Most people do not think of most government actions as violent.  After all, how could a government law banning drugs or other victimless vices be “violent”?  Many people will say “There ought to be a law” to fix some problem they don’t like, without even considering that they are ultimately condoning violence without realizing it.

Violence is to use, or threaten, physical force against another person.  All laws are violent.  Disagree?  Try breaking one.  You will either have your money taken or be thrown in a prison cell.

Does this mean all laws are bad?  Not necessarily, or at least, I don’t think so.  I don’t have a problem using violence against a murderer to make him pay the ultimate penalty for his crime, or against a thief to force him to pay restitution to the victim.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t violent.  It is still using force.

I hold that using force against those who have yet to do so to someone else is wrong.  As such, I oppose all laws against actions which do not have an identifiable victim.

If you disagree, I’d like to hear why.  Feel free to comment.


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