1997-05-17 - Re: Just Say “No” to Congress - authority v.s. power

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Raw Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 02:06:08 +0800

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From: tzeruch@ceddec.com
Date: Sun, 18 May 1997 02:06:08 +0800
To: cypherpunks@algebra.com
Subject: Re: Just Say "No" to Congress - authority v.s. power
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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

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?