Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tim Masters, boy genius: The government is evil

Becky Akers documents the life of a promising young man, Tim Masters, destroyed by agents of the state - for ego's sake. I challenge you to read the article from beginning to end, and check her links to background materials. When you finish, if you do not believe that the government is evil, I want to understand how you come to this conclusion. Is it because you believe we need to break a few eggs in order to make the omelet? What is it that you think justifies empowering a special class of men - "employees of the state" - to make false accusations and imprison a man, without any evidence against him, for two decades?

Of course, I'm sure the apologists for the state will be quick to point to the twelve jurors. But it is becoming more and more clear that 12 jurors are no longer sufficient protection from the wiles of the state. Our prisons are swollen with people convicted of non-crimes and many wrongfully convicted innocents. 1 in 100 Americans are in jail or prison. The police investigators and state prosecutors have perfected the art of using cheap tricks like the prisoner's dilemma and the plea bargain to turn the whole process into little more than a traveling circus.

It's time to wake up people. Your fond memories of the friendly small-town cop who even helped change a flat tire on occasion are incongruent with the emerging SWAT-team police-state. We must end the state monopoly on the provision of law and justice before we destroy our social fabric with injustice and state crimes. 

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