"The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm."
P. D. Ouspensky
[Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii] (1878-1947) Russian esotericist
A New Model of the Universe, 1931
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Reader comments about this quote:
 -- dsadsadsa, dsadsadsa      
"not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm." This is the worst dribble I have read in my life, leave it up to you Americans to bring it to light!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 -- M Gregoroff, Penticton BC Canada     
    If there is no harm done, then where is the crime? (Perhaps someone ought to remind M Gregoroff that this site is Canadian and Ouspensky was Russian -- blaming Americans is just so easy, isn't it?)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    As in the ancient tradition, "An it harms none, do as ye will." The oldest law, the only law, really.
     -- Lila, Jacksonville     
    The more numerous the crimes listed in the criminal code, the greater the tyranny...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Gregoroff, Penticton... if there is NO HARM, what crime has been committed? Leave it up to a BC Liberal to make no sense at all.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Gregoroff, Your comments are gibberish and this quote is exactly right.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    This isn't new. NYC passed a law in 1908 saying any woman seen smoking a cigarette in public would pay a 100 dollar fine.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
    "what is called crime is very often not a crime at all" That is absolutely correct. Within the de jure States united (USA), "crime" defines an injury or other infraction against rights, person, or property. "In its most general and comprehensive sense, law signifies a rule of action; and this term is applied indiscriminately to all kinds of action; whether animate or inanimate, rational or irrational." (1 Bl. Com. 38) That which above is called law is incorrect when considered within the confines of the States united's laws of nature and of nature's God; such so called laws are in fact and application, rules and application of tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    One of the great things about natural "law" is, that it is static in all countries, universes and beyond. It is the number of tyrannous canons that are constantly growing in all countries. It is up to corporeal man to discover the law (by reason, logic, historical perspective, etc.) and implement such tools as codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. to best define the law for the realization of freedom, liberty, justice, prosperity, wealth building, healthy conditions and the securing of inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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