Government attempts to change behavior by threatening the
confiscation of property. This confiscation is called a
"fine." It is clearly the denial of the fundamental
right of property.
Example: The government says you must do something, or refrain
from doing something. If you do not comply, the government may seize
your assets or order you to pay a sum of money. If you fail to
pay, you will go to jail.
This is a form of theft.
If I steal your car, what is "justice?"
No, justice means restitution. It means I restore
you to the way you were before my crime. You have your car back,
same make, model, and year, in the same condition. You are
compensated for the bus fare you needed to get to work without
your car. I undo all the damage. I make you whole.
- Making you pay $25,000 a year to warehouse me in a federal
- Putting me to death?
- Levying a large fine on me, which the government collects
and adds to its general revenues?
Prisons provide no justice. They are
schools for criminals.
Real Justice not only makes the victim whole, it brings
dignity back to the offender.
Before fines are assessed, the government often engages in an
intentionally intimidating and threatening process of harassment
called "an audit." See taxation.