Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Indian State is Literally a Gang of Criminals

Mr. Libertarian, Murray Rothbard, described the true nature of the State - aka government - in his monumental work The Ethics of Liberty in this way: "The State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large". St. Augustine of Hippo, before Rothbard, said similar things about the State officials in his The City of God: “What are kingdoms without justice? They're just gangs of bandits". Famous abolitionist Henry Clarke Wright wrote this:
States and nations are to be regarded as we regard combinations of men to pick pockets, to steal sheep, to rob on the road, to steal men, to range over seas as pirates - only on a larger and more imposing scale. When men steal, rob and murder as states and nations, it gives respectability to crime - the enormity of their crimes is lost sight of, amid the imposing number that commit them, and amid the glitter and pomp of equipage. (taken from, Carl Watner, The Criminal Metaphor in the Libertarian Tradition, JLS, Vol. V, No. 3 (Summer 1981).
Lysander Spooner, the famous Individual Anarchist constitutional lawyer, said it more clearly:
All the great governments of the world - those now existing as well as those that have passed away - have been of this character. They have been mere bands of robbers, who have associated for purpose of plunder, conquest, and the enslavement of their own fellow men. And their laws, as they have called them, have only been such agreements as they have found it necessary to enter into, in order to maintain their organizations, and act together in plundering and enslaving others, and in securing to each his agreed share of the spoils.

All these laws have had no more real obligation than have the agreements which brigands, bandits, and pirates find it necessary to enter into with each other, for the more successful accomplishment of their crimes, and the more peaceable division of their spoils. (op. cit). 
All these, and especially the last quote of Spooner, perfectly describe the nature of the Indian government who recently cleared an ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification — a move that seeks to nullify an order by the Supreme Court.  Only a criminal government will create a law to protect convicted MPs and MLAs! Instead of protecting the life, liberty and property of its citizens, the Indian government is busy protecting its own criminal gang members! This is not at all surprising.

Few months back, the Indian supreme court ruled that MPs and MLAs will be immediately disqualified if they are convicted in a criminal case by a trial court. The court struck down Section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which protects convicted MPs and MLAs from disqualification if they appeal before a higher court within three months. The Indian government overturned this verdict yesterday by clearing The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2013.

Presently there are total 30% of all politicians in state and central assemblies have criminal charges against them! In the Lok Sabha, 162 of 542 MPs, and in state assemblies 1258 of 4032 politicians have pending criminal cases against them. This means, the Indian government is, as always, made of literal criminals.

Notwithstanding the recent political gimmicks of BJP to distance itself from this ordinance, this ordinance was supported by all the political parties of India when the present government proposed the amendments (see here, here). This should remove all the doubts from peoples' mind that there is any difference between Congress or BJP or any other political party. They all are bunch of robbers and murderers. The State is a gang of criminals writ large. And this is literally true in India where the thug government is busy protecting its gang members so that they can easily participate in the public loot.

As I am saying since long, the only way in which we can save this country and our humanity is by banishing these criminals and their legal exploitation system, the State, once and for all. Delegitimization of the State is what is only going to make our future better. Understanding the true criminal nature of the State and then withdrawing our consent from that criminal state is only going to make our lives better.

UPDATE: I wrote this post in September 2013, and today on 20th November 2013, the kangaroo court of the Indian state - i.e., the supreme court - has declared that jailed politicians can contest elections (see here) because the parliament already amended the law itself! No surprise. The state IS a gang of criminals writ large.

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