The One Book Everyone Must ReadMichael James Scharen
michaelsbookcorner.comSeptember 21st, 2021
Marc Stevens asks: "If if I forced other people to buy my goods or services, would that make me a criminal?" This is what governments do every second of every day, yet they get a pass.
Government: Indicted — by Marc Stevens — was a true eye opener, though I had been following his podcast for at least a year before he wrote it. I recommend this to anyone who lives under the boot of a government and especially those who believe that they do not and even more for those bureaucrats actively taking part in this monstrosity. How can a bureaucrat ruin two or three people’s lives during the day then go home to their families and sleep soundly at night? This is the very height of Double-Think to which we have all succumbed and have done so for thousands of years.
There are many claims that Stevens’ arguments and methods are ineffective, but they have proven to work not only in the U.S. but Canada, the U.K., Australia, Israel, and elsewhere. In his many podcasts, still available on YouTube and in his previous book Adventures in LegalLand, he speaks of the behavior of these denizens of righteousness. Those would be judges screaming, cops claiming to be legal experts, impeached as witnesses and allowed by judges to continue testifying in that capacity, defense councils and prosecutors cowering or psychopaths in black dresses threatening the defendants and Stevens himself with contempt or 72 hour lockup for psychological observation — all for asking perfectly sound questions in court! There very good reasons why judges do not allow recording in courtrooms. Their behavior is often shocking as they have absolute power. Stevens and others have recorded these exalted proceedings though the book cannot communicate this so dramatically.
This book is an excellent synopsis explaining why governments are absurd on their face, harmful, illogical, immoral, and violent. Government is essentially a deified and institutionalized form of Organized Crime, complete with propaganda arms as well as the actual guns lying under all of that paper we call legislation, codes, statutes, and laws. Stevens gets to the point through the simple but brilliant Socratic Method. Such as asking “What facts or evidence are there to prove that the Constitution/Statutes actually apply to me?” Stevens has asked this question in many forms in more than 15 years of experience dealing with judges and prosecutors in court as well as many, many bureaucrats seeking redress for their overseers. Thus far, no such evidence has been produced even with Stevens offer of a reward of $5,000. Even one or two legal scholars have admitted this to be true. By their own rules, these criminals will claim that jurisdiction may be challenged at any time — during arraignment, pretrial, or during trial. Yet they can produce no evidence. Again by their own rules in their own courts — which are perfectly logical — one is not supposed to be allowed to make arguments without evidence. This makes perfect sense by all rules of logic or critical thinking. Those making the claim are the ones who must back up those claims by facts or evidence as proof of their argument. No doubt this is why logic 101 is not a mandatory educational requirement.
Instead, vague claims are made proclaiming that the subject of their attack has consented or that some nebulous Social Contract is in effect. Evidence of such consent is lamely offered in that the victim has applied for a driver’s license or has a passport or birth certificate. Contracts are not valid — again, by the same legal system attacking us — when there has been no negotiation, no meeting of the minds, and certainly not under threat or duress. People get a driver’s license or pay taxes so that they can get on with their lives without some even greater assault being made upon their persons or property — not because they have given consent. Judges and prosecutors have actually told Stevens to his face that “they have guns and prisons so they have the right to do what they do.” This is a logical fallacy having to do with coercion. It is called argumentum ad baculum or appeal to the stick. It is a bald threat of force and has nothing to do with consent. Logical fallacies are what we learn in Logic 101, again.
Stevens also delves deeply into the psychology of government and law enforcement. He points out the inconsistencies, contradictions, and absurdities of the law. Statutes often contradict themselves within the same line or paragraph. The same absurdities are repeated by those proponents for this system. What better way for those overseers to interpret the law in any way they see fit? This is the definition of arbitrary and capricious. Supposedly this is what the American founding fathers rose up against — only to replace it with their own brand. He explores the psychological aspects which include the Milgram experiments on blind obedience to authority causing subjects to apply electric shocks at lethal levels, the Ashe Conformity Experiment and Zimbardo’s disastrous Stanford Prison Experiment. The FBI’s own profile studies outline how the criminal sociopath so closely resembles the profiles for those in law enforcement. Serial killers have an obsession with authority and are often found in cop bars or were failed wannabe cops.
The word Anarchy had been abused by those who truly wish complete disorder. This makes it so much easier for them to step in and apply their own brand of tyranny. What Fascists, Socialists, or other collectivist totalitarians have in common is the disdain for the individual and for voluntary interaction between individuals. All governments operate under this principle that an elite few can decide the fates of vast numbers of people for whom they know nothing about. Their decisions, even with the greatest of intentions, are always harmful and never punished in any meaningful way. It does not matter what hospitals they’ve built or how many rockets they have launched. We do not ask a thief where he/she is spending the money for which they’ve just relieved us. Al Capone ran soup kitchens in Chicago during the Depression (engineered by far greater criminals). This does not mean that Capone was not a thief and a murderer. Anarchy, from the Greek roots simply means without rulers. Most will take this to mean there are no rules. This is where the discussion breaks down. True Anarchists or Voluntaryists want order obtained through voluntary interaction and the nonaggression principle — Christians and fanatics for the twisted system we have should recognize this as the Golden Rule. Don’t attack me and don’t take my stuff! Every six year old understands this, yet we teach them that it is perfectly OK if you call yourself a government. The Double-Think for this double standard is truly astounding. The government builds a road with your money and expects you to thank them. If I forced people to buy my books under duress would people think of me as a criminal? I certainly hope so — but governments get a pass on this. There are good examples of how matters can be settled to keep society moving. I also suggest Murray Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty which describe the American Colonies up to the War of Independence. Pennsylvania had effectively no colonial government for 10 years. Government was a scarce commodity until the British put their foot down. Had it been otherwise and the colonists did not know what they were missing by way of true freedom, it may have never happened.
For several scenarios and alternative views or examples other than governments ruling the masses, checkout my several books at Michael’s Book Corner. In them there are several courtroom scenes and dramas, explanations of how societies would run without an arbitrary violent hierarchy, including security, courts, prosecutions, wildlife conservation, property rights and claims, schools, etc.. These are threads throughout the books which are, first of all, adventure, fun, and intrigue in a science fiction setting.