, with all the wars throughout history. you can bring the same argument about every little thing in the world. Its obvious that all the blood shed in human history is going to be more than anything else. The comparison is not accurate. The thing is that christians killed million and millions of people in the name of religion. Thats madness. I’ve read the bible and its a beautiful piece of art. A fairytale book like greek mythology. If you look closely, its not about peace at all. Its about injustice, murder, genocide, prejudice, discrimination, abuse, incest, etc. Its incredible that in this century and with all the science and technology that we have, theres still people who believe in this thing. When all the countries started to implement a secular estate, then all the nonsense religion killing minimized. Thats why in the last century churches couldn’t kill. Because after more than thousand and thousands of years in power, in every government structure, making decisions and taking our money for nothing, finally someone decided to put an end to all this.

    I dont understand your last paragraph at all. Could you give me examples of how religion could advocate peace, and why the government is violent at its very core? 
    “The state corrupts society as a whole by forcing its violence on everything it touches.” What this supposed to mean? 

  • Anonymous

    I wrote before that I had to do a lot of research to understand Libertarians.

    “This is the exact opposite of what libertarians believe. Libertarians
    believe that all persons have inalienable rights to their lives,
    liberty, and property. Those rights prohibit all initiations of force.
    It doesn’t matter what title or office a person holds, it is always
    immoral to use force or coercion against a peaceful person. This is why
    we oppose taxation. However, we do not oppose the things that taxation
    usually funds. Rather, we propose an end to the state’s monopoly on the
    provision of those things, and advocate peaceful ways of funding them,
    rather than resorting to the legalized violence of politics.”

    So can you tell me your peaceful ways of funding all the things that you agreed should be in the society? I dont get it. Libertarians dont oppose the things that taxation usually funds but they oppose taxation. Contradiction at its finest.

    “Libertarians believe that all persons have inalienable rights to their lives, liberty, and property.”

    This is exactly why taxation exists. To protect all these things. Libertarians are proposing that we should live like cavemen. Wild west style. The law of the gun. Survivor of the fittest. Its the social contract. You gives a little of your power to the government, to protect you, and your things. Thats why we are not killing each other all the time. Because theres a government out there. Inalienable right to their lives, liberty, and property only can exist with government and taxes. You are truly free because there is a government right now protecting you rights with our taxes. If Libertarians are proposing a estate without government interference, and without taxes, then they live in an utopian world in which never bad things never happen. I think Libertarians want anarchy.

    “The government is comprised of people who may
    legally use violence against peaceful people. Anybody else would be
    justly considered a criminal for doing so.”

    We gave them that power to protect us. Thats why we have courts. Otherwise, this would be eye for an eye law.

    “Read Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, John Locke, Adam Smith, Keynes, Max weber, Rawls, Engels, Hegel, etc”

    I wrote all these names because all of them wrote about societies and each book its an answer to other author. All of them think differently, but they are well written and appeal to different way of thinking. Its art in words. All of them trying to figure out why societies exist and our role in them, as well as the role of the government. You throw personal arguments against a lot of authors and that really ruins the true meaning of the books.

     “You want us to “care about each other and be tolerant with each other.”
    Do you have a better suggestion toward achieving that goal than to
    abandon political violence and seek peaceful alternatives to the state?”

    Im tired of explaining to you why government and taxation its fundamental in a society. But not once you are giving out any alternatives on how abandon government and taxes and seek peace

  • “Could you give me examples of how religion could advocate peace”

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

    “”The state corrupts society as a whole by forcing its violence on everything it touches.” What this supposed to mean? ”

    Everything the state does is violent. Its primary purpose is to exercise a monopoly on legalized violence, by the very definition of the term. Soldiers and policemen are hired by the state to threaten, hurt, and kill others with whom the state disagrees. The state monopolizes whatever it can within society, from adjudication to education to healthcare, and collects all of its funding through force. If you try to compete with them, or refuse to pay their extortions, they will take your property BY FORCE and throw you in a cage. If you resist, THEY WILL KILL YOU.

    How can such a system not corrupt a society? Those peaceful and voluntary arenas of society which only want to be left alone are marginalized or driven out of existence by it, and then ridiculed by people who think that violence is the only way to get things done. Thus the violence-worshiping and power-seeking element of society gains primacy over all the rest.

  • “So can you tell me your peaceful ways of funding all the things that you agreed should be in the society? I dont get it. Libertarians dont oppose the things that taxation usually funds but they oppose taxation. Contradiction at its finest.”

    In the Soviet Union, shoes were provided by the state by coercive means. Apparently, you would take that as proof that there were no peaceful means of providing people with shoes.

    Do you really not understand how people can accomplish things without violence? All that you need to do is to imagine that providers of services might ask for people’s voluntary support instead of taking their property by force and under the ultimate threat of death.

    “We gave them that power to protect us.”

    Another lie. I never gave them any such power. I will protect myself, thank you very much, and take the risk that comes by that. I prefer it to the certainty of millions of people dead because the state’s “protection” racket considers them acceptable losses.

    “Thats why we have courts.”

    Courts which collect their fees by violence and act as judges in their own cases.

    “Otherwise, this would be eye for an eye law.”

    That is so far from the truth. If only the courts came that close to dispensing justice! As it is now, the courts victimize the victims of crime in order to pay for the “rehabilitation” (psychological slavery) of criminals, where crime actually occurs. But far more often, the state creates criminals by making peaceful activities illegal, only to use those supposed “crimes” as excuses to take more money from people under the threat of violence. And these people are supposed to be my “protectors”? Please.

    Having a political class protect you is like putting a pedophile rapist in charge of a daycare, and then giving him the power to force children to come, parents to pay, and to exclude the public eye from his operation.