Monday, August 2, 2010


Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu didn't use these words, but the situation he describes ("our own government has become our enemy") is precisely what the late Sam Francis aptly described as "anarcho-tyranny."

Anarchy: a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

Tyranny: oppressive power exerted by government

So, how can both of these co-exist in actuality? Francis explained that we have reached "a combination of anarchy (in which legitimate government functions—like spying on the bad guys or punishing real criminals—are not performed) and tyranny (in which government performs illegitimate functions—like spying on the good guys or criminalizing innocent conduct like gun ownership and political dissent). The result of anarcho-tyranny is that government swells in power, criminals are not controlled, and law-abiding citizens wind up being repressed by the state and attacked by thugs."

Francis wrote those words in 2003. I bet Sheriff Babeu and other law-abiding Arizonans are wishing he wasn't so prescient.


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