Even Your Backyard Is Safe From . . . Them
57, of Brevard County, Florida, is going to spend the next year
in prison. He must have done something pretty bad, right? Beat someone
up, maybe? Steal a car?
a six pack?
far worse in the eyes of our protectors in government:
a bunch of old cars in his yard.
yard. Not someone elses. His you know, the land he
gets to pay endless rent to the government for as a condition of
the perpetuation of the fiction that hes the owner. Except
of course, hes not and this business about sending
him to the clink for a year proves it.
old cars on his land, picking parts to earn money. The county commissars
will not have it. First came the harassing letters. Then came the
harassing fines. Next came the harassing men with guns who
took Biel to jail for noncompliance. He was released,
but only on condition that he clean up his (cough) yard.
When he failed to do so, he was sentenced to a year at Hotel Graybar
for violating probation. A felony. (See here
for the full new story.)
my stuff on my own property, Biel argued.
just been educated about who is the real owner of his
What Biel enjoyed
the privilege of paying annual rent to the government for is squatters
rights. He and you, and I may occupy a house or
use a piece of property under certain conditions conditions
subject to being changed at whim of the landlord, the true owner,
the government. We have every right to object so long as
we ultimately comply. If the government says you may not
keep an old car or just a car thats not currently registered
on (cough) your property, then youd better comply,
or else. The or else being an escalator of coercion
that begins with the little love notes received by Biel, followed
in time by men in costumes with guns who will make sure you do comply,
even if it means killing you to make it so. Which is what will happen
if you have the audacity to resist to actually defend (cough)
to note that no one not even the government accused
Biel of actually harming anyone. You know, of having committed a
crime. Well, at least not a crime in the old sense of the
term, when crime necessarily entailed victim.
Biel victimized no one. In fact, he helped people
by finding and selling car parts DIY mechanics needed to keep their
cars running. But of course, you must have government permission
to do that and of course, pay the necessary tribute.
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