White Blackmail

Below is an excerpt from a book published in 1957. In my opinion, this one paragraph describes, through what was a fictional account, the continuing threat through the promelgation of regulations like the FTC R511993.

"Did you really think we wanted those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power the government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."
From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

With the adoption of these new provision by the FTC, over 13 million law-abiding citizens will be denied their right to due process and their 5th amendment rights. Hmm. Just in time for Independence Day. Go wave a flag.


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