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UTC Datetime: 1997-05-17 18:06:08 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 02:06:08 +0800
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 02:06:08 +0800 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Just Say "No" to Congress - authority v.s. power In-Reply-To: <Pine.SUN.3.91.970516230840.24291Efirstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <97May17.email@example.com> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain On Thu, 15 May 1997, Vladimir Z. Nuri wrote: > anyone who disbelieves in the authority of the US government > yet sends them their tax money is a hypocrite. They just want their own federal reserve notes back - Render unto Caesar... But to the original point: Then so is anyone who gives money to an armed robber who offers the alternatives of payment or bodily harm. It is a voluntary decision to give money to the robber instead of letting him remove it from your corpse. His weapon gives him power without authority, and you (or your survivors) appeal to the legitimage authority of the police to address the situation. China has a government. Is everything it does to its citizens legitimate? If so, why - is it might makes right? If not, what is unique about the US government being a mixture of a little democracy and a lot of bureaucracy that makes any act by any agent legitimate?
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