"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. "
Max Stirner
[Johann Kaspar Schmidt] (1806-1856) German philosopher
The Ego and His Own
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Bernie Madoff is in jail for life for doing things that Congress does on a routine basis. Roger Clemens was on trial for lying to Congress while they lie daily to the citizens of this country. A crime for us is business as usual for the boys and girls inside the beltway.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    I'm not a fan of anarchy but we have too many ridiculous laws and we need to introduce some morality to our court system.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US      
    A GREAT QUOTE! It is true that groups, clubs, societies, states, governments enact or acquiese to certain standards, mores, laws, and regulations. For the sake of community, cohesion, happiness of the village, city, town, state, nation, people generally fall into line with these traditions, laws etcetera. Such is life.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Well, we only have to look at the hapless Bernie Madoff who tried to duplicate the government ponzy scheme of Social Security. He patterned his scam after the government's own scam and ended up in prison for the rest of his life.
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
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    There is some truth in this statement but it can't stand alone without qualification.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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    Succinct and to the point and oh so accurate in today's times. I'd guess about 95 percent of the politicians on Capitol Hill AND in the state houses belong in the pen where they can no longer rob and steal from us. It's all quite justified in their mind, I'm sure. Talk about ENTITLEMENT whores, the shoe definitely fits them. They feel entitled to their fat salaries with guaranteed raises and creme of the crop benefits - but I got new for them, if they were working a regular job with the work performance they have - out the door on their collective keister imo. And not a minute too soon. IF ONLY>
     -- Anne, Kansas City     
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    Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?...... A: One is filled with blackmailers, tax-evaders, and threats to society. The other's for housing prisoners.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    J Carlton, too true and I really like it ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The state calls its own violence War and that of other countries terrorism. American violence/wars are born from false flags, propaganda, nationalism, and religious extremism. A few have ventured outside the cave and have seen the light of day, but most are still inside happy with their shadows on the wall.  
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
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