Viciousness vs. Criminality July 26, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

July 26, 2010

Lysander Spooner, the renowned 19th century constitutional attorney, drew a critical distinction between vices ? ?those acts by which a man harms himself? ? and crimes ? ?those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.?

Unless that distinction is recognized,? there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property,? Spooner wrote.

Government efforts to enforce so-called laws against vice constitute one of the largest threats to life and liberty. This was recently illustrated in the death of 48-year-old DeFarra Gaymon of Atlanta, who was shot to death by an undercover police officer in a Newark, New Jersey park during a so-called ?sex sweep.?

Gaymon, who was unarmed, allegedly engaged in what was described as a solitary sex act. Though immoral and disgusting, such conduct is a vice, not a crime. The real crime here was the lethal force used against Gaymon when he fled from the police ? but state-mandated crimes are rarely punished.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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