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Comment: The difference between government and a criminal gang:

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The difference between government and a criminal gang:

Government has flags outside its offices.

Seriously, there is one real difference: most of the people ruled by governments accept that rule as legitimate. They believe that they have a moral duty to obey its orders ("laws"), and that it is morally wrong to disobey (commit "crimes"). The sanction of the victims -- obtained via the superstition of "authority" -- is what makes a government something more than a gang of thugs.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose