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Josie the Outlaw: On Being An Outlaw

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"The rule of law"

is not merely overrated; it is a profoundly evil idea.

As Jeremy Locke wrote, in The End of All Evil:

The rule of law is the single most dangerous idea ever inflicted upon mankind.

It has gone by countless names throughout the ages of history. In more basic tribes it is known as respect for elders. In the tyranny of royalty, it is known as nobility, birthright and divinity. In communism it is known as the supremacy of state. In dictatorships it is known as the antidote to anarchy. In theocracies it is known as revelation.

The net teaching of this idea is that you are to obey the law, not because of its merits or its morality. You are to obey only because it is the law. It is assumed that even if the law is wrong, then it is right to follow because it supports the system, and the system is more important than you.

In order for an intelligent person to choose what is right, they must know who is asking obedience of them, they must consider why it is being asked, and what it is they are being asked to do. Only then can they decide for themselves if it is right. This is not what authority wants. Authority is not concerned with you doing what is right, it is only concerned with obedience.

Culture teaches that the nature of the law and what it asks you to do are irrelevant. Culture teaches that obedience is propriety. Culture teaches that when law is created it becomes morality.

Law is a weapon. It is used by evil to attack its prey. Whether in the name of duty to king, loyalty to state, or rule of law, law is the weapon used to extort and control. Culture upholds the nobility of law. Culture teaches that law is proper and good. It never questions who wrote the law; tyrant and brother are the same. Culture never questions whether or not the law is right. You are to obey no matter what it says. In this fashion, law is a powerful weapon to be used against you. All principalities create volumes of laws that take lifetimes to understand and armies of lawyers to manipulate. All of these things are weapons in the hands of the powerful, which they will use at your expense.

Law holds value only to those who create it, and only because your culture demands that you obey it. The purest invitation to tyranny is your commitment to obey law regardless of what it says. Against you, the law becomes the perfect weapon. Whomever controls the law, controls you. Your worth is measured by the extent of your obedience.

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Highly recommended.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Law is good

.

Good for what?

Replacing individual moral judgment with authoritarian commands?
Keeping "the system" firmly in the hands of its rulers?
Killing liberty and legitimizing authority?
Keeping bureaucrats, politicians, cops and their whole gang well fed?
Keeping the slaves docile, 'cause it's our government, we can vote!!! Whoopee!! We is free n!ggers! We can vote!!

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Good for imposing order on

Good for imposing order on violence rather than the default state of random violence, in which civilization and culture are basically impossible, especially markets and trade.

Laws are rules. Voluntary rules may be best, but historically law is and order are what allowed the conditions to exist where liberty in a real civic sense could flourish.

Sure, there is a primitive kind of liberty of the jungle, every animal for itself, where force rules without any orderly path or predictability. But any project that takes longer than a mammoth hunt requires regularity and predictability.

If ordered force was required to ingrain lawful behavior and make the human animal keep promises, than that is how higher civilizations formed. That is what allows millions and now billions to survive. The market order is an emergent phenomenon of law and custom that originally depended on the law and rules that bound groups.

Absence of law is just the law of the jungle. Not the kind of liberty I put value on.