Mondays With Murray: What Crimes Does The State Hate Most?Submitted by McWilly on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 14:55
In this edition of “Mondays With Murray” we’ll take a quick look at Murray’s take on what really pisses the state off: crimes against it’s dominance that threaten to undermine the existence and control of the giant. From Anatomy of the State:
“We may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely—those against private citizens or those against itself?
The gravest crimes in the State’s lexicon are almost invariably not invasions of private person or property, but dangers to its own contentment, for example, treason, desertion of a soldier to the enemy, failure to register for the draft, subversion and subversive conspiracy, assassination of rulers and such economic crimes against the State as counterfeiting its money or evasion of its income tax.
Or compare the degree of zeal devoted to pursuing the man who assaults a policeman, with the attention that the State pays to the assault of an ordinary citizen. Yet, curiously, the State’s openly assigned priority to its own defense against the public strikes few people as inconsistent with its presumed raison d’etre.”
Under Obama, we’re seeing this ramped up even more aggressively, with the attempted and sometime achieved prosecution of whistleblowers in recent months, plus clampdowns on public demonstrations. Bradley Manning will spend 35 years in prison for his “crime” of revealing atrocities committed by the government.