In this month's issue, Dr. Fleming discusses anarcho-tyranny, Sam Francis' term for "our bizzare criminal justice system that combines 'anarchy (the failure of the state to enforce the laws)' and 'tyranny - the enforcement of laws by the state for oppressive purposes'. Dr. Fleming writes:
Formerly, the "right to privacy" was understood as a barrier against not only Pecksniffian snoopers and village gossips but particularly an agent of the government who might wish to stick his nose into the household.
Today all is changed. We are free to kill our babies, but the NSA is openly spying on tens of millions of citizens, and any number of federal agencies have the weaponry and the will to use it to destroy the homes and scorch the children of people who own too many guns or think the wrong thoughts.
Nowhere is anarcho-tyranny more evident than in this country's criminal courts. A few weeks ago, I was asked to do the arraignment of an older Central European immigrant. His crime? Burning wood in a metal barrel in his own backyard. A neighbor smelled the smoke and called the fire fighters who rushed into the man's backyard accompanied by police, ignoring his inquiries and roughly shoving him aside. When he dared to protest the manhandling, the cops promptly seized him and arrested him after smashing his head into the ground five times. When he appeared before the judge about a day later, one side of his face was a swollen, bloody bruise.
A week later, I was retained to represent another straight White European Christian male, another member of the group upon which anarcho-tyranny is selectively and disproportionately imposed, as Dr. Fleming points out in his column. This young man was arrested because a relative of his whom he was given a ride, forgot her properly labeled bottle of prescription medication in the cup holder of his car. A police officer saw the bottle in his car and disregarding his target's explanations, promptly slapped on his handcuffs. But blocks away, an abortion clinic is quietly doing its deadly work, without any interference from the government and groups of unruly teenagers habitually run up and down the streets on their way from school, howling profanities and starting fights with impunity. Land of the free, indeed.
Eugene Girin is a New York-based attorney and commentator.