1996-05-15 - Re: Why does the state still stand:

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From: Ed Carp <erc@dal1820.computek.net>
To: jimbell@pacifier.com (jim bell)
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UTC Datetime: 1996-05-15 11:45:54 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 19:45:54 +0800

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From: Ed Carp <erc@dal1820.computek.net>
Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 19:45:54 +0800
To: jimbell@pacifier.com (jim bell)
Subject: Re: Why does the state still stand:
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> doing the collection.  In fact, I'll go so far as to say that it would 
> probably cost less than 10 cents to prevent the collection of $1 worth of 
> tax, and probably closer to a penny.  Any analysis of the destruction of the 
> state is incomplete without considering such a scenario.

That's why terrorism is so effective.  It only takes a few pounds of 
Sentex or C-4 to produce millions of dollars of damage.  It only takes 
the T's getting lucky *once* - we have to be lucky *all the time*.

Now, take that scenario and turn it around.  It only takes a little 
effort to frustrate the IRS, the FBI, or whoever your target happens to 
be.  The problem, however, is twofold - (1) the government will play mind 
games on the rest of the population to make you look like a terrorist, or 
whatever turns the populace against you, and (2) the government tends to 
use a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.  They don't care what kind of 
collateral damage they inflict (witness Waco and Ruby Ridge) as long as 
they can make their point.
Ed Carp, N7EKG    			Ed.Carp@linux.org, ecarp@netcom.com
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