Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Monday, December 17, 2007

    Schoolyard Bullies

    This article at Mises shows just how ridiculous our legal system has become. It is designed to bully people into submission from the very moment of contact with law enforcement, and to completely eradicate the notion of "rights" from a defendant's vocabulary. Innocence and guilt don't even enter into the discussion.

    It's a far cry from my dream of a more balanced legal system, where the citizen and the State are on equal footing. I daresay it's also a far cry from what the founders envisioned when they laid the groundwork for it.

    Granted, the article is rather one-sided, but it mirrors my own experiences almost exactly. The author just did a much better job of relaying the information than I've ever had the patience to compose. Most of the time, when one is finally "free" of the entanglement, forgetting the whole thing quickly is top priority. I'm glad he managed to keep it together long enough to put it in words.

    Posted by Tom, 12/17/2007 6:01:19 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...