Government, Extortion, and You

Government vs. Mafia: What's the Difference?As an anarchist, I see the world through some quite different lenses than most people. I see government as nothing more than another kind of Mafia; one backed by pieces of paper written hundreds of years ago, and agreed to by small groups of men huddled in special rooms, discussing the best methods for running and maintaining what they euphemistically called, “civilization.” To me, however, what they discussed and agreed to hardly seems civilized. In fact, their agreements seem downright barbaric. For me, there seems precious little difference between the State and the Mafia.

How do government agents differ from Mafiosi? Is there a difference at all, or do they have essentially the same function? I’ll be exploring these questions in the remainder of this article. Read more »

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